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A new era!,
This review is from: Timewyrm: Genesys (New Doctor Who Adventures) (Paperback)
When the death knell sounded for British television's most enduring Science-Fiction show, few expected it to return. Its revival was delayed but it was dramatically assured nearly fourteen years later. However, prior to this, a mere two years after the show was axed the Doctor and his companion Ace were given a new lease of life in the Virgin 'New Adventures' series.
The series kicked off with the 'Timewyrm' series, a tetrarchy of original stories featuring the Seventh Doctor as embodied by Scot, Sylvester McCoy. These were to be followed by a trilogy and then a series of original stories. The first four novels received a lukewarm response form the public and this, the first in the series, attracted its fair share of criticism. Ultimately 'Timewyrm:Genesys' is a decent read, free from the constraints of the BBC SFX department John Peel develops the central characters and introduces a worthy foe in the form of the evil Timewyrm, a renegade 'queen' who was executed for treason but survived, replacing her vital organs with machinery.
The 'historical stories' always seemed to bring out the best in DW writers and this is no exception; swarthy medieval warriors, serving wenches and court musicians all rub shoulders with intergalactic nomads whilst the Doctor and Ace renew their friendship after the drama of 'Survival'. Terrance Dicks was to pick up this thread with even greater success in the next Timewyrm story:EXODUS.