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Dimension Riders (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – 18 Nov 1993

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Paperback First edition (18 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426203976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426203971
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A holiday in Oxford is cut short when the Doctor finds something very wrong on Space Station Q4, where ghostly soldiers from the future watch from the shadows. Soon, the Doctor is trapped in the past, Ace is fighting for her life and Bernice is uncovering deceit among the college cloisters.

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Format: Paperback
The latest in the Virgin New Adventures series borrows heavily from Douglas Adams' script for the unfinished BBC TV story 'Shada'. Set partly in Oxford and partly on a Star Trek style starship, the tale concerns a shadowy entity 'The Garvond' who appears from the Doctor's past in order to consume time itself. The creature is assisted by 'Epsilon Data' a renegade timelord, his beautiful android Amanda and a host of so-called 'time warriors', who can accelerate the ageing process of the human form with devastating results.
All of these elements combine well to form a coherent and fast-paced story but one which is ultimately dissatisfying. Ace and Benny smoulder at The Doctor's seeming betrayal and willingness to sacrifice others for the greater good; whilst Benny also gains a belated love interest in the form of the nice but wet Tom Cheynor. These elements are interesting enough however 'The Garvond' does not make for a truly worthy adversary (despite the author's best efforts) and the all-too-easily sacrificed crew of the starship add little to the action; even the noble yet misguided Captain Terran, a carbon-copy of Star Trek's own James T Kirk.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dimension Readers 7 Oct. 2002
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on
Format: Paperback
THE DIMENSION RIDERS is one of those stories that's quite a bit of fun while you're actually reading it, but which doesn't particularly stick in one's memory. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, and, in fact, there is quite a lot here that is very enjoyable. However, there's also nothing really fantastic about it either. I read the story, and I enjoyed it, but there was very little that stood out about it in my mind after I had finished. It works well as a simple adventure, but don't go into it expecting anything more.
The plot appears to be a tad more ambitious than it actually is. It's set in two main time zones with a lot of interacting going on between them, and that layer of complexity really doesn't have all that much impact on the plot. There didn't seem to be any real plot reason for having the action spread out over time rather than space, but it did make the story seem just a little bit more interesting. It's a case of style over substance, perhaps, but it works. The plot may not be especially complicated, but it is fairly clever in a few places. There are parts that are a predictable, yet I found one or two twists that genuinely surprised me. The modern-day Oxford setting is drawn realistically and goes a long way in helping add to the atmosphere. This contrasts well with the ghost story feeling of the passages set in the future.
The characters introduced here are competently drawn, but aren't particularly deep. They fulfill the functions that the plot requires of them, and aren't really fleshed out beyond that. Again, the characterization isn't anything that really hurts the book, and, indeed, there are a handful of moments that do stand out as being special. It's just that the vast majority of what we see is adequate, but not great.
Actually, my overall opinion of THE DIMENSION RIDERS was adequate, but not great. There is indeed a small smattering of interesting pieces, and the storyline itself it quite fun, even if it isn't terribly deep. The hints dropped here concerning the ongoing Alternative History story-arc are intriguing. You could probably skip this one and not worry about missing anything terribly exciting, but you'd be missing out on an enjoyable few hours.
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat dark but well told 5 May 2005
By Bill Huebsch - Published on
Format: Paperback
A well paced story with three main plot lines as the Doctor, Benny and Ace get split up fairly early on. Ace's experience is very bleak and she continues to have her doubts about the Doctor's morals and intentions. She is also confused as to why the Doctor is not explaining things to her like he used to and instead expects her to figure them out herself.

The Doctor is his normal flippant self and comes out well as usual. Benny comes out pretty well also and although she wonders about the Doctor, she is largely OK with him rather than not trusting him as Ace does.

I found a couple of the supporting cast pretty interesting as well, particularly Terrin and Raferty. The renegade Time Lord was a bit weak and the bad guy/creature was overdone (but that is not unusual in Doctor Who, nor is it necessarily a bad thing).
3.0 out of 5 stars Time catches up with everyone 15 July 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Set in the late 24th century, where space station Q4 is under attack from a group of beings called the Time Soldiers. But behind them is another foe, someone who should not exist...
The second of the Alternate Universe arc (the others being 'Blood Heat', 'The Left-Handed Hummingbird', 'Conundrum' and 'No Future'), this story follows on from the quite dark and bleak ending of 'Blood Heat' and, if anything, things get even bleaker!
The story is split into different parts, and the three members of the TARDIS crew all have their own story strands to pursue until they slowly draw together towards the end.
But for the very depressing atmosphere which pervades the novel, it might have been a good read! Not for those looking for a pleasant read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The middle of a story arc always suffers 29 May 2001
By M. Konczewski - Published on
Format: Paperback
This story is the middle of story arc that concludes in the NA "No Future." Like all story arcs, there comes a point in the plot were nothing really happens, and that's exactly what happens in "The Dimension Riders." The characters are thrown about through time and space (literally), with very little being resolved. If you can find it used, pick it up.
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