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4.0 out of 5 stars Empire of Death - not Glasgow, 21 Mar 2004
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Empire of Death (Paperback)
David Bishop captures both the feel of mid-Victorian Britain and the essence of the Fifth Doctor in Empire of Death. At times the first half of the book moves at a sedate pace, punctuated by the odd burst of action, but it picks up in the latter part.
Where this book does score highly is in its treatment of the 5th Doctor and companion Nyssa. The Doctor's portrayal is one of the more accurate ones in tune with Peter Davison's tenure as the Time Lord; he is often at the scene of the action, but more often as an observer than an active participant. Nyssa's character receives some much needed attention and depth; as this is the first novel to feature her as a sole companion, she is not overshadowed by the presence of Tegan. The author deals sympathetically with the Trakenite's feelings about the loss of her family, home world and her TARDIS friends, something most screen and book writers have left alone.
There are some plot holes that irritate, and minor characters who do not convince, and these are the only reasons why I don't allow Empire of Death a 5-star rating.
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