Doctor Who: Sands of Time: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC)) Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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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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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.
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? Well, that’s the beauty of this story – even the Doctor is baffled to start with, as it seems that he and his companions may have arrived in the middle of their own story. Unravelling it all, and finding out what other Earth-threatening mysteries still remain for the Doctor to resolve, forms the narrative of this story. It is very timeline intensive, as people, events and timelines cross all over the place, so the reader must kept their wits about them. But at the end, we are satisfied that, once again the Doctor has put all things right in the universe for another day; and he, Nyssa and Tegan depart in the Tardis once more. And on Earth a new member joins the Royal Society in London; Professor Marcus Scarman.
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A little update now that i have finished this story its brilliant best I have read for many years, totally pulled...Read more
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