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Doctor Who: Heart of Tardis Mass Market Paperback – 5 Jun 2000
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If you're the sort who can talk about contradictions in Dalek history for seven hours or until someone bludgeons you to death with your own duffel coat, then let's be honest, you probably won't.
Yes, the author takes the startlingly original stance that Reagan and Thatcher's politics might have been a bit, you know, evil. But if you grew up exposed to the (mostly Left wing) 80s/90s British media then you'll probably be surprised at how little he actually touches upon it. He confines it to the narrative rather than place words in the characters mouths, and it really isn't jarring. The ending has been mentioned negatively in several reviews, but I personally believe that if you complain about the ending(s) you've missed the point, just a tad.
Overall, this book shines with love for it's subject matter, even after spending 280 pages subverting and poking fun at 'Dr Who?' it was never cruel, and managed to turn out a Second Doctor passage that in a few sentences was more genuinely touching than many of the 'serious' 'Dr Who?' novels I've read.
And let's be honest. Anyone who can attempt to raise Vince to a canonical character gets my lifelong repect and admiration.
This is how multi-doctor stories should work - subtly and without the usual shoving together for a half-hearted plot (or, in the case of BBC books first release 'The Eight Doctors', no plot at all).
If you've been put off the Past Doctor BBC books by the atrocities such as 'Divided Loyalties' then give it another go with Heart of TARDIS. The Past Doctor books certainly seem to be coming out of the quality rut they've been stuck in the the last year or so...'Heart of TARDIS' and before that 'Verdigris' and 'Tomb of Valdemar'...it's a good time to be reading Who.
btw, to the Guy who doesn't know why it's called HoT....hint - try thinking about what happens at the climax of the book. ;-)
The plot of Heart of TARDIS isn’t easy to make out. You have the 2nd Doctor, Jamie and Victoria trapped in some city which doesn’t seem real and where people are being murdered and the 4th Doctor and Romana investigating and odd kidnapping of the Brigadier. The events are obviously linked but it isn’t clear how. On one hand this is irritating, but on the other it keeps things moving. Sadly things fall apart at around the two thirds mark, with Stone introducing lots of plots devices just to push the plot forward, and others added for no reason.
Whilst the story is mostly interesting and entertaining, Stone’s writing style comes across as pretentious and condescending. Long words are used for no real reason and it’s never fun having to look up what words mean continually. Stone also sees fit to explain everything, and add knowing insights or attempts at humour into other bits when neither are really needed.
Both the 2nd and the 4th Doctors are done really well with probably the best portrayal of the 2nd in the range since Steve Lyons. Companion wise Stone has done quite well as Victoria, Jamie and Romana are true to their TV personas. Victoria gets a fair bit of time, but all we learn is she likes women to cover up, Jamie is often forgotten about whilst Romana does the bulk of the work whilst the 4th Doctor faffs. It’s not perfect, but neither is it worth marking down for. Honorary mention goes to the Brigadier, who like Jamie isn’t in it enough. All other characters are annoying as hell however with Crowley and Delbane being the worst offenders. I find this sort of subterfuge very irritating as it just seems lazy.
I found Heart of TARDIS great fun in places, but annoying as hell in others. I had to look up words in the dictionary, and re-read entire paragraphs neither or which I really want to be doing when reading a novel. Stone basically tried far too hard, and the result is a mess with the odd little nugget of greatness. One for fans only I think.
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