- Hardcover: 241 pages
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (20 May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844350460
- ISBN-13: 978-1844350469
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,919,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Past Tense: A Short-story Collection (Doctor Who: Short Trips) Hardcover – 20 May 2004
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This is a collection of short stories set exclusively in Earth's past - from the heady atmosphere of Shakespearean London to the shadowy world of pre-war Istanbul. The stories include work by Eric Saward, Nev Fountain, Nicholas Briggs, Joseph Lidster and Mark Wright.
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There are only 2 standout great stories, a missing 1st Doctor meets Robin Hood story is inventively presented by means of various fan articles in The Thief of Sherwood, and the nature of nostalgia is examined in the charming Bide-A-Wee.
Reasonably enjoyable but unspectacular stories feature: the 5th Doctor encountering warring tribes in The Immortals; the 4th Doctor present at Marlow's death in All Done With Mirrors; the 7th Doctor getting involved in pre-Great War espionage in Ante Bellum; the 3rd Doctor witnessing the birth of CND in Come Friendly Bombs...;The 6th Doctor meeting Elizabethan astrology John Dee in Mortlake; the 5th Doctor attempting to ensure that the annexation of Pretoria runs according to the history books in White Man's Burden; and the 6th Doctor travelling through time stealing all the pies in The Man Who Wouldn't Give Up.
The huge number of poor stories comprise: a boring rewrite of ET featuring the 8th Doctor in Far From Home; the Doctor has a couple of nightmares (yawn)in the confused CHAOS; the 5th Doctor at an unamusing comedy cricket match in Graham Dilley Saves the World; a true life story of shipwrecks with the 7th Doctor crudely crowbarred into the narrative in the unconvincing Of the Mermaid and Jupiter; the 2nd Doctor gets involved a pointless bit of time travel fluff in One Small Step; the 4th Doctor raids the dressing up box in To Kill a Nandi Bear; Jim'll Fix It for the 6th Doctor in Fixing a Hole; and the 2nd Doctor has to stop Polly destroying time in That Time I Nearly Destroyed The World Whilst Looking For A Dress.
A few good stories, but too many that are either boring retreads of the 'interference in the Web of Time' formulas, and a few that don't seem to have anything to do with history at all. Avoid.