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"Doctor Who", Spiral Scratch (Doctor Who S.) Paperback – 4 Aug 2005
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Of course, one shouldn't simply approach this novel from the regeneration aspect (although it is extremely pleasing that the sixth is allowed to depart on a real dramatic and heroic note), as this is a wonderful novel. The plot reels you in and keeps you hooked. Some may argue that technobabble is abundant. However, I find that it is unobtrusive and adds to the atmosphere and plot rather than getting in the way and having it for the sake of science-fiction necessity. I feel that this novel can be approached for either shear pleasure (i.e. simply an easy and enjoyable read) or you can approach it with the depth that the novel contains and bathe in the (sometimes) complex threads and enjoy the seemingly random plot-lines that tie-up delightfully. This may seem two completely contradictory approaches but honestly, they are both there. Take your pick!
Indeed, there have been better stories. However, that is no reason to decry this is a waste of time: it isn't. I enjoyed it immeasurably and I do strongly recommend that you buy this.
With lots of beings from parallel universes running around, it's very hard to get a hold of this book, and the doctor and mel are simply pushed round from one situation to the next.
I nearly didn't finish this because it go so hard going.
The last chapter is great - see the other reviews to find what happens - and I'd like to say it was worth it because of that [this would be a one star review otherwise] - but in all honesty, it's not
Russell's use of language leaves a lot to be desired. He has one character, meeting a social superior, "doffing his head". Given that "to doff" means to remove, e.g. a hat as a gesture of respect, this action should have elicited more comment than it did. He also seems to think that "fortuitous" is a synonym for "fortunate" ( it isn't: it means coincidental ).
The novel ends where Time and the Rani begins, and it is nice finally to have a proper send off for the Sixth Doctor, I just wish it had been rather better than this.
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