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Doctor Who: Longest Day Paperback – 2 Mar 1998

2.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405818
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was quite a strange one for me, in that as I was reading it, I felt as though, from start to finish, nothing good was going to happen( to the people in the novel that it). The writer done a good job in creating a convincing grim environment and made quite interesting characters, particularly the man vasid, who I felt was very believable.

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
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By A Customer on 17 May 2001
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Although this book has recieved a fair amount of criticism, I dont think that there is anything wrong with it. In fact I think it is downright brilliant. Some readers have commented that it is a very depressing novel. I have to agree with them. yes, it is a very depressing novel, nothing nice happens and quite a lot of people end up dying in very horrible ways. But not all DW books have to be happy in nature. I think the early part of the novel is very creepy especially the part where the Kusks are hunting the doctor and one of the technicians through the base. The technician meets with a very grisly end when the Kusks catch up with him. In fact, most people in this novel meet with a very grisly end when the Kusks catch up with them. But it's that depressing and sad nature witch i think makes this book stand out from the rest. However, one problem is the ending. Mr Collier seems to think that copious amounts of technobabble at the climax is a suitable way to tie up all the strands of the plot. It isn't. But i still enjoyed this. Dont get this book if you're faint hearted as the violence in some places is quite extreme. But if you are a die hard DW fan like me, then get it now. On the whole, very enjoyable.
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Longest Day is a very gloomy novel. Nothing nice happens to anyone, in fact most characters end up dead in horrible ways. This is very offputting if you are reading it for the first time, but on the second read through with that foreknowledge it is actually fairly enjoyable. I'd liken it to films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and with that in mind just enjoy the violence.

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.
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How boring and depressing was this. The story moves very slowly and takes a long time to build up to absolutly nothing. A book where the companion runs away from the Doctor should lead to a dramatic climax but this just fails to achieve that. Avoid unless like me you are collecting the whole set.
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