This review is from: Doctor Who: The Bodysnatchers (Mass Market Paperback)
Continuing my read through of Eight Doctor novels I have come to the one I was most looking forward to reading. The Bodysnatchers. The reason I was looking forward to reading it is because I'd read a library copy back in 1998 and remember thoroughly enjoying it. However even if I hadn't the cover blurb simply makes you want to read it. I love stories set in the Victorian time, they are usually very atmospheric and the characters always seem so much more alive than other novels.
The book builds up swiftly and then the action just keeps on coming. I know some people like a lot of build up, but I prefer my stories to be fast paced and action packed. The Bodysnatchers doesn't disappoint here, but the characters are built up enough in order for you to visualise them clearly. The only annoyance is The Doctor's latest companion, Sam, who is still utterly irritating at times. However, like in Vampire Science, this is how she is meant to be, so it shows the author is doing his job well.
Talking of characters a couple of old faces return. Firstly Professor Litefoot who was in the TV serial "The Talons Of Weng Chiang" and secondly the Zygons. The Bodysnatchers was Mark Morris' first Dr Who novel so for him to be trusted with 2 fan favourites just goes to show how much talent this guy has. He has Litefoot down totally, you can honestly believe it is the same Litefoot from the TV show. The Zygons involvement was a masterstroke, and they too are spot on to the TV show.
One thing worth mentioning is the very adult content present throughout the book. As the title suggests dead bodies are frequent throughout, most have suffered horrible fates and the author describes these in vivid detail. As such I wouldn't recommend it as suitable reading material for anyone under 12.
I was hoping this book would be as good as I remembered at 17, and it was. The Bodysnatchers is a simply fantastic book, and one I'd thoroughly recommend to casual fans just getting started with the Eighth Doctor.