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2.0 out of 5 stars Functional but soulless arc finale, 25 Jan 2004
This review is from: Doctor Who: Sometime Never... (Paperback)
FINALLY, the hopelessly over-extended and over-convoluted arc of the recent Eighth Doctor novels reaches its climax with Sometime Never... Long-term readers will finally get the answers they've been waiting for since The Ancestor Cell (31 whole books ago!), and to his credit Richards does manage to tie up a good 99 per cent of those lingering threads in a convincing - if not always enjoyable - manner.
Unfortunately the downside is that the bulk of the original story of the novel itself is rather uninspiring - the characters are shallow and one-dimensional, the long-heralded replacements for the Time Lords are just as boring, the bulk of the novel seems to consist of the regulars running around in circles in the Institute of Anthropology, and there is - inevitably, large doses of continuity and technobabble.
Sometime Never...is a step backwards for Richards after his previous 8th Doctor novels, and despite the complex arc-resolution this reads for the most part like a speed-written filler. Casual readers should avoid this like the plague, but committed EDA followers will find this to be a welcome release in spite of its shortcomings.
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