3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great title, flawed story,
By A Customer
This review is from: Doctor Who: Anachrophobia (Mass Market Paperback)
Anachropobia is a great title, but the plot, and especially the clock-headed adversaries disappoint .
The basic idea _ incompetents and amateurs fiddling with time and coming ustuck is a science fiction classic, and has still plenty of legs.
And turning time into a weapon offers intriguing possiblities.
The trouble is that replacing preople's faces with clocks is just too reminiscent of the special effects tricks used when the production team is short of cash for special effects. The clockheads wouldn't look out of place on one of the shakiest of early Who sets.
But there are a lot of good things about this book.
There's lots of action, although sometimes I found the plot twists and turns hard to follow, with some very good supporting characters. Great descriptions of the chaos of a time war.
And the idea of the celestial numbercrunchers putting a planet and its inhabitants into receivership is truly scary.
Fitz and Anji continue to develop as realistic companion/foils for the Doctor.
Not so sure about the way the Doctor is developing. Now single-hearted and prone to fatigue, he's in some danger of becoming so human he'll lose his unique qualities.
But if Anachrophobia proves to be the beginning of another of those intriguing story arcs that Who writers do so well, I'll be buying the next -and the one after that.