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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctors Stuck In Transit, 30 July 2014
This review is from: Transit (New Doctor Who Adventures) (Paperback)
Doctor Who: Transit.
264 Paperback Novel.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor.
Companion: Benny
Main enemy: Fred.
Main setting: London, 2109.
Publisher: Virgin Books.
Writer: Ben Aaronovitch.
Release number: 10.

Trivia.
1)In his house the Doctor tries to retroactively stock his cupboards, but he forgets.
2)The Thousand Day War was fought with the "Greenies", a slang term for Ice Warrior.
3)Ubersoldaten were augmented soldiers that fought in the Thousand Day War.
4)Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart is the only surviving "super soldier" created after the Thousand Day War with Mars (the rest were killed by her adoptive father).
5)Moneypens are used to transfer currency.
6)The Doctor refers his third, fourth and fifth incarnations' liking for wine, ginger beer & cricket respectively.
7)The Doctor gets drunk celebrating the universe's birthday with Kadiatu.
8)Earth's official First Contact with aliens is embodied in the Arcturan Treaty of 2085.
9)Bernice does not look when she walks out of the Tardis & falls down a hole.
10)The family motto of the Lethbridge-Stewarts is here stated as: Nemo me impine lacessit ("No one attacks me with impunity").
11)The Lethbridge-Stewart family has a long history of military service & an interest in the unusual.
12)Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart dreams of Pythia. She is related (by both adoption & some of the genetics used to create her) to Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.

Plot Synopsis.
It's the ultimate in mass transit systems, a network of interstitial tunnels that bind the planets of the solar system together, Earth to Pluto in forty minutes with a supersave non-premium off-peak travelcard.

But something is living in the network, chewing its way to the very heart of the system & leaving a trail of death & mutation behind it.

Once again a reluctant Seventh Doctor is dragged into human history, Back down amongst the joyboys, freesurfers, chessfans, politicians & floozies, where friends are more dangerous than enemies & one man's human being is another's psychotic killing machine.

Once again the Doctor is all that stands between humanity & its own mistakes.

Timelord Thoughts.
Transit is a novel for more mature Doctor Who readers as it contains F' word swearing & deals with more adult references that's packed with interesting concepts as writer Ben Aaronovitch has written a witty enjoyable & flawed NA adventure.

Transit is a novel that focuses on it's characters more than it does on the Doctor or his new companion Bernice Summerfield yet works fairly well because it is a really interesting gritty story where a solar system is linked by a network of trains that travel throughout some kind of interstitial tunnels in deep space.

The network echoes Skynet in the Terminator movies becoming self as things start to go very wrong & passengers are being killed in droves in transit, or mutating into bloodthirsty ceatures while the Doctor tries to come up with a plan to save the humans as he battles against AIs & a interplanetary mass transmat system as writer Aaronovitch cranks up the tension & pace to his novel here to alarming effect.

However I wasn't sold on the character of Kadiatu Lethbridge Stewarts as Aaronovich saddles her with one of the most significant legacies in Doctor Who's history & while her character is quite intriguing it feels like Kadiatu is overshadowing Benny Summerfield who only officially joined the Tardis in the previous adventure is completely underused in his novel & hardly features in the book as her character is reduced to become a mindless zombie for much of the adventure while the Seventh Doctor at times feels completely out of character even getting drunk at one point which I found completely stupid & added nothing to the overall plot.

Transit has divided Doctor Who fan's, some like it other's loathe it yet it is one of those NA novels that's always going to be talked about in the fan community, at times Aaronovitch story is imaginative & suspenseful while other times seems completely out of character & a uneven tone makes Transit a Marmite NA adventure.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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Initial post: 30 Jul 2014 16:12:24 BDT
Tim Bradley says:
One wonders why this wasn't chosen next to be adapted into a Big Finish audio instead of 'The Highest Science'. Perhaps Big Finish couldn't get the rights from Ben Aaronvitch which is odd.

Fantastic reviewing timelord, and I really like how you warn readers/customers about this book being for a more mature audience with adult themes and swearing.

Perhaps that's why Big Finish aren't adapting this book into audio, although I do remember in your review for 'Damaged Goods' that it had adult themes and swearing and Big Finish have already adapted and recorded that story.

Really great review on 'Transit'. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Is there a reference to Ace following 'Love and War' in this book? Tim.

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 16:57:23 BDT
rbmusicman says:
I'm guessing 'Tim' also tried to register a vote for the review, doesn't look that
either counted ?
(sadly the 'F' word can frequently be heard in many '12' movies these days)
Enjoyable reading as always.

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 17:24:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jul 2014 17:25:37 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
No reference to Ace in this Tim, I was shocked at the bad language when I first read this in the early 90's, Personally I don't think DW needs profanity it can deal with mature themes without the F word.

Also I was surprised just how underused Benny was in this adventure, If this was adapted by Big Finish it wouldn't contain the bad language.

Thank you both for the kind comments, I appreciate it,

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 18:59:25 BDT
Thanks for the warning about the swearing, Timelord, great review.
I know my grandchildren's interest in Dr Who will step up a gear with the new TV series, it looks as if this book won't be quite suitable for them. Not for a year or two anyway!

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 19:57:12 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Fair review timelord007. Some of the NA storylines did go a bit far in their striving to be 'new' and 'original' I think.

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 21:31:16 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
No problem, several of these NA novels dealt with more mature themes & harsh language & was with intention to shock & as these books were written between 1990 - 95 during the series hiatus & the shows waning popularity at the time it was allowed more freedom of expression, It wouldn't be allowed in the recent novels now as the series is popular family show again.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 07:45:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jul 2014 07:45:41 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
As regards the underuse of Benny: I remember Ben Aaronovitch saying at the time that since deadlines meant he wouldnt have the chance to read Love and war before or during writing this, and thus he wouldnt know much about benny as a character till he had, so he suggested just making her possessed throughout the story so that if she acted out of character, it wouldnt matter. The editors liked the idea and went with it

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 09:01:14 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Cheers Paul great bit of Trivia my friend.
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