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Doctor Who: The Taint Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 1999

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; paperback / softback edition (1 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563555688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563555681
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Collier's previous book The Longest Day featured some good characters (especially the inspired Nashaad) and an interesting alien in the Kusk. With The Taint all we get is very confused indeed as a group of inadequately described loonies take over the asylum. It's very difficult to keep track of who is who early on and so at the end knowing who lived or died is impossible.

The idea of alien mind parasites is good if unoriginal, and the two robotic guardian-types are neat but their function in the novel is unclear. The new companion character Fitz remains something of an enigma although he does have some fine moments and some appealing defining characteristics.

There are some interesting concepts in The Taint, but unfortunately the writing never manages to rise above the level of competent and the plot gets a little submerged under a surfeit of characters. It's a pity, especially after the excellence of The Janus Conjunction, Vanderdeken's Children and The Face-Eater. Overall, a disappointing novel. --David J Howe


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