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- File Size: 705 KB
- Print Length: 283 pages
- Publisher: BBC Digital (31 Jan. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00702LM3A
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #488,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Doctor Who - Byzantium! Kindle Edition
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The First Tardis Team has a previously unpublished adventure set in the several weeks between the End of the previous Televised Adventure "The Rescue" and "The Romans".
A fantastic atmospheric tale , with several comedy moments (Ian being chased by Saucy Roman ladies!) as well as an outraged doctor "advising" on the writing of the gospel when the scribes fail to live up to the poetry of the original.
Many fine moments and a wonderful tale to immerse yourself in.
Keith Topping has a good pedigree as a Doctor Who writer: Doctor Who: The Hollow Men being arguably the best BBC books original novel published between the end of the Virgin range and the beginning of the new TV series in 2005. Historically fascinating and written in a fluidly gripping style, the novel isn't perfect but is as near as dammit.
The Doctor's companions: Ian, Barbara and Vicki are all drawn into the sadistic and raw world of early Christianity and brutal oppression, and The Time Lord himself becomes involved with a group of Christians; scenes handled sensitively and efficiently by Topping.
Overall this is a highly enjoyable story and a worthy addition to any Doctor Who fans' library.
After a rather neat prologue which continues to establish the development of Ian and Barbara's relationship after their departure from the TARDIS, the tone of Byzantium! is set immediately with a vivid, if rather gruesome, description of a crucifixion. Anyone expecting a 'romp' in the style of The Romans will be disappointed as Byzantium! is a historical that deals with serious issues revolving around the growth of a new religion and the attempts of the Romans to stop it spreading, but the subtle humour that featured in Topping's The King Of Terror is still there, albeit not as predominant. Byzantium is a city suffering from the turmoil of upheaval and change and into this come the travellers from the TARDIS and with historian Barbara expecting the pomp and majesty of the Roman Empire she is in for quite the shock.
There are a number of parallels with The Romans in the way that the TARDIS team is split early on, and in some of the aspects of the story itself, such as Ian, rather than Barbara, being lusted after by the Roman Antonia. Dividing the Doctor and his companions is a well used tactic in Doctor Who stories, but Topping uses it well to examine the situation in Byzantium from four different viewpoints. The Doctor finds himself with the Christians, Ian with the Romans, Barbara with the Jews and Vicki with the Greeks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
....this one tops the list.The book feels in keeping with the 1st Doctor series but also keeps the reader engrosed until the end, the only question I have (and this crops up... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2008 by edzshed
Playing as a prelude to the TV story The Romans, this is a decidedly different historical story for the 1st Doctor and co. Read morePublished on 3 July 2003 by Jane Aland
I'f fairly certain that Keith Topping never expected a Greek to read his novel! Although I agree with Simon Catlow's review about this being an excellent story, I'll have to... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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