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Doctor Who: the Gallifrey Chronicles: Gallifrey Chronicles Paperback – 2 Jun 2005
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An Eighth Doctor novel, featuring Fitz and Trix --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The Doctor's home planet of Gallifrey has been destroyed. The Time Lords are dead, their TARDISes annihilated. The man responsible has been tracked down and lured to Earth in the year 2005, where there will be no escape. But Earth has other problems - a mysterious signal is being received, a second moon appears in the sky, and a primordial alien menace waits to be unleashed...
The stage is set for the ultimate confrontation - for justice to be done. The Doctor and his companions Fitz and Trix will meet their destiny. And this time, the Doctor isn't going to be able to save everyone. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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As such, this novel is concerned with tying up as many outstanding unresolved plot-threads as possible from the previous novels in the series, so if you're a casual fan who hasn't read any of the previous 8th Doctor novels but wants to find out how the 8th Doctor turned into Christopher Eccleston's 9th Doctor this book isn't for you - there is no regeneration scene, and no direct linkage to the new TV series at the novels close.
About halfway through the 8th Doctor novel range a new editor came in, and the direction of the novels was changed by having the Doctor destroy his home planet of Gallifrey and therefore killing off any references to previous continuity - unfortunately as an inept means of sweeping all the characters baggage under the carpet the old cliché of amnesia was wheeled out, and like a festering sore the Doctor's subsequent failure to face up to his actions has plagued the latter novels in the series - Parkin does a good job of transforming the Doctor's darkest hour into something more heroic, though the fact that this plot-thread has been left dangling for so long means that it now takes 3 quarters of this novel to resolve.
Alongside this surprisingly light novel we have a reasonable, if slightly over familiar, attack on Earth by some aliens, though the overly happy ending is a little unconvincing.
A novel more concerned with character moments and continuity than plot, this is a very indulgent Doctor Who novel, but as the last in the series that's forgivable. No classic, but for long term readers Parkin does at least a reasonable job of providing an end to the series.
But then the BBC forced it to be put back to june of that year. We met, loved, and lost the ninth doctor in the ensuing months. So when this finally came out, it didn't seem like an end of an era anymore, just a footnote.
As such, it was also suffering under the weight of many expectations. How would the story of this doctor conclude?
Well, it's not quite the book that was expected. The first half gives a rather off kilter look at this doctor and what continuity he had established, gives the companions good reasons for moving on - although they don't act entirely sympathetically in the process - and it pretty much hooks the reader.
But then the writer seems to realise halfway through he has to tie everything up, and thus all the cleverness vanishes in order to bring in a rather cliched lot of aliens. The battle against them forms the rest of the book.
Character do meet their destinies at the end, although not everything is resolved. You will have to decide yourself what happened in between this and the tv series.
Not a book, due to the weight of expectations, that could ever have lived up to what was expected from it, but an interesting and decent end to the run
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