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Doctor Who: Sands of Time: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC)) by [Richards, Justin]
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The Doctor Who Monster Collection: Eight thrilling adventures, Eight iconic monsters. You're going to need a bigger sofa...

About the Author

Justin Richards has written for stage and screen as well as writing novels and graphic novels. As well as writing extensively for children, he has also co-written several action thrillers for young adults with the acknowledged master of the genre Jack Higgins.

The first novel in his adult SF series The Never War, titled The Suicide Exhibition, was published by Del Rey in late 2013. The second volume – The Blood Red City – will be published in 2014.

Justin currently acts as Creative Consultant to BBC Books’ range of Doctor Who titles, as well as writing quite a few himself. Married with two children (both boys), Justin lives and works in Warwick, within sight of one of Britain’s best-preserved castles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1754 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDG74CQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Justin Richards is an accomplished writer of Doctor Who novels; his works are always detailed in their continuity of the Doctor’s travels, well characterised, even when writing of established characters such as the well-known companions, and his stories are always interesting enough to exist outside of the Doctor Who realm as great novels themselves. This book was originally published in 1996, and has been republished in 2014 as part of the Monsters Collection of books.

In the great 1975 story Pyramids of Mars, the audience was introduced to Professor Marcus Scarman, an Egyptologist who in 1911 finds a pyramid inscribed with the Eye of Horus; but the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith are involved in that story, which involves the resurrection of the Osiran Sutekh who had been defeated and imprisoned centuries earlier by the Osirans.

The cover of this book, Sands of Time, features one of the servitor robots wrapped in mummy-like wrappings which were featured heavily in the Pyramids of Mars story, so the reader, if he/she is aware of the earlier story, knows that this is likely to feature the Osirans once again. A story heavily drenched in Egyptology, archaeology and mysteries of the desert and sky. And we are not disappointed. The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan land in a museum in 1896 and Nyssa disappears. But before that happens, the reader has been introduced to several inexplicable times and events – Egypt c. 5000 BC, Giza in Egypt 1896, Oxfordshire 1926 and London 1965. What could all these seemingly unrelated events and timeframes possibly have in common; and how could they be related to what has befallen Nyssa?
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What should be a potentially interesting story spanning centuries, referring back to the excellent pyramids of mars Tom Baker story, and involving the doctor moving back and forth in time, was sadly for me actually a fairly tedious bore most of the time. Too much padding left me just wading through, waiting for the story to actually progress from the original idea. I guess the main problem is that it just doesn't grip, so you never get immersed. The outcome is inevitable so there is no real suspense, you are just waiting to get there. The characterisation of the doctor and his companions is ok, but not enough to maintain interest in the absence of a gripping story. And what is it with authors that they always leave Nyssa in a coma or incapacitated in stories that involve her?! I wouldn't bother with this one.
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One of the best things about this Monster Collection range is that includes the republication of several out of print and hard to find books, this being one of them. For many years the ‘Sands of Time’ was only available at an exorbitant cost or as a PDF from the BBC Doctor Who website. Seeing as this is one of the best Fifth Doctor novels this seemed a terrible shame. It is a good thing that it is now possible to obtain a copy.

Effectively the novel is a sequel to the excellent ‘Pyramids of Mars’ (although, oddly, it also works as a prequel as well). Sensibly (because Sutekh’s story felt completed in a satisfactory way), Richards, doesn’t take the obvious path in bringing Sutekh back for another confrontation with the Doctor. Making use of Egyptian mythology he instead opts to focus on Sutekh’s sister, Nephthys (the sister wife of the Egyptian god of death, Seth). As such the plot follows her efforts to escape from where Horus imprisoned her mind. Thus the story is sufficiently different in style and content from ‘Pyramids of Mars’ but maintains enough elements to be reminiscent of it.

Nephthys is more of an ominous presence in the background throughout, leaving the action to the Egyptian High Priest, Rassul, and more of the famous, mummy disguised, service robots. Hence she doesn’t leave an impression as memorable as Sutekh. The service robots/mummies inevitably fulfil a similar role to before and little more. But they are undoubtedly one of the most impressive of ‘lumbering’ monsters. I’m not sure if they are the ‘monster’ that earns a place in this collection or whether it is the Osirians. Most likely it is both.

The Fifth Doctor is characterised very well and Richards has captured the essence of Peter Davison’s performance.
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Loving this book and I have not even finished it yet!

A little update now that i have finished this story its brilliant best I have read for many years, totally pulled me in was almost like watching classical Doctor who on TV again cannot praise this book to much loved the pyramids of mars and totally loved this book.
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The Sands of Time is a follow-up to the classic Doctor Who television story Pyramids of Mars. Featuring the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa it sees the TARDIS team attempting to stop the reincarnation of Nepthys, sister and wife of Sutekh. Early in the story Nyssa disappears, so the Doctor and Tegan find themselves dashing from one time period to another in order to find her before she suffers a grisly fate in the service of Nepthys.

Richards' story is quite complex, but ultimately the threads do connect to provide a satisfying conclusion. The Doctor is well characterised, and it's easy to picture Peter Davison performing this - as the Doctor is breathless, inquisitive and endearing, just like the best of Davison's television stories. This means that The Sands of Time must stand as one of the best attempts to capture the spirit of the Fifth Doctor in print. Tegan also comes off well, less whiny and irritable then her earlier TV appearances, this is the more mature Tegan of S20 who by that time was more accepting of the Doctor.

The supporting characters are a little indistinct, but with such a good time-bending story and well-written regulars, this isn't too much of a problem. Particularly recommended for fans of the Davison Doctor, this is well worth a read.
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