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Doctor Who: Independence Day Mass Market Paperback – 2 Oct 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056353804X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538042
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Independence Day" was a book I looked forward to for quite a while, but for a variety of reasons only recently got around to reading it.
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.
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By A Customer on 2 Oct. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After coming after the 4 brillient 7th doc books writen by Robert Perry, and Mike Tucker (illegal alien,matrix,storm havest, and primetime) This was a sad disapointment, I awaited the realise of this book with great hope, as I really enjoy the relationship between Ace and the Doctor.
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
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I don't often write reviews of any books, let alone children's books, but occasionally make an exception for cult classics. In the immediate aftermath of the doctor's 50th anniversary I felt compelled to buy a copy of `Dr Who and the Stones of Blood' by Terrance Dicks to add to the modest `Dr. Who' collection I began somewhere near Glasgow in the mid 1970's. Not only had the televised broadcast of this story been particularly memorable but I found the cover of the book to be quite entrancing and ultimately decided that it would `look good' during the 100 year celebrations. Similarly, when researching the Scottish Independence movement, I discovered that there actually was such a thing, I decided to purchase a copy of `Doctor Who - Independence Day' as a kind of un-superstitious `lucky charm.' Acknowledging the great crime of judging a book by the cover, I should point out that I have an eleven year old son so there is even a chance that the book may be read sometime. I thought that the `object' itself might neatly sum up the growing Celticity of `Dr.Who`, another factor which explains my affection for `The Stones of Blood'. By this I mean - Made in Wales, three Scottish doctors and Tom Baker's close affinity with the IRA.
I was not disappointed and now keep the book in a protective plastic wrapper.

Doctor Who and the Stones of Blood
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By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Darvill-Evans was the power behind the first original Who novels, and I expected far far more from him than this. It feels as though it has been written by a robot for one of the old World Distributors Annuals. After Mike Tucker and Robert Perry's superb 7th Dr books this is a severe letdown. You can't win them all though.
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