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This review is from: "Doctor Who", Match of the Day (Doctor Who (BBC Paperback)) (Paperback)
Chris Boucher's Doctor Who scripts may have been fantastic, but unfortunately his 4th novel lives up to the standard of his recent books - its not very good.
The story concerns a society where mortal combat is the big sporting obsession, and Leela finds herself under threat of capitol punishment when she refuses to dispatch an opponent after blundering into a dual. The first third of the novel takes the form of a virtual courtroom drama, with the Doctor acting as Leela's defence lawyer, but it drags on a bit, and Leela's acquittal is rather arbitrary. Better is the story strand featuring duellist Keefer, who suddenly finds himself on the run after being marked for death by an unknown adversary. Eventually Keefer's story combines with that of Leela and the Doctor at the climax, but it's a real disappointment, with a flat and lifeless villain with poor motivation and a badly explained plan. Despite it's apparently exciting setting of mortal combat for the most part Match of the Day is a dull and boring read, with the Doctor and Leela wandering around in search of the plot. Disappointing.