Doctor Who: Longest Day Paperback – 2 Mar 1998
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Overall, this was a nice little novel, however the pace takes its time in that everything spread over a bit, however that may be a blessing in that you feel almost as uncomfortable as the characters do when reading it( particularly all that Sam ensures), quite an unexpected ending too
Story wise a planet called Hirath is split into zones of temporal energy, which a company is renting out to the highest bidder. The trouble is they can't actually control the temporal zones very well, the planet is falling apart and a race of bloodthirsty aliens have come along to reclaim it. The Doctor and Sam get split up and embroiled in separate storylines. The Doctor has to find the source of the planet's sudden demise and Sam gets involved with revolutionaries and has to fight to stay alive. It's all very Doctor Who, and the first half of the novel is well written and entertaining however towards the end of the book however things really do start falling apart. The story slows to a crawl, plot devices appear from nowhere, awful elements from previous books are included for no apparent reason and the solution to Hirath's troubles is one of immense techno-babble and just seems shoe-horned in to end things promptly. It all is a bit of a let down as the potential is there.
Character wise no one gets off lightly, most non-central characters end up dead in gruesome ways and even the Doctor and Sam get knocked about a fair bit. As such the characterisation is awful but it doesn't really matter. The Doctor and Sam are done well, Sam especially matures a lot and you do end up rooting for her, which is a nice change. The main enemy are called the Kusk and they are totally brilliant.Read more ›
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