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This review is from: Doctor Who: Byzantium! (Paperback)
Coming between TV stories The Rescue and The Romans, this novel sees the TARDIS travellers arrive slap-bang in the middle of Roman-dominated Greek life, and with detailed descriptions of crucifixion and torture this is no Frankie Howerd giggle-fest.
Keith Topping has a good pedigree as a Doctor Who writer: Doctor Who: The Hollow Men being arguably the best BBC books original novel published between the end of the Virgin range and the beginning of the new TV series in 2005. Historically fascinating and written in a fluidly gripping style, the novel isn't perfect but is as near as dammit.
The Doctor's companions: Ian, Barbara and Vicki are all drawn into the sadistic and raw world of early Christianity and brutal oppression, and The Time Lord himself becomes involved with a group of Christians; scenes handled sensitively and efficiently by Topping.
Overall this is a highly enjoyable story and a worthy addition to any Doctor Who fans' library.