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So the Doctor and Martha go in search of the living dodo but end up in the museum of the last ones. A good and cool imaginative setting. This story has a moral tone to it. The horrible stuff involved with animals and fashion and money making. This story is highly enjoyable, with good twists and turns. All the characters are pretty good and memorable too. Making this story one of the most accomplished of all the stories in this range.
So im glad that i can say that Jac aint so bad at writing after all. I hope she does more stories like this one in the future...
the story involves the two of them finding a museum that preserves extinct species, and dealing with thefts from it. that lead to a whole lot more.
a slight format breaker in that portions of each chapter are narrated by martha in the first person. this is an approach you quickly get used to. same goes for the prologue which is from the point of view of a dodo. each chapter also ends with a descrption of an extinct species. these are pretty informative.
this is a book that sets out to educate as well as entertain, and it deals with the moral issues surrounding extinction and whether animals should be in zoos or allowed to roam free. in a nice moment the doctor acknowledges there's social commentary around. It's never terribly preachy, though, and it does offer food for thought.
plot wise though this does take a while to get going, and the first one hundred pages are very episodic. it's difficult to see where things are going. but the second half of the book does a great job of tying all this together, along with some genuinely original concepts.
a very good enty in the range. if the first half was as strong as the second it would be a five star review
Obviously the whole novel depends heavily on the idea of this strange zoo, the Museum of the Lost Ones. It is an interesting concept but does lead to the story being cluttered with multiple ecological issues that aren’t really explored in any coherent way. Some weighty subjects are glossed over in a light hearted manner. If there was intended to be a moral message to this book it gets a bit lost in events, clichés and all the teleporting around.
The ‘I-Spyder’ element is a novel idea. It is a device given to Marth by the Doctor that works as a kind of datapad-cum-guidebook to animal spotting. For the purpose of the plot it serves as an artifice to make the narrative focus more on Martha when the Doctor is off doing things and potentially serves the purpose in the real world of educating younger readers about extinct species. However, every time the book devotes a couple of pages to what the machine is supposedly displaying it quite drastically breaks up the pacing, action and dramatic tension. The novelty soon wears off and it does become a bit tedious and irritating.
The Doctor is reasonably well characterised but much of this comes from how Martha perceives him. This is an adventure really portrayed from the companion’s [perspective and much of it is written as Marth in the first person. This is a somewhat different approach from the bulk of the BBC Doctor Who books published around the same period and make sit stand out a bit.
However, the characterisation of Martha is often a tad off, sometimes feeling like a younger, less mature version of the onscreen character. Also some of the cultural references don’t seem like things Martha would be interested in.
A small part of the novel is also related from the perspective of a dodo, named after an earlier companion of the Doctor’s.
The novel is fun and mildly amusing for the most part. The story, although entertaining, is a little predictable. However, it does have an unexpected twist after you think everything has been resolved.
The Last Dodo: The Doctor and Martha go in search of a real live dodo, and are transported by the TARDIS to the mysterious Museum of the Last Ones. There, in the Earth section, they discover every extinct creature up to the present day, all still alive and in suspended animation.
Preservation is the museum's only job - collecting the last of every endangered species from all over the universe. But exhibits are going missing...
Can the Doctor solve the mystery before the museum's curator adds the last of the Time Lords to her collection?
This book is a fantastic Martha Jones story and sometimes speakes in first person.
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