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Doctor Who: Zeta Major Paperback – 6 Jul 1998

3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st Paperback Printing edition (6 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056340597X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405979
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Zeta Major is a Past Doctor Adventure by Simon Messingham featuring the 5th Doctor and is a sequel to the TV serial The Planet of Evil.

Story wise, Zeta Major suffers from many different characters and plot threads making it hard to keep up and leaves you feeling fairly unsatisfied, despite the main story actually being fairy interesting deep down. The prologue features a crew landing on Zeta Minor, a planet long abandoned due to the evils which lurk there, but required nonetheless as an energy source. The first chapter then flits between a secret agent being set free from a high security prison, his "rescuer" being blackmailed by a different group, the agent himself setting up a project of some sorts, and the Doctor having a series of hallucinations. Each bit has various characters and you're left fairly confused as to what is going on. Essentially the Morestrans are starting to use antimatter again, although this is covered up, and the Doctor has to put things right again.

Zeta Major is a fairly dull book, the story doesn't grip you as it should and I found my mind wandering and struggled to read much per session. Whilst the story is interesting the novel seems bloated and the actual story is interspersed with quotes from texts, and transcripts to do with the Church and the various groups in the book, which just makes a dull book, even duller.

The 5th Doctor isn't done that well. The hallucinations affecting him in the early part of the story make it difficult to relate to his TV persona. I think the main issue is that 5th Doctor just doesn't really work on paper as he is pretty dull when compared to the others. So not only does Zeta Major have a dull story, but it also has a dull Doctor.
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Format: Paperback
Good strong story. But there are a quite a number of characters. I found myself having to concentrate to keep on top of who everyone was, and what their motives were. However, it builds up into quite a climax in the end. Pretty good though, it kept me interested enough to read it in quite a short space of time.
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I think the problem with this book is that it has way to many characters. I found myself having to keep on top of all of them. I think this book should be for hardened Doctor Who fans and not new comers looking to delve into the past Doctor novels.
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