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Harry's Folly, Wolf's Bane,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Wolfsbane (Paperback)
The essential elements of Wolfsbane are at once engaging and at odds. I found myself enjoying the story and the characterisation, and at the same time feeling that the tone of the story wasn't quite right - or the pacing was a little off. I'm sure its probably just me, but that's precisely the point of writing a personal review.
The characterisation of the fourth Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane are great. I found Tom Baker's voice drifting through my head - and I'd stop for a moment and go back to allow him to reiterate a point he'd already made in the appropriate voice. Harry's stable Naval background flowed through his thoughts and deeds, and you could empathise with him when the point came between choosing the path best trodden, by the rules of common sense, or the heroic solution, appropriate to someone who has got tangled up with the Doctor.
However, I found myself hankering for a slightly different tact on characterisation and storytelling - and The Burning came to mind. When I read that book I could envisage the Hammer Horror version of the events being portrayed - and somehow this book too, with its veins of madness, witchcraft and slavering werewolves, demamded the same kind of approach. The pacing seemed to rob the piece of any tension or horror, and instead I felt I was a little plodding in places. Or at least I was desperate to move on and find out what was happening to the other characters.
Still, the story engaged me, the characters entertained me and I'd didn't come away from the experience never wanting to touch another Doctor Who novel again. I did feel the final few pages were surplus to requirements and didn't add anything to the tale - but otherwise, I thoroughly recommend the rest of the book!