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Feels like a Virgin New Adventure,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice (Hardcover)
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The Wheel of Ice is an interesting mix. Using an old Doctor, in this case the 2nd Doctor, but feeling like one of the better Virgin New Adventures than the more recent 'Doctor Who lite' novels. It's certainly nothing to complain about, though.
The monsters of the piece, the Blue Dolls, seem a little familiar at times but it's probably due to using classic aspects of other monsters of the time rather than any particular character in classic Who. They do a good job of presenting the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe with a few problems of their own, though.
Based on some of the novels I've read, Jamie is a hard character to get right, often leading him into a pastiche of a period Scott, but here he seems to be a very recognisable character. That said, even the TV series still managed to make him slightly cringeworthy at times.
The only downside to this novel is the length of time between interesting events, usually to explain something or set up the next exciting set piece. But, in a way, this is mirroring some of the episodes of the time (and those well into the 70's as well).
The Wheel of Ice is certainly a worthy addition to the Classic Who stories and fans of the period should be pleased by the authentic feel of the story. Those new to Who may struggle with pacing here, but it's still a recommended read.