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This review is from: Doctor Who: Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Mass Market Paperback)
Once again the Doctor and his companions descend into an adventure of paradoxes and impossibilities, but this time it's meant to be funny. The Doctor has stumbled across a huge anomaly in time, it turns out that a book meant to be about elves and dwarfs has been rewritten to star poodles. Also a film has been created of this book that should never have existed and is being directed instead of 'Star Wars'! Has this bizarre change of events got anything to do with a planet populated by poodles and why does Noel Coward keep popping up?
The problem with 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' is that it fails to make sense or be funny. Magrs has created a novel that starts off confusing, is ok for 100 pages, and then descends once more into an overly complex narrative consisting of three threads in different time lines. I assume that Magrs was trying to create a light-hearted Who novel to celebrate 100 BBC books, but that does not excuse poor writing. The fact is that the book's attempts at humour fail miserably and just highlight the poor writing.
If you are looking for some eccentric and funny science fiction try Jasper Fforde or Robert Rankin. They are able to achieve something that this book fails in doing - having an amusing and complex story that makes sense.