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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best choice to represent the Eighth Doctor for the anniversary, 21 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Earthworld: 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
A vague parody of 'Westworld', this book is quite frivolous, often just plain silly. The vague promise of dinosaurs isn't really delivered as they become an insignificant part of the story, mainly seen in the background. Even a car crash with a triceratops is just mentioned in passing, the event not even described. Instead there is a ridiculous fight with Elvis, dubious android doubles and some farce with the Knights of the Round Table.

The only aspect that appears to be taken seriously is Anji dealing with the death of her boyfriend in a previous book. Even though this is a subject that requires addressing in this particular period of Eighth Doctor novels it simply feels out of place within this, otherwise, light-hearted adventure. Even so, the method of covering this is done quite imaginatively through a series of emails that will never be sent.

For most of the novel the Doctor is rather annoying. Anji and Fitz are treated a lot more caringly and this is really a novel that is based around the companions. The way Anji is trying to come to terms with the Doctor, the Tardis and all that they encapsulate whilst dealing with the death of Dave is handled quite well. Fitz's internal wonderings provide a more amusing aspect to contrast with this.
The story itself lacks some structure though and often the plot takes a back seat to the crazy things happening. As such the revelations at the end are difficult to care about, let alone arouse excitement.

It's a strange choice for this fiftieth anniversary series of re-releases. It doesn't really showcase the Eighth Doctor and isn't particularly typical of or important in the Eighth Doctor books. Jacqueline Rayner's column in DWM is more entertaining and humorous than this novel.
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