Doctor Who: City of the Dead Mass Market Paperback – 3 Sep 2001
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Arriving in New Orleans, the Doctor, with his companions Fitz and Anji, is immediately thrust into a murder investigation of a dealer in morbid artefacts, where a unique charm carved from human bone has been stolen too. To say anymore about the plot, would spoil what is a superb novel.
The quality of Lloyd Rose's writing shines through immediately as she brings a different tone and style to the EDA's which works perfectly. There is a freshness about her writing which brings the text to life in a very vivid way. Her depiction of New Orleans is very striking too, and by bringing her setting alive in this way, she conveys the city's vivaciousness wonderfully well, mixing the fascination with the occult and the sense of the decay in equal proportions.
Lloyd Rose characterises the Doctor well here, with the character haunted by memories of things that he can't remember, and it is this haunting which makes the novel so memorable in part. Ever since The Ancestor Cell the Doctor has suffered from memory loss due to the certain acts he committed within that novel, and this has continued through the books published during the last year. And although it looks like he won't recover them anytime soon, Rose really manages to convey well the Doctor's fear of who he is and who he was.Read more ›
Lloyd Rose packs her novel with intrigue. Indeed, when the villain was revealed I think I had suspected it of being every single character in the novel so Rose certainly keeps you guessing. As has been said in a previous review by setting the novel in New Orleans Rose has made it seem far more real than setting it in some far flung corner of the universe.
In conclusion this is easily one of the best novels in the range so far. While not quite as good as say "The Banquo Legacy" it is still an epic read and is a vast improvement on the dreadful "Year Of The Intelligent Tigers".
My gripes are kind of minor, firstly, once again the supposedly amnesiac Doctor is the Galaxy's Greatest Authority on Everything and Anji would rather read the Wall Street Journal than do anything human. Secondly, I didn't understand the plot, but that's probably just me.
But my main gripe is that in this book magic not only works, but is taken for granted. Since when did magic really work in Doctor Who (without some pseudo-scientific explanation, that is)? To me, the Doctor is supposed to be a scientist, so this really annoyed me. Leave magic in Buffy where it belongs!
Still, some of my DW books end up at Help the Aged and some of them stay on my shelf to be re-read later. This one stayed on the shelf (just).