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Going in the right direction,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Clockwise Man (New Series Adventure 1) (Hardcover)
When I first approached this book I struggled to see its place in the canon of Doctor Who works. It seemed to read as a hybrid of the TARGET novelisations and the Virgin New Adventures; not really sure which way it wanted to commit. As I read on however, the narrative took off and I was left with a more intelligent and intriguing story than the old TARGET adaptations of the classic series and something that wasn't trying to hard to reach a more 'adult' audience.
Sometimes the author has The Doctor trying too hard to match Chris Eccleston's screen persona; resulting in a breakdown of coherence in some of the narrative. There are also too many characters squeezed in at the start, however this group is fairly quickly diminished one way or another!
The hardback format is excellent - giving this range of books a more sophisticated and pleasing finish - the cover of 'The Clockwise Man' also scores highly, for the great look and accurate depictions of The Doctor and Rose (no squashed up faces and unrecognisable garments here!) The writer also makes much of The 9th Doctor's leather jacket and sonic screwdriver meaning the novel is definitely going to appeal to new fans as well as established 'Whovians'.
All-in-all the story is well-paced but a little overlong; it knows what it wants to be and is a definite improvement on the patchy 'Monsters Inside'. The Doctor is dead - Long live The Doctor!