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Doctor Who: Last Man Running Mass Market Paperback – 7 Sep 1998
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The main plot of Last Man Running is The Doctor and Leela arriving on a planet at the same time as a group of investigators who are searching for an escaped man (a runner). They soon find the planet has extremely odd vegetation and is almost totally devoid of wildlife and it becomes apparent they are part of a weapons testing facility and unwitting test subject of the runners experiments.
Boucher has created his own terminology for the group of investigators which is thoroughly offputting, The odd usage is bearable but they are also mentioned far too commonly and you wonder if you've missed a bit explaining just what they are. It then becomes clear that that is how Boucher wants it to be as the Doctor asks himself the same questions. A pointless sub-plot in my eyes.
The first half of Last Man Running is more about survival in the wild whilst the latter half switches to a more science fiction style. The two styles don't really work together which lets the book down, the actual heart of the story isn't a bad concept, it just isn't done particularly well and you do find your mind wandering ever so slightly in the lull between the more action packed scenes. For such a short novel the ending took a long time to get over and done with, and when it ended I wasn't entirely sure what had actually happened. It was fairly confusing, and the fate of the empire is still left unresolved.
The Doctor is a fairly mediocre 4th, only really discernible by his long coat, hat and scarf. I enjoyed the fact that the scarf is used early on as a plot device but other than that his characterization is lacking to say the least.Read more ›
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This book is a bit of a let down because of the high hopes I had had for it. It features a storyline that is so dragged out I think that it needed to be shortened when published. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2014 by TARDIS Traveller
I had been looking forward to this novel for some time, thinking we would get a gothic horror adventure that was fun. I as wrong. Read morePublished on 15 April 2000