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This review is from: Doctor Who: Corpse Marker (Paperback)
Chris Boucher’s television adventure The Robots of Death was a bona fide classic, but the decision of the author to sequelise it with this novel is ultimately misguided. The main selling point of The Robots of Death was the tension generated by having a cast trapped on a Storm Miner with a group of homicidal robots – here the robots are loose in Kaldor City itself, as there’s always somewhere to run the tension is sorely lacking.
Throughout the characterisation is flat, with a political intrigue grafted onto the robots assault being dull thanks to the unmemorable characters. The story takes an age to get started, with the separated 4th Doctor and Leela wandering around for the first 100 pages in search of the plot, and the finale is a massive anti-climax. There are a few enjoyable action sequences in the books middle section, and its reasonably fun catching up with Uvanov, Toos and Poul, but ultimately everything in Corpse Marker is shallow and underdeveloped: Chris Boucher is still writing in the style of the old Target novelisation while the world has moved on.