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The Eagle has Landed,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Apollo 23 (Hardcover)
Matt Smith's incarnation of the Doctor has invited comparisons with Patrick Troughton's version and this book reminded me very much of an early Troughton story which I had listened to the soundtrack of the week before.
Overall, this is a great story with some very interesting moments and genuine 'cliffhangers', though the resolutions of those moments tend to be somewhat downplayed, almost as though the cliffhangers were forced into the plot.
Amy doesn't seem particularly well characterised until the latter part of the book. Before that it could easily have been any companion involved in the story.
The Birmingham setting of the book is a red herring and does not particularly fit logically with what is going on. It would have been better had this been changed to a mall in Texas (It feels as though Birmingham was shoehorned in to make the story more British).
Matt Smith's Doctor comes out clearly in the story, despite having appeared in only a few stories.
The characterisation of the secondary characters, particularly those on the Moonbase are very good.
A nice reference to a Pertwee story is given without getting in the way of the plot.
The 'Apollo 23' of the title - wonderful detail and fun to imagine.
The aliens of the story are very different with a very good reason for doing what they do. It is perhaps unfortunate that they only really make an appearance at the very end of the story.
A nice read that fills in the wait between episodes on the television.