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Doctor Who: Last Man Running Mass Market Paperback – 7 Sep 1998

2.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; paperback / softback edition (7 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405948
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 8.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of he better Who novels. I find some of the characterisations of the Doctor a bit bland in the novels. Not here! The wit and ecentricity Tom Baker leaps off the pages - perhaps helped by the fact that the author scripted for the TV series in the mid 70s. In fact the author came up with the character of Leela for the TV episodes and I get the feeling that here he is portraying Leela as he would have wanted her for he TV. Her character comes out as more rounded and more convincing. She is the only companion I would describe as scary. Give it a go and if you like it, try Corpse Maker by the same author and with the same characters
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Chris Boucher's first Doctor Who novel finds the 4th Doctor and Leela becoming unwittingly involved in the birth of an interplanetary revolution when they stumble into an alien biological weapons testing site. Boucher handles the regulars well (as he should being Leela's creator), and some bickering class divided investigators bring to mind the relationships he explored with the Sandminer crew in Robots of Death. The plot is generally enjoyable, but the emphasis seems all wrong, with a rather rushed finale and the story of the revolution being underwritten. Some good action scenes and a fast easy pace make this a mostly enjoyable if undemanding read. Flawed, but not too bad.
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Last Man Running is the second 4th Doctor novel in the Past Doctor Adventure range written by Chris Boucher.

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.
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