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Doctor Who: Prime Time Hardcover – 2000

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide (2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0563555971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563555971
  • ASIN: B002C060J6
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,357,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great story, brought to us by Mike Tucker who (usually with Robert Perry) always writes good stuff for the seventh doctor and Ace, and this certainly doesn't disappoint. A not terribly original idea (using TV broadcasts to control and destroy) is given a great reworking, with some masterly and sinister elements; bloodthirsty jackals and a race of creatures who literally model flesh in the most horrific way...Has a little of everything, comedy, horror, suspense and an interesting and lively storyline. Good to see the master from a new angle too. One of my favourites so far!
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It was often said that towards the end of the TV series that Dr Who became too self aware and the same charge could be levelled at this novel. The plot that involved being taken over by your TV screen was also a little unoriginal, although it was a clever look at how you can get the masses to watch any old rubbish. Ogron Hospital, anyone?
Ace's character doesn't really develop, as it hasn't really done since Illegal Alien. It's almost as if she's been stereotyped and that's a shame. Since Curse of Fenric she's had the potential to do so much more, but none of the writers seem to know what to do with her.
However, in its favour was the satirical look at the way the BBC itself is run, including I assume, the Dalek-General himself, Lord Birt. Also making a welcome return is the Master, and it was nice to see him on the receiving end for once. But once again, he is in danger of becoming nothing more than a stereotype (I know he's a baddie, but baddies always used to have the best parts).
The Fleshsmiths were a nice development on the replacing worn out body parts theme, but I felt more could have been done to stimulate our horror of them, and also our pity for them.
In fact most of the characters here were one dimensional. There were no surprises in any of them. It's almost as if the PDA authors are reluctant to develop their characters beyond what was achieved on TV. I think it was this more than anything that spoiled an otherwise excellent Seventh Doctor story.
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An excellent first solo attempt, mike tucker proves once again that he has the charecters of the 7th doctor aand ace down to a tee. The only real dissapointment was the master, although mike has put him in a different postion to normal, which i felt was good (nice to see on the reciveveing end) The master seemed almost lethargic and no visable cunning plot under his sleeve. I would have liked to see him a bit more devious. If anything i felt the copied master was better than the first, maybe intended i don't know.
Ace's chaercter seemed to be lacking something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but she, like the master, is a much more 'relaxed' version, gon is the fiery ace we saw defend a human colony against the krill.
the only other gripe i have is the lack of moral issues going on in the doctor we saw in the matrix i felt more should have been made of completey destroying a speices (the fleshsmiths) By the end of this body he should have become a deft hand at genocide.
Apart from that i felt it was well thought out and fast moveing, it was just a shame it was short compared to the others.
It is testement to Mikes talent that a plot, that could have been 2d and tacky in another writers hands, was readable, enjoyable, and kept you guessing to the very end.
If you liked illegal alein, matrix, and storm haverst then buy this.
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