Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles Hardcover – 14 Oct 2010
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"He is a giant. If you are at all interested in fantastic fiction, you must read Michael Moorcock" (Tad Williams)
"The greatest writer of post-Tolkien British fantasy" (Michael Chabon)
"Moorcock has the bravura of a nineteenth-century novelist; he takes risks; he uses fiction as if it were a divining rod for the age's most significant concerns" (Peter Ackroyd)
"The most important successor to Mervyn Peake and Wyndham Lewis" (J.G. Ballard)
"Delicious. The modern genre's most original voice has invited the Doctor into his multiverse for an adventure sparkling with wit and peril... Authentic Moorcock. Authentic Who. An essential read." (Stephen Baxter)
BBC Books' first Doctor Who 'Special', written by fantasy and sci-fi giant Michael MoorcockSee all Product Description
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Well the novel is littered with the Moorcock trademarks - arrows of law, law vs. Chaos, cosmic balance, multiverse and a character named Cornelius. We also need to bear in mind Moorcock's novel for the film Great Rock and Roll Swindle for which he (essentially) reproduced a Jerry Cornelius tale (though a good one!).
We then need to think back to the good Doctor - I am just listening to the Big Finish Key2Time series, and it is clear that the Doctor as well uses the language of law/order vs. Chaos, multiverse, the Key to Time itself is a balance, so actually the language is not that far away.
The novel itself is well paced, very readable and very funny. In fact I was most struck by the sense that the fantastic comic prose describing the bizarre archaic psuedo-cricket / darts / jousting games of the 'plot' (ignoring the hat) could as well have been outpourings of the pen of the most credible of Dr Who champions Douglas Adams.
As a Moorcock fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the look back to Earth history from the distant future - pure Dancers at the End of Time for those that know their Moorcock.
Why only four stars? Well I think too much was added to the Who universe to set the backdrop for the story; Amy was left as a cypher until suddenly taking her place as a key character for the final third; the Doctor himself seemed to have all the faults of the Matt Smith character (appearance over content) and didn't quite capture his strengths of timing and expression.Read more ›
At times this is more of a Moorcock novel complete with his trademark obsessions and characters - another variation on Jerry Cornelius, more Multiverses, more Arrows of Law - with the Doctor sidelined to a minor player who almost feels shoehorned in, never quite commanding the story and often feeling subordinate to it and the author's already long-established worlds. As such it may well disappoint or alienate some fans of both the series and Moorcock.Read more ›
Unfortunately this failed to satisfy me as EITHER a Doctor Who or Michael Moorcock novel - yet alone both. Doctor Who references were minimal, while characterisation of both the 11th Doctor and Amy was poor. From a Michael Moorcock perspective there were myriad references to "the multiverse" and the battle between "law and chaos", but it was a far cry from the intelligent writing I associate with Moorcock.
The setting was comedic and nonsensical, the characters farcical and the conceptual science bizarrely ridiculous. An awful lot of time was spent playing weird sports events which the rules and terms were never really adequately defined so it was very hard to keep track of who was winning and how they were doing it.
To my mind Moorcock has taken the worst elements of Doctor Who and his own writing rather than the best. From Doctor Who he incorporated the sometimes childish plots and characterisation that is occasionally present in the series but none of the rich history that the series has established, from his own writing he took some of the bizarre conceptual theories but none of the depth of characterisation or sense of epic adventure.
I really regret that this is the case. I was looking forward to this so much.
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As an enthusiast for Dr Who (50 years) and Michael Moorcock (40 years) I was nervous of reading this. Shouldn't have worried. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anotherirritatingpassword
I read this book as a Doctor Who fan but,after reading this I'll be picking up some more Michael Moorcock as I really enjoyed the story. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mrdubyadee
Michael Moorcock is one of the greatest living fantasists. Choosing him to write a novel for 'Doctor Who' was inspired. In the course of this novel, Mr. Read morePublished 22 months ago by English Teacher
A Doctor Who novel. Featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy [set at an unspecified point somewhere in his first season]. Read morePublished on 21 April 2014 by Paul Tapner
I'm working my way through all the Doctor Who new Series adventures, and was looking forward to this because it was by an established Sci Fi author and was longer. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2014 by Mr. M. Jones
Awful The worst Dr Who spinoff book ever. Very disapointing and I cannot understand what on Earth possessed the series editors to allow this rubbish to appear as a Dr Who official... Read morePublished on 25 Dec. 2013 by Tom
Reading this I had the feeling that having secured Michael Moorcock to write a Doctor Who novel the editor was just too in awe of hin to say "Listen, Michael, this is... Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2013 by Bootho