A bloody marvel!,
This review is from: Blood Harvest (Doctor Who New Adventures) (Paperback)
Another triumph for the series! Wittingly or no, Mr Dicks decided to follow Andy Lane’s scintillating All-consuming Fire with a historical Doctor Who adventure of his own. This time the TARDIS crew find themselves in 1930s Chicago and mixing it with the infamous Al Capone, amongst others.
What TD does so well is to keep it simple; like some of the classic Who scripts that he produced for the BBC (The Power of Kroll, The Mutants, Revenge of the Cybermen amongst others) the style is pacy yet taut and the action unencumbered with excessive sci-fi jargon or bickering associates.
This is how State of Decay could have been if it were a full-length DW novel – and for once the nod to the classic series and the continuation of one of its stories is inspired and appropriate. Romana’s return (the Lalla Ward version of course) is a treat for faithful fans and for once Benny & Ace have meatier roles and their presence doesn’t grate. If you only read two - The New Doctor Who Adventures - novels, then this has to be one of them.