Doctor Who: EarthWorld Mass Market Paperback – 5 Mar 2001
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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jacqueline Rayner has written six Doctor Who novels, as well as other science-fiction and children's books. A member of Doctor Who Magazine's 'Time Team', she and three friends have been watching all the Doctor Who programmes ever made in order and are recording their reactions. This has so far taken them over nine years! She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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On a more personal note, to me this edition's worst crime is its failure to stand alone as an independant story. I'm sure this was fine when reading the book as part of the original series, but as a part of the 50th Anniversary series - where it is an isolated story - this makes no sense. The book's start contains references to previous events which are not properly explained and it does not have a satisfyingly complete ending. I cannot imagine why the book was selected for this series, it's totally inappropriate. The idea surely is to provide a representative example of the Eighth Doctor for his character, yet due to his memory loss in this story we are still none-the-wiser at the end. The whole venture feels kind of pointless. At least the cover looks good alongside the rest of the books on the shelf, so I guess that's something.
The only aspect that appears to be taken seriously is Anji dealing with the death of her boyfriend in a previous book. Even though this is a subject that requires addressing in this particular period of Eighth Doctor novels it simply feels out of place within this, otherwise, light-hearted adventure. Even so, the method of covering this is done quite imaginatively through a series of emails that will never be sent.
For most of the novel the Doctor is rather annoying. Anji and Fitz are treated a lot more caringly and this is really a novel that is based around the companions. The way Anji is trying to come to terms with the Doctor, the Tardis and all that they encapsulate whilst dealing with the death of Dave is handled quite well. Fitz's internal wonderings provide a more amusing aspect to contrast with this.
The story itself lacks some structure though and often the plot takes a back seat to the crazy things happening. As such the revelations at the end are difficult to care about, let alone arouse excitement.
It's a strange choice for this fiftieth anniversary series of re-releases. It doesn't really showcase the Eighth Doctor and isn't particularly typical of or important in the Eighth Doctor books. Jacqueline Rayner's column in DWM is more entertaining and humorous than this novel.
I'd enjoyed the stranded on Earth arc that dominated the books prior to this title, and this novel continues their trend of providing solid entertainment. Earthworld is an excellent read with some good writing and plotting. The story itself serves as Anji's introduction to the time and space travel game as much of the focus is on her. Introducing new companions into these books has never been an easy task for the range, but Jaq Rayner really builds on what was established about Anji in Escape Velocity to make her into a really interesting character. Her thoughts about her boyfriend Dave who died in the previous novel dominate her thoughts, and although the idea of using a diary type device to show this characters thoughts about something has been done before in Who fiction (with Bernice in the NA's mainly), there is a different spin on this with Anji sending Dave e-mails throughout the novel. I'm not quite sure I like the Doctor's current characterisation much - he's the Doctor but he doesn't remember much about specific details - but hopefully he'll regain his memory in time. Fitz works really well in this book as he confronts what he discovered about himself in the Ancestor Cell and finds a new purpose in his travels.
Overall, Earthworld is an excellent book. It's got some good humourous scenes in it, particularly the one where Fitz Fortune and an android Elvis duel each other, and some good advancement of character with Anji. Highly recommended.
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Never have I found reading such a gruelling task. This is without a doubt one of the worst books I have ever read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by mr james d atkin
I had a hard time with this book, nowhere near as easy a read as most of these reissues have been however the eighth doctor stories are equally great and bad the story fails to... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2013 by TOTAL GEEK
This book filled in gap in my collection of Dr Who books, a book from a fair while ago. The new Dr Who TV productions are not at all science fiction like the old ones used to be -... Read morePublished on 23 May 2013 by Roger
Anji has just had the worst week of her life. She should be back at her desk, not travelling through time and space in a police box. Read morePublished on 11 April 2013 by kk
This book has been written through the eyes (for the mast part) of the new companion Anji in a style that totally ruins any chance the book had of being likeable. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2001
This is the Doctor's first trip into a futuristic galaxy for some time.
The story is set on New Jupiter and 'Earthworld' is their glorified ( and gigantic!) theme park. Read more