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Doctor Who: Salt of the Earth (Time Trips) by [Canavan, Trudi]
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Doctor Who: Salt of the Earth (Time Trips) Kindle Edition

2.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FZ5TXBC
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As far as Doctor Who stories go this one is fairly dull. The intrigue and excitement I expect from Doctor Who is effectively absent. It feels like an interlude between adventures.

The Doctor and Jo go on holiday to the Australian outback, ostensibly to ride some wind driven go carts known as blokarts (they’re not as interesting in the story as they sound). Whilst there they discover that something has happened to the salt lakes in the area and that they are turning the inhabitants into salt.

Having salt as the enemy isn’t that thrilling and the story could do with some antagonists to interact with. Trying not to give anything away, the explanation for events is one that has now probably been overused in science fiction and is no longer a surprising revelation (Doctor Who itself and The Sarah Jane Adventures both utilised the idea far better).

Jo’s characterisation is okay and much of the story is from her viewpoint. But the Doctor is quite bland. Without descriptions of his clothing or Jo being present you would hard pressed to guess it is the Third. There are few other characters in the story; the best of them is actually probably a dog. The passages from the dog’s point of view are probably the most endearing and interesting of the novella.

The most entertaining part is possibly the mocking of how the sonic screwdriver has developed over the years since the Third Doctor possessed it.
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If this short story turned up in anthology then I would have skimmed through it and forgotten it almost on the instant. There's nothing wrong with it, but nor is there anything that grabbed my attention. The Third Doctor and Jo Grant are well written, but neither are examined enough to call this a character piece. The plot is a modest thing, slightly diverting but lacking any real sense of threat or surprise. The ecological theme, well suited to this Doctor, is heavy-handed but informative. Basically, this story happened for a bit and then stopped. And that's all I have to say about that.
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When the Third Doctor takes Jo 'BloKarting' in the Australian outback, they are startled to find grotesque statues made of salt, depicting figures and animals in various scenes of distress. But in this future desert is everything what it seems?

By far the shortest (so far) of the Time Trips, Trudi Canavan has nevertheless managed to provide a real flavour of two of what are clearly her favourite subjects: her home country and the Third Doctor. And like a good rum and raisin ice cream, these disparate flavours have blended together surprisingly well. Anyone expecting an epic fantasy akin to Canavan's other works is likely to be disappointed, but someone looking for a good yarn will be in for a treat.

The story has been kept simple, necessary to provide a good adventure in so few pages, while the small cast has been sketched in nicely and time given to develop these a little where appropriate. Getting the dog's viewpoint on occasion is a nice touch that adds to the mix.

To say too much more would spoil the plot, so I'll simply say I found Salt of the Earth to be short, straightforward and good fun; an entertaining evening's read. Worth the relatively low asking price. I hope Canavan will find the time to write a longer Doctor Who, I think she could do it rather well.
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*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and Trudi Canavan*

The Third Doctor and Jo Grant go to Australia on holiday but end up at a salt lake and not the beach like Jo wanted. But this is no ordinary salt lake. Strange statues scatter the lake that don't survive in wind or rain. Is there more to these statues than meets the eye?

This was a very quick read that I enjoyed but for me the problem was resolved too quickly and could have been elaborated. Despite this I liked the book overall.
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