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2.0 out of 5 stars Going Out With A.... Whimper, 27 Mar 2001
This review is from: Doctor Who: Escape Velocity (Mass Market Paperback)
This is Colin Brake's first novel, ( personally I think he should stick to script writing for TV ).
From The Burning to Father Time, it has been fantastic to see a series of gripping novels, that have been well written, a joy to read and remembered fondly. Sadly, Escape Velocity does not do justice to its predecessing stories of The Doctor's century of helplessness.
The idea of having our favourite Time Lord stranded on Earth, given his near-immortality potential and WALKING through history for a change, was truly brilliant. I take my hat off to the person who thought of that one.
Escape Velocity however does not put the cherry on the cake, as I hoped.
Colin Brake's obsession with Brussels eclipses the actual storyline, the Kulan seem a rather flat, destructive race and their 'cop-out' end was not at all scintilating. Also the characters depicted were, agreeably, stereotypical of his script-writing background and the death tool was a little overused.
Is it me, or is the character of Control becoming boring now ?
The novel has its saving graces, I admit. The Doctor's final discovery of his true TARDIS is magical, along with his reunion with Fitz. The character of Anji Kapoor seems promising too and I must admit I have this image in my head of her looking like Nisha Batra from Brookside!
At least we know now that The Doctor is back on track, even if his memory is still not what it used to be and the end of the book leaves nostalgic thoughts with us all, I am sure.
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