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Doctor Who: Father Time Mass Market Paperback – 8 Jan 2001
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Lance Parkin has written numerous fiction and non-fiction books, including several Doctor Who novels. He was a storyline writer on Emmerdale for several years and authored the science-fiction comic book series Miranda. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A gripping sci-fi novel from BBC Books, featuring the Eighth Doctor as played by Paul McGann --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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The plot sees the Doctor's time stranded on Earth reach the 1980's where a girl named Miranda will need his help, for she is the Last One on an Alien Empire that an opposing faction has all but eliminated. To say anymore about the plot would spoil it.
Lance Parkin is one of the best Doctor Who writers around, and Father Time does not disappoint. He draws you into the world he has chosen to set the story in superbly and makes his characters believable. The Doctor, without his memory and his TARDIS for the past 90 years or so, is beginning to feel much more like the Doctor again than in the previous four books, and his relationship with Miranda is very believable.
The quality of the writing is excellent, and overall Lance Parkin has produced another fantastic piece of Doctor Who fiction. I just wish he wouldn't leave it so long to write his next one.
From its beginnings in rural Derbyshire, to the space sequences at the end this is pure Doctor Who in all its glory. The story begins with the Doctor still trapped on Earth. He has lived three quarters of the century, his memory has not returned, but he knows he is not of this planet. He is living in a Cottage taken straight from Withnail and I. A Police Box sits in the garden. When UFOs start to be seen in the neighbourhood, he inevitably gets involved. We are introduced to Debbie, a local schoolteacher. She has an interesting pupil named Miranda who has two hearts. And so the adventure has its foundations.
The characterization of the Doctor is wonderful. You can hear and see McGann delivering the lines. You feel his emotions - this is a Doctor who wears them on his Velvet sleeve. The 8th Doctor has never been portrayed more vividly. The supporting characters are the richest. This Earthbound story arc of the last 5 books revels in marvelous personalities. This book is the pinnacle of it. From the everywoman depiction of Debbie, her brash husband Barry, through to Miranda, 80's teenager but something more - these are characters you can identify with and relate to. The book sucks you in and you become part of the world it depicts. Abounding in 80's references it took me back to that decade.
Doctor Who is about magic, about the wonders in life - an imaginative world second to none. This book has all these elements in abundance. The whole Earthbound arc has been a revelation, a return to the best kind of Doctor Who. This book is the pinnacle of that arc - and indeed the pinnacle of the 8th Doctor series to date. Brilliant
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For more reviews see under 2001 edition with which I concur: it's a brilliant book. But the reprint seems to be some kind of photocopy rather than a genuine reprint. Read morePublished on 7 May 2015 by Glad Palmer
THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST DOCTOR WHO NOVELS EVER WRITTEN.PARKIN HAS CONSISTENTLY CREATED INDIVIDUAL BOOKS IN THE WHO AND BERNICE SUMMERFIELD NOVEL RANGE THAT ARE ALL... Read morePublished on 29 Feb. 2012 by stephen wheeler
Simply lovely, especially the first part. It tends to lose its way a bit in Part 2, but picks back up for the third act.Published on 8 Mar. 2001
This is the best 8th Doctor book in quite some time-let down by a disappointing last third which does not continue the wonderful plot and prose that has gone before. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2001
I tried really hard to find something I liked about Father Time. After having taken a break from reading the rest of the "Doctor-without-a-past" because they sounded far... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2001 by email@example.com