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Breaking into uncharted space,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Frontier Worlds (Paperback)
What strange attraction lures people to the planet Drebnar? When the TARDIS is dragged there, the Doctor determines to find out why.
He discovers that scientists from the mysterious Frontier Worlds Corporation have set up a base on the planet, and are trying to blur the distinction between people and plants. The TARDIS crew plan to prevent a biological catastrophe -- but their plan goes wrong all too soon.
Compassion finds her undercover work so engrossing she risks losing her detachment. Fitz seems too distracted by the local population to keep his eye on Compassion. So when the Doctor gets trapped in a freezing wilderness, who can stop him from falling victim to a lethal experiment in genetic modification?
For something else has been lured to Drebnar, something that Frontier Worlds Corporation will ruthlessly exploit without care for the consequences -- an ancient organism which threatens to snuff out Drebnar's solar system.
Frontier Worlds is one of the better post TV series Doctor Who novels that I've read. It's a fairly standard story with an engaging if unimaginative plot, but Peter Anghelides' writing style is good enough to raise the novel above its average content.
The Eighth Doctor's curious companion Compassion seems more freed up here than the symbolic, one-dimensional character than she's seemed to date. Cocky 1960s Londoner Fitz also comes across as being a lot more likeable than we're used to, and as the two companions are separated from TheDoctor we see them come into their own at last.
Ultimately this is an Eighth Doctor novel where although absent from the action for swathes of the story, the nomadic Time Lord really seems comfortable in his latest skin while his companions benefit from his absence. Good effort and definitely recommended.