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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read., 28 Sept. 2000
This review is from: Doctor Who: Turing Test (Mass Market Paperback)
Paul Leonard returns to the world of the Eighth Doctor in "The Turing Test" and finds himself halfway through the Doctor's lost memory cycle. This is probably the best one of this run so far.
Leonard has made an interesting choice to have the book told from the perspective of three of the figures within the story. The fact that these are 3 famous real life figures enables the reader to learn about these individuals background as well. The approach works well, as Leonard manages to alter the tone of each of his narrators sufficiently so that it is obvious which one is narrating and they have individual voices.
The story is a little fragmented, because of the way that the narration parts are set out, but ultimately it works superbly. Each of the books narrators takes off where the other finished and fills in subsequent details. The most important point to the narration is that it gives the reader three different perspectives on the Doctor. The Doctor is currently almost unrecognisable from his regular self, having lost his memory, and as the Doctor said himself, a man is the sum of his memories - a Time Lord even more so. The fact of this, coupled with the three perspectives on him, mean that the Doctor of "The Turing Test" seems more alien than ever before.
The quality of Paul Leonard's writing is excellent, as always, and this ensures that the reader is drawn into the story completely. After reading the first twenty pages or so, I found it almost impossible to put it down.
This is certainly the best of the current arc series, and with excellent and interesting writing, and a good plot, "The Turing Test" is probably one of the best Doctor Who books for quite some time.
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