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- File Size: 2027 KB
- Print Length: 57 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (23 July 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B5N35JY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
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Doctor Who: The Ripple Effect: Seventh Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 7) Kindle Edition
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Due to its strong orientation towards younger readers the plot is relatively simple (even if the Seventh Doctor throws about some complicated sounding terms). It is based around the premise of `what if the Daleks were pleasant philanthropists?' Unfortunately a similar idea has only recently been used in the novel `The Dalek Generation'. This time it seems as if the Daleks are legitimately peaceful though . This, too, is not an original idea as it has already been visited in the Eight Doctor comic strip `Children of the Revolution'. The Doctor's efforts to come to terms with accepting `good' Daleks has also been featured before, on and off screen. Malorie Blackman handles this well though by concentrating on Ace's perception of the Doctor's attitude.
The Seventh Doctor is quite well characterised, the author capturing his mumbled musings that are half to himself and half to those around him. The slight rift between him and Ace is effective in its subtlety. The author gives us the more immature version of Ace, making it likely that this is early in her travels with the Doctor but at least after `Remembrance of the Daleks'. It feels very like the Ace from her first two or three televised stories. There is, perhaps, a lack of other characters, only Tulana being significant.
Perfectly pitched at children, this novella is ideal for its intended market. However, this means that it feels that it lacks a little depth for the older readers.
The main story itself is interesting, unfolds nicely and works on the page in a way that wouldn't be possible on television. Without wanting to give too much away, the story sees the return of an old, familiar enemy whose strange behaviour exposes the prejudice of the Doctor and the reader.
This book is clearly written for children (in keeping with the aim of the series) but this has been no obstacle to this adult enjoying the book on the Tube ride to work. The impact and consequences of the Doctor's actions are clear without patronising a younger readership. The story creates a dilemma for the Doctor and avoids a trite ending. I was glad that there was no cop-out and I am sure that younger readers will sympathise with the characters.
It would be nice for Sylvester McCoy to record this as a short audio story in the future.
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