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Doctor in the Hazous!,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Business Unusual (Mass Market Paperback)
The 6th Doctor is currently in 1989 England and is helping out an old friend to remove a computer virus created by the Master when he is sucked into a more immediate problem. A mysterious company has plans to release a games console that is far too advanced for this time period. With the aid of a new companion, Mel, the Doctor must uncover the truth behind the company and the mystery behind plastic that seems to come to life and killing young children.
This is a fun Doctor Who novel and works well in its own right even if you are not equated with the 6th Doctor. The Doctor is quite eccentric in this novel and he works well in the 80s setting. The introduction of Mel and some of her back story is also a welcome addition and adds to the characterisation in the book. However, the central plot does suffer a bit from Doctor Who by numbers and the conclusion feels a little light weight.
Another problem comes with the writing style as Russell seems confused between the time he wrote the book and the time in the book. 1997 and 1989 may not seem too different but in the world of computers they are poles apart. Russell seems to forget that some advances were not made by 1989 and not all of is mistakes can be blamed on alien technology!
Apart from the issue of time, this book is a fun and quick read and would be welcome for any Doctor Who fan, new or old. A warning should be made for very young readers that quite a few people are killed during the narrative.