White Darkness (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – 17 Jun 1993
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Features the Doctor from the BBC TV series "Doctor Who". Ace has rejoined the Doctor and Benny. The Doctor's last three visits to the scattered human colonies of the third millennium have not entirely been successful and so they head for the tropics on Earth in the 20th century.
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The plot is a mishmash of Indiana Jones and James Bond outtakes; but surprisingly it works! Baron Samedi from 'Live & Let Die' is using voodoo and zombification to facilitate a takeover of the earth by the 'Old Ones' - we are never really told who these beings are, apart from old enemies of the Time Lords who rode 'the time winds' (for no apparent reason).
Despite this self-referential nonsense the story is fast-paced and exciting; likeable and well-rounded characters and a Doctor who is both resourceful and compassionate, without being too enigmatic.
The real attention-grabber here though is Ace; she appears to be turning into a fully-fledged psycho, almost enjoying the killing which is becoming more and more a facet of her persona.
All-in-all this is one of the highlights of the 'Further Adventure' series so far - although the tension between the two companions is beginning to stretch very thin...
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The setting is evoked quite effectively; the more historical aspects of the story really shine. McIntee makes good use of the location, so that it, the people, and the culture are vital to the plot. Not all of the individual historical figures seem as three-dimensional as they could be, but the surrounding details more than make up for this. At certain points, I just wanted to soak up the historical facts and ignore the science-fiction story that seemed to be intruding into this nice drama. The book does a great job of balancing the history with the fiction.
A few things pulled WHITE DARKNESS down for me. Some portions of the prose are extremely awkward, and could have been greatly helped by the editor's red pen. There are a few sections that don't really have any impact at all upon anything else, and could probably have been removed. The nature of the enemy was fairly ill-defined, and while this did have certain advantages (it added a bit of mystery and menace) the end result was that it was difficult to feel that this adversary had much strength behind it. Quite a few pieces suffered from the flaw of telling rather than showing, but to the book's credit, I didn't find that particular shortcoming to be overly disruptive in this case.
It's a pity that a scant few problems nearly manage to wreck the rest, as with some mindful editing this could easily have been a much stronger novel. As it is now, it's still quite entertaining, and I'd recommend it for the setting and the atmosphere alone. The plot is straightforward, but not simplistic, and works well in its action/adventure dressing. An enjoyable way of spending a few hours.
Another debut of a regular author, this book starts off looking like one thing and then changes... The concentration on local Haitian politics and zombis that initially dominate the book are both the surface manifestations of two much larger matters that reveal themselves as the book progresses.
While well-thought through, the actual drama is not well-portrayed in this book. Matters arise and are fairly quickly and routinely resolved, and hence it fails to draw the reader in. Had Mr. McIntee had more experience, this would have been a better book.