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3.0 out of 5 stars Unacceptable and Insulting!, 7 Feb 2000
This review is from: Doctor Who: Interference Book Two (Doctor Who) (Paperback)
The Doctor's Third Regeneration ended when he faced the "Great One" when his body was destroyed by radiation in the caves of the blue crystals. With great difficulty he was able to bring the TARDIS back to UNIT headquarters where he was forced to once again regenerate. Not according to Lawrence Miles who has now completely raped Doctor Who continuity by changing the Third Doctor's regeneration completely. Does he realize what kind of effect this would have on the time stream. If the Doctor didn't go to Metebelis Three and stop the Great One with her plans, the Eight Legs would have successfully conqured the Earth thanks to Lupton and his cronies at the Tibetian Meditation Center. Or perhaps the Doctor would have faced it in his Fourth incarnation. But if he was to go into the caves, this would have ended his fourth incarnation prematurely. This would have placed the Fifth Doctor with Sarah Jane Smith and he would have never met Tegan, Nyssa, Adric Turlough and Peri. You can probably see where I'm going with this and I'll stop. For the most part I thought this book was very clever with some of the writing devices the author used, such as a transcript format for the parts that were suppose to be television shows. But unfortunately, this story is too disjointed and both the Third and Eighth Doctor hardly show up in the story at all (or meet each other). And you felt nothing with Sam's departure from the TARDIS crew. I mean even Mel's departure had more feeling than that (probably because everybody was so damn relieved that she was leaving. Thank heavens). After reading both Books of this two parter, I had almost lost all hope with the Doctor Who bookline. Until I read Matrix and The Devil Gobins of Neptune which gave me faith in the series again. I certainly hope that BBC books will clean up this whole mess up very soon. I feel this "new regeneration" is not only an insult to not only the fans of Doctor Who, but also the memory of Jon Pertwee. Remember how the Seventh Doctor shot in the 1996 television movie. Well, I'm terribly sorry Mr. Miles, but if it didn't work once, I'm quite sure it won't work a second time. I do recommend fans to buy this book and draw their own conclusion. The book has it's moments, just not many of them.
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