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Doctor Who: The Banquo Legacy Mass Market Paperback – 5 Jun 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (5 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538080
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Banquo Legacy is a Doctor Who remix of an Agatha Christie or Hercule Poirot mystery which more resembles a BBC period drama directed by George Romero than a slice of genuine Who.

The book is narrated by two of its protagonists, Inspector Ian Stratford, sent in 1898 by the Met to investigate the death of Gordon Seavers, philanthopist and scientist, and lawyer John Hopkinson, a friend of Seavers, invited to his home along with a motley group of others only to find their host dead. Before long there is another death, that of Richard Harries, another scientist, which seems to be the result of someone tampering with an electrical experiment. Then there's the butler Simpson who seems to know more than he should, and the unexpected arrival of two observers: Herr Kreiner and Doctor Friedlander.

Of course Kreiner and Friedlander are Fitz and the Doctor, and Compassion, through a massive plot contrivance, has had to merge her outer shell with one of the humans meaning that she cannot help the time travellers to escape. The scene is set

It is disappointing that the Doctor, Fitz, and especially Compassion are sidelined. As the book is told wholly from the viewpoints of Stratford and Hopkinson, we get slightly different versions of the same events, and, strangely, the Doctor and Fitz's occasional technobabble discussions related accurately. The plot, what there is of it, is quite neat, if simplistic, and the book seems designed to pass some time before the Time Lords catch up with Compassion following the events of several books back.

It is a shame that Compassion's developing character has been so severely curtailed. This, though, is the problem with introducing an all-powerful element into any series of fiction--the writers have to come up with ever more imaginative ways to nullify or prevent the powers from being used. The Banquo Legacy is very much an experimental book, neither wholly engrossing or particularly entertaining, but which contains some graphic descriptions, and a memorable zombie. --David J Howe

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I am a complete sucker for stories set in the 1890's. The 8th Doctor fits in so well into this time - a time for inventors, eccentrics, strange experiments. And so I bought and read The Banquo Legacy, my first 8th Doctor book for a year (since the enjoyable The Taint).
This contained it all. A dark, stately home, complete with secret passages, rooms galore and a Cellar. Strange experiments are taking place concerning Electricity, an assortment of personalities descend upon Banquo Manor. The Doctor, Fitz and Compassion are amongst them. Inspector Stratford wants to find out more about the strange goings-on. John Hopkinson, a solicitor, has his own reasons for being there. The Wallaces and their scientist friend Harries welcome them.
The story is written from the perspective of Hopkinson and Stratford. Did Lane and Richard take 1 personality each? However they did it, it is superbly written and always involving. The entries are written like a dairy with each man alternating his prose throughout the whole book. This works extremely well - never moreso than when the story reaches a climax.
From its macabre cover, to the personal reminisces of Stratford and Hopkinson - this is gothic Dr Who at its very best. Lane and Richards have taken all the aspects of gothic Who and grafted it into a story rich in interest and excitement.
Classic Who
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The Banquo Legacy wasn’t initially a Doctor Who novel but was amended to become one. This shows clearly as the novel is written from the perspective of two third parties, solicitor John Hopkinson and Inspector Ian Stratford for the most part. The main story line is based on mind experiments taking place at Banquo Manor but there is also a side story involving the Time Lords, which links it to the ongoing “Compassion” arc of the novel range as a whole. Knowing this it sounded like The Banquo Legacy would be a mish-mash of ideas and would seem rushed however it actually flows pretty well and keeps your attention.

The characterization is really good which is to be expected with Justin Richard’s name on the cover. The Doctor gives a good account of himself, as does Fitz. Compassion is the odd one out, but she’s not herself. I really didn’t like this aspect of the plot and it seemed to be a “get her out the way” plotline as opposed to anything constructive. The guest cast are all well realized, the two narrators especially, but again seeing as it was there novel to begin with it isn’t a surprise. The other house guests are perfect for the period, and the Time Lords are as you’d expect.

The Banquo Legacy is a nice story and well worth a read.
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What starts out as an excellent idea of having most of the plot told from 2 different people, turns into something confusing and difficult to follow. in the hands of say, Lawerence miles, who has done a complete book in the form of an diary entry quite brilleintly.
Again this a book in which fitz appears annoying and cynical, it seems only paul magrs can make him witty and insinutive without making him annoying.
Again this is another of the novels in which compassion doesn't feature nearly enough. The only book I feel to 'use her' to full extent is the taking of planet 5. It seems only simon butcher-jones can get a handle.
As I mentioned earlyier, the book starts promisingly, but stalls towrads the middle where things of no realevence are given heavy coverage, which has resulted in a 'wurlwind' finish that is both confusing and unforfilling.
With most books reading it a second time clears up all grey areas, this however appears to have fundamental errors in it.
Not justin richards best.
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This original Doctor Who novel features the Eighth Doctor as played by Paul McGann in the TV Movie and a number of Big Finish audio dramas. His companions are Fitz Kreiner and Compassion; the former a young man from Earth in the 1960s, and the latter a being constructed from the memories of one of her race - The Remote - encountered by The Doctor in a previous story.
The story is a great Gothic mystery, however it often feels like The Doctor Who aspect has been stuck on, and the Sci-fi aspects seem to have been chucked in just to make this fit the genre. A good read but unsatisfying in terms of The Doctor's involvement.
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