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Boring, confusing, and no monsters!,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Dreams of Empire: 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
I'm trying to get through all of the 50th anniversary novels and was really excited to read this one because the second Doctor is one of my favourites. Unfortunately he doesn't get to do much in this novel - it's more about the other characters involved in the confusing civil war. I didn't think the Doctor was very funny - some funny slapstick things happened to him but he could have been a lot more eccentric like the Patrick Troughton Doctor was. If you read this not knowing it was a second Doctor story you'd be constantly guessing which incarnation it was.
Jamie and Victoria weren't featured enough either, and I found Jamie to be rather a bit stupid in this novel. Again, the attention was focused on the new characters fighting the civil war. And there were far too many of them - it was difficult at times to tell the difference between the various soldiers.
The writing itself made the novel very uninteresting - it was written sort of like a history book, throwing fact after fictional fact at you and making the story quite hard to follow. Nothing much really happens for the first half of the story until it suddenly gets exciting with the invasion of the base. However, it then falls back into a confused rampage until we get a very rushed ending with admittedly a pretty good twist.
Perhaps the most boring thing about this story is that it doesn't have any monsters. Doctor Who stories are all about the Doctor's enemies, but this story was more about the Doctor watching other people fight off their own enemies - who were all human. There were VETAC thingies which were pretty much just robots programmed to fight the humans, but not your typical Doctor Who frighting enemy.
I enjoyed the first Doctor story Ten Little Aliens a little better than this one. I've got a long way to go until the eleventh Doctor's story, here's hoping things pick up in Last of the Gaderene...