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Doctor Who - Byzantium! by [Topping, Keith]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00702LM3A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #488,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I must say I expected this novel to be something of a send-up when I saw it described as 'I, Claudius meets The Life of Brian at the pub'. This almost persuaded me not to buy it! Thankfully I did, and avoided missing the wonderful passages where Dr Who (yes I will call him that if I want to) criticises the three pompous scribes for robbing St.Mark's writing of its soul as a side-effect of their translation. The book is influenced by I, Claudius in a way I found hugely enjoyable, and the input from The Life of Brian was happily understated. I did find it difficult to imagine that schoolmaster hero of my childhood, Ian Chesterton, stripped naked and being chased around a bedroom by the lascivious Antonia, though I felt confident throughout that Barbara would be never be betrayed by her champion to the extent of Ian actually bedding this strumpet from antiquity. I didn't like the top and tail of the novel with its glimpses at a future, henpecked Ian, but then I never have cared for this sort of inclusion: it disrupts the flow of the adventures, especially if one tries to read them in their logical order. Overall, though, a delightful little tome, and its content a welcome change from one new alien race after another being trotted past us, often the case in post-Hartnell Dr Who.
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The life and death of Imperial Rome is brought to vivid life in Keith Toppings Byzantium!.

The First Tardis Team has a previously unpublished adventure set in the several weeks between the End of the previous Televised Adventure "The Rescue" and "The Romans".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.

Highly recommended.
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Coming between TV stories The Rescue and The Romans, this novel sees the TARDIS travellers arrive slap-bang in the middle of Roman-dominated Greek life, and with detailed descriptions of crucifixion and torture this is no Frankie Howerd giggle-fest.
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.
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This book starts out brilliantly and I really enjoyed it however the book seemed to lose my interest from just after half way through. Everything happens so quickly and I found it hard to finish. Still it is a good read with many good points.
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In the television Doctor Who story The Romans it appeared that when the TARDIS brought the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki to land that they went straight to a Roman villa for a holiday. Not so according to the latest Past Doctor Adventure by Keith Topping, which goes on to tell a dark tale of conflict within the Imperial City of Byzantium.
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.
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