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Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift (Doctor Who: Quick Reads Book 7) Kindle Edition
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Most year's releases of quick reads have seen a Doctor Who story amongst them, and this is the latest.
It features the Eleventh Doctor. Travelling on his own.
It runs for ninety nine pages and is divided into fourteen chapters.
The story sees the Doctor investigating when a businessman announces that he has the answer to the world energy crisis. A new source of energy called Fire-Ice. The Doctor travels amongst a party of visitors who go to a south pole refinery where it's being produced.
He finds that something is stalking the place. For a species that the Doctor has met before are nearby. And a battle for the future of the planet is about to commence.
As with the usual Silurian stories, this one has a lot of moral questions for the characters to consider. Nobody on either side of the conflict is necessarily in the wrong. But the choices they make might just be. And the Doctor is caught up in the middle of it, trying to find a solution that will please both sides.
This uses the medium of the printed word very well, because it includes a few creatures and some big set pieces that might be beyond the budget or the visuals of the tv show. These are done very well. There are some moments and appearances that will please Doctor Who fans.
As with many solo Doctor stories, he picks up a temporary companion for the duration of it. This is Lizzie, a girl who has her own reasons for being there. And who works well as a character because she allows the story to put all the moral issues across.
It's a short and easy read. It features Silurians. A perfectly characterised Eleventh Doctor. And it's a cheap purchase also. So it's well worth a look. Whether you read a lot. Or hardly ever.
The plot is essentially a base under siege story, the setting being in Antarctica (which has been done several times already in Doctor Who media). All that this entails is present and although not very original it does have a feeling of comfortable familiarity that can be enjoyed.
The Silurians are physically those seen in the more recent Eleventh Doctor stories but in many ways they behave faithful to the Malcolm Hulke original versions. Most satisfying is that this novel includes Myrkas and Sea Devils which have failed to make it back in the programme's revival. This does mean much of what takes place is too similar to what we have seen before. There is certainly an influence of `Warriors of the Deep' which shares many of the same aspects.
There is an inclusion of a very atypical female role to act as a temporary assistant. The story doesn't really need this aspect however. It is probably a good choice to omit Clara considering the current TV storyline but the inclusion of Lizzie fails to cover Clara's absence, instead emphasising the lack of her presence by bringing attention to it.
For this book to accomplish all it has in such a brief amount of text is quite impressive and at the price of merely a pound it has to be worth buying for any Doctor Who fan. It also gives some hope that the Sea Devils might return to the TV series.
But, fans of classic Doctor Who will recall that the Silurians have underwater cousins and genetically engineered pets! So...
For a mere pound coin, this book is worth every penny and I can't wait to see who the alien foe might be in 2014... the Ice Warriors from Mars, perhaps?
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