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3.0 out of 5 stars Players, 21 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Players: 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
This is the story chosen to be representative of the Sixth Doctor era for the 50th anniversary celebrations. Terrance Dicks is a prolific Doctor Who writer and his books always, to my thinking, verge on the fairly simplistic. This is no exception. The story is an `historical' one, featuring the Doctor and Peri as they zip through various stages of time with Winston Churchill as the key feature in each period, from the Boer War to the Abdication Crisis. I found this book to be a bit of a disappointment, certainly insofar as it does not, to my thinking, represent the `best' of the Sixth Doctor era, which would have been good for the 50th anniversary edition.

The characterisations of the Doctor and Peri are fairly superficial, and they largely seem to exist as props for the narrative which features mysterious `Players' tinkering with time and attempting to influence those periods in which Churchill becomes more powerful and prominent. The Doctor and Peri are not the characters that they could be, and really could be just about anyone who happens to be in the right place at the right time.

Overall, not a great Doctor Who story, not a great Sixth Doctor story, and while it's nice to have Terrance Dicks represented in the writers for the 50th anniversary commemoration stories, I feel certain there was a better story that could have been put up, and a better story lurking in the skeleton of this specific story.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2013 03:20:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Nov 2013 08:53:07 GMT
Timelord007 says:
Yeah this review states the problems well with the novel.
But i do enjoy Terrance Dicks calibre or writing.
An above average story & a great review by yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2013 18:55:04 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007 - I found the whole story rather lazy, and I was disappointed it was picked as the 'representative' Sixth Doctor story - doesn't do anybody any favours at all.
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