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Taking Umbra - ige,
This review is from: Shadowmind (New Doctor Who Adventures) (Paperback)
The Umbra has got to be one of the least impressive DW monsters ever. Supposedly stealing minds and memories from the colonists of the planet Arden, it manifests as a large black cloud and the telepathic voice of an adolescent child.
The Doctor, Ace and Benny quickly join forces with the colonists to repel the insidious invader - Ace wrestles with her conscience after seeing one new friend too many die; The Doctor does what he does whilst Benny does...well nothing really.
This story is a definite Sci-Fi effort; spaceships exchange laser fire, genre-specific terminology appears regularly ('The Broadsword's drive cut and the ship tumbled, propelled by the undamaged thruster domes') and a squadron of space troopers parachutes into hostile terrirtory. In this regard it entertains - however we learn nothing new about the principal characters (a flaw common to this series) and the prose itself is somewhat limited.
That said, it's an acceptable entry into the NEW ADVENTURES canon.