Timewyrm: Genesys (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – 20 Jun 1991
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An adventure featuring the Doctor and his companion Ace from the BBC TV series "Doctor Who". This is an original story rather than a novelization of a TV storyline, and is designed to appeal to adults and mainstream science fiction fans rather than young fans of the series.
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The series kicked off with the 'Timewyrm' series, a tetrarchy of original stories featuring the Seventh Doctor as embodied by Scot, Sylvester McCoy. These were to be followed by a trilogy and then a series of original stories. The first four novels received a lukewarm response form the public and this, the first in the series, attracted its fair share of criticism. Ultimately 'Timewyrm:Genesys' is a decent read, free from the constraints of the BBC SFX department John Peel develops the central characters and introduces a worthy foe in the form of the evil Timewyrm, a renegade 'queen' who was executed for treason but survived, replacing her vital organs with machinery.
The 'historical stories' always seemed to bring out the best in DW writers and this is no exception; swarthy medieval warriors, serving wenches and court musicians all rub shoulders with intergalactic nomads whilst the Doctor and Ace renew their friendship after the drama of 'Survival'. Terrance Dicks was to pick up this thread with even greater success in the next Timewyrm story:EXODUS.
The story picks up right after the end of the last tv story, Survival. A Prologue has the destruction of a spaceship and the survival of a dangerous passenger. The narrative shifts to Ancient Mesopotamia, where Gilgamesh the mighty King of Uruk is spying on his neighbour and enemy, Kish. Here he meets a mysterious woman who he takes to be the personification of the goddess Ishtar. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Ace are in the Tardis, where the Doctor has rather inconsiderately managed to wipe Ace’s memory in his attempt to declutter his own mind. After sorting that out, the time travellers are rather surprised to receive a warning from one of the Doctor’s other selves about the Timewyrm. The Doctor knows he must investigate.
This is a great start to the New Adventures. It is a story which would always have been beyond being shown on the small screen at the time, yet it takes the Doctor and Ace and places them in a situation where they are still utterly familiar to the reader (remember, at the time these “new” adventures were a wholly new experience for Doctor Who fans). The story is, as advertised, broader and deeper than the stories we had been used to. The author, an authoritative writer on Doctor Who, has taken the Doctor and his companion and placed them in an environment where aliens meet history and where the Doctor must use all his skills to safeguard the future of humanity. Even better, at the end of this story he knows that he still has to fight the menace of the Timewyrm – on to the second New Adventure, Timewyrm: Exodus by Terrance Dicks.
Like the series they are based on, the books are a bit hit and miss. A good book often following a bad, although it should perhaps be mentioned that there are only a very few real 'stinkers' in this series. The early books often had plots originally destined for the TV series itself and the cancellation of the show was instrumental in the books being written (it was felt the scripts should not go to waste).
As the New Adventures series progressed the writers let their lead characters develop. There is a sense of change from the old to the new that can be seen when these books are read retrospectively after seeing the new Doctor Who productions from Russell T Davies. Naturally, it helps to be familiar with the 7th Doctor stories as these books are written for the McCoy era fans. Many of the writers of these books have since gone on to write for the new TV shows or have written for Torchwood. Other writers had already been involved with the TV series, and Genesys writer John Peel is a name familiar to all Doctor Who fans.
If you are planning to read them all you should be aware that when the characters are allowed to develop this often involves a certain amount of snogging (and sometimes more, although nothing too graphic), and the entire series suffers from certain writers trying to get their favourite bands mentioned in the plots (this happened a lot until there was a bit of a fan backlash about it).Read more ›
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An interesting start to the series, with a lot of the novel devoted to setting up the Timewyrm monster for the next 3 books in the series. It's very readable - an easy style. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2013 by Mr A Beale
I first read this when I was 12, and I loved it. The plot is a re-telling of the epic of Gilgamesh and Enkidu from Ancient Messopatamia, involving the Doctor and Ace and an Alien... Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2008 by J. L. Maitland