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Kate Orman has never been my favourite New Adventures author, however this full-cast audio adaptation of Orman's 1990s novel is arguably her best effort, with archaeologist Bernice 'Benny' Summerfield on fine feisty form, in a time-travelling caper that sees Benny and her no-good ex-husband Jason tangling with the powerful and enigmatic alien race 'The People', and Jason exasperating Benny with his fecklessness and duplicity.
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on 20 March 1999
Walking to Babylon is the latest in a series of excellent New Adventures penned by Who's only professional female writer. It's also the best. The plot is perfectly paced, without a trace of the padding that occasionally blights the NA series. Benny's character is spot on, and as usual with Kate's work, we learn a little bit more about our favourite archeologist's grimy past, more secifically her first horrific, character-forming solo expedition. The supporting cast are sublime, the psyche of the People as subtly intriguing as ever. Extra brownie points must be awarded for ...Lords of Time, who just happen to be in the process of declaring war on the People. And, and... oh, everything! Kate is undoubtedly the finest writer in either canon of contemporary 'Who writing, and this is probably her finest work to date. Thank you, Kate.
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