Doctor Who: Prime Time Hardcover – 2000
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unlike most Mike Tucker books I can't really recommend this one. It's a very lightweight read that's more of a train journey time filler than a comfy armchair treat. Read morePublished on 15 April 2011 by Michael Finn
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Mike Tucker shows he knows the Sylvester McCoy portrayal of the Doctor very well - unlike many other past Doctors BBC novels, I could easily see McCoy... Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2000