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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the paper it's printed on., 16 Aug. 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Divided Loyalties (Mass Market Paperback)
This book, the latest from Gary Russell - leader of the school of recycling the worst ideas of Who - lives up to his previous offerings. It's got old monsters, old characters and a plot so tedious you'll be begging for the book to be over. Still, at least it's not a very long book so you'll not be pained by it for too long.
Russell brings the Celstial Toymaker together with the 5th Doctor. This could have been good on its own. Sure, he drops in a reference at the end to lead into the never filmed 6th Doctor Toymaker story. OK, Russell revels in his ability to take loose ends and needlessly tie them together in a convoluted web of continuity. Even then it could have been a good book. But then halfway through Russell seems to run out of story and so the middle third of the books becomes a Gallifrey runaround featuring the 1st Doctor before he left on exile.
The sort of thing reserved for the worse excesses of fan faction.
Russell decided that every single timelord we've seen in the series who knew the Doctor was at school with him, either as teacher or most likely as student. Is this supposed to be a good idea? So every single Time Lord who's caused the Doctor hassle - The Master, The Rani, Drax, The Monk, etc - were in his class at school? Utterly ridiculous. Gallifrey 90210 is not a good idea.
It's a shame to see the Amazon reviewer - David Bailey - giving such a good review to the worst Who book ever published....
Advice: Don't buy this book. Please...
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