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