Doctor Who: Independence Day Mass Market Paperback – 2 Oct 2000
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Having read Darvill-Evans previous entry into the New Adventures series "Deceit" and finding highly enjoyable at the time - sometime in early 1993 - this was a huge disappointment.
The book starts out quite promisingly with a brief prologue featuring the underused Second Doctor and Jamie before proceeding to the main action with the Seventh Doctor and Ace. These early parts where the Doctor and Ace are together are actually quite good, but when the traditional device of splitting the Doctor from his companion occurs, that is where the problems begin.
The Doctor travels to this world which is populated by poorly characterised natives and evil oppressors who take these natives. I say natives, but they're actually human colonists who've been left on the planet when a corporation left them behind a considerable amount of time ago.
Ace's story begins on a space station and ends up with her being shipped into slavery. This whole storyline was unintersting and the characterisation of Ace was to say the least not good. Darvill-Evans in his characterisation of her goes for the early New Adventure approach and her character seems to be pre Love And War and doesn't really fit in with the way that the BBC Books have approached the character in the previous Seventh Doctor books. It also doesn't really seem to fit in with that New Adventure Ace. Therefore if this is a follow up to the last BBC Seventh Doctor adventure Prime Time, the changes in her character seem very drastic compared to how she was previously.Read more ›
It may have been important for the plot to work to have ace drugged, and out of the scene for the most, but that lead to the failure of the book.
What we did see of ace, we saw a 2d ace. The dark secrets, and evil of the 7th doctor we saw in matrix just wasn't here. Back is the tacky, sad 'depressed' doctor from the middle of the new adventures.
Roll on Mike Tuckers next book, lets hope he brings the doctor back to life
I was not disappointed and now keep the book in a protective plastic wrapper.
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