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1.0 out of 5 stars Awkward, unimaginative and un-Who-like, 4 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Doctor Who: Asylum (Mass Market Paperback)
This is one of the weakest in the BBC novels series, for sure. The story is a fairly typical fourth Doctor-type tale, history is being messed with and the Doctor gets to go back in time and meet some famous old academics. The science fiction gives the basic framework then takes a back seat, as the main plot is mostly just run-about 'chase the book', 'where's he hiding?', 'oh no it's locked!' stuff, nothing particularly new there. I get the impression Darvill-Evans would be happier writing for something like Cadfael than Doctor Who.

The contrived way in which an older Nyssa manages to meet the fourth Doctor before she ever met him before is just rubbish. It's also totally unnecessary, as the character 'Nyssa' in the book has very little to do with the other portrayals of Nyssa and it would have been easier (as well as not a complete rewrite of the Dr Who timeline) to stick a new character in instead.

Worst of all is the thirty or so pages of 'research' at the end of the book in which the author gets the chance to directly talk to the reader about how clever he is, and how difficult it is to write novels set in the past. I found this section patronising in the extreme.

You can skip this one...
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