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Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360)
Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £6.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes Shoot-Em-Up Gaming To The Max !, 2 Mar. 2015
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Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360).

Product Info.
2xCDs
Certificate:18
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Game Type: Shoot-Em-Up

Features:
- Developed by Rockstar Games for a seamless, highly detailed, cinematic experience
- Advanced Bullet Time & Shootdodge & Final Kill-cam mechanics for stylish shooting action
- Cutting edge aiming, targeting and animation processes for precise, fluid gunplay
- A dark, twisted story chronicling the return of Max Payne, one of the most iconic characters in videogames
- Tight integration between Natural Motion's Euphoria Character Behaviour System & a brand new iteration of the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) for lifelike movement & a new level of environmental awareness
- A wide range of weapons rendered in incredible detail: hammers cock back, shells eject from the chamber & each bullet is individually modeled from the split second it's fired to the moment of impact.
- Advanced particle physics & destructible environments set the stage for dramatic & chaotic gun fights
- New to the series, a compelling & addictive multiplayer experience to match the dark & relentless atmosphere of the single-player game

What's The Story?
For Max Payne, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that refuse to heal. No longer a cop, close to washed up & addicted to pain killers, Max takes a job in São Paulo, Brazil, protecting the family of wealthy real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, in an effort to finally escape his troubled past. But as events spiral out of his control, Max Payne finds himself alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city, desperately searching for the truth & fighting for a way out.

Timelord Thoughts.
Max Payne & it's sequel were two of my favourite games on the PlayStation 2 as they featured a film noir style environment, great graphics, atmospheric sound & brutal gunplay, now Max Payne 3 the third game in the series appears on the next gen console but can Max Payne still stand up to recent releases like the GTA series or Gears Of War?

Well for the most part Max Payne 3 is awesome & the game does feature some amazing visuals combined with a dark atmospheric storyline & keeps within the tradition of the previous games & features some amazing action packedgunfights that would put John Woo to shame with it's impressive cover fire shootouts thanks to a excellent AI & delivers some great bloody kill shots in bullet time that packs a mean punch.

The level of difficulty from medium upwards is quite difficult & very challenging, the controls can be slightly fiddly at first but stick with it & you should get used to them fairly quickly.

Highlights in the game include the many enemies who try to ambush you down corridors or behind walls which requires quick reflexes using your Xbox controller as you duck down trying to find some cover as quickly as possible to hide behind adds a genuine sense of realism to the game although some may find the game does become a little repetitive at times with the constant shootouts but this is just a minor quibble to a otherwise solid game.

The game features some superb cut scenes, realistic characters & great voice acting that adds a certain drama to the darkly toned storyline & the character of Max who is now an aging burned out ex cop alcoholic pill popping anti-hero is one of gamings most bad ass playable characters, but be warned Max Payne 3 contains the F' word that is used throughout the game & certainly isn't suitable for younger gamers.

With many additional mini challenges & bonus extras like finding the golden gun weapon upgrades which are scattered throughout the campaign & the addition of teaming up with a friend for online multiplay, Max Payne 3 is a dark gritty violent game that for under a tenner is well worth purchasing & adding to your Xbox 360 gaming collection.

Timelord Rating.
8.5/10


Doctor Who: The Stone Rose: The History Collection
Doctor Who: The Stone Rose: The History Collection
by Jacqueline Rayner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's The Mystery Of The Stone Rose?, 1 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who: The Stone Rose (The History Collection).

Product Info.
224 Pages
Paperback Edition
Author: Jacqueline Rayner

What's Up Doc?
A 2,000 year old statue of Rose Tyler is a mystery that the Doctor and Rose can only solve by travelling back to the time when it was made. But when they do, they find the mystery is deeper & more complicated than they ever imagined.

While the Doctor searches for a missing boy, Rose befriends a girl who it seems can accurately predict the future. But when the Doctor stumbles on the terrible truth behind the statue, Rose herself learns that you have to be very careful what you wish for.

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Stone Rose' is an adventure set in Roman times, featuring the Tenth Doctor & his companion Rose Tyler & is a fun interesting novel with it's ancient setting which contains a great storyline about a 2000 yr old Roman sculpture of Rose, timey wimey paradoxes, a clever twist at the end & sees our time travelling duo involved in many perils & dangerous situations to escape from.

Writer Jacqueline Raynor Doctor Who story's has been a little hit & miss for me but I'm pleased to say she excelled herself here by capturing the Tv series tone splendidly & the characters especially the Tenth Doctor era superbly well here & delivered a clever engaging witty script that held my interest throughout.

This novel includes many great moments with the highlight being the Doctor in the Colosseum which is brilliantly written & shows the Tenth Doctor in all his wonderful intelligent quirky eccentric glory, Raynor also recreates the characterizations of Rose Tyler loyalty & love for the Doctor spot on & captures her interfering Rose's mother Jackie very well & adds some emotion to the character of Mickey Smith, Rose's on/off boyfriend who really comes into his own in this story with a memorable heartbreaking speech upon the discovery of Rose's apparent `death' that even brought a tear to my eye.

Overall, 'The Stone Rose' is a fantastic written novel by Jacqueline Rayner that is a clever easy going read that is chock full of exciting adventure & is one of my favourite Tenth Doctor novels to date that's well worth adding to your Doctor Who collection.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who: The English Way of Death: The History Collection (Doctor Who History Collection)
Doctor Who: The English Way of Death: The History Collection (Doctor Who History Collection)
by Gareth Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Humoured, Spooky & Exciting Fourth Doctor Novel, 1 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who: The English Way of Death (The History Collection).

Product Info.
288 Pages
Paperback Novel
Author: Gareth Roberts

What's Up Doc?
The Doctor, Romana & K-9 are hoping for a holiday in London in the sweltering summer of 1930. But the TARDIS is warning of time pollution & that’s not the only problem.

What connects the isolated Sussex resort of Nutchurch with the secret society run by the eccentric Percy Closed? Why has millionaire Hepworth Stackhouse dismissed his staff & hired assassin Julia Orlostro? & what is the truth behind the infernal vapour known only as Zodaal?

With the heat building, the Doctor & his friends set out to solve the mysteries.

Timelord Thoughts.
'The English Way Of Death' is an adventure set in 1930s London, featuring the Fourth Doctor & his companions Romana & K-9.which sees our time travelling trio thrown into another tense & gripping atmospheric adventure that's set in 1930's London & features cannibalistic green alien mist & humans turning into spooky possessed zombies, where nobody is quite who they appear & as the Doctor soon discovers.

Writer, Gareth Roberts has weaved out his writing magic & faithfully captures the tone of season 17 & combines it with some darker chilling moments that could be lifted straight from of a Robert Holmes adventure & mixes together elements of Agatha Christie' s Poirot & PG Woodhouse novel, adds in some humourous touches, great characterizations of the bonkers eccentric Fourth Doctor & the dry sarcastic Time lady Romana & writes intriguing supporting characters & includes a good dollap of horror hokum with the end result being 288 page novel of fun filled adventure.

Overall, 'The English Way of Death' is another excellent Fourth Doctor novel by Gareth Roberts that is a creepy enjoyable dark humoured adventure & is yet another highly recommended read for fan's of the Fourth Doctor era.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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I am Spock
I am Spock
by Leonard Nimoy
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Insight Of One Of Sci-Fi's Most Iconic Characters, 28 Feb. 2015
This review is from: I am Spock (Paperback)
"Dedicated To Leonard Nimoy who sadly died 27th February 2015, who as Mr Spock made my childhood just that little bit happier".

I Am Spock (Autobiography).

Product Info.
Paperback: 288 pages
Author: Leonard Nimoy

Timelord Review.
'I Am Spock' is the second autobiography written by actor, writer, director - Leonard Nimoy & is a follow-up to his previous autobiography 'I Am Not Spock'.

This is truly a entertaining read from beginning to end as writer Nimoy delivers a humorous & informative biography as he discusses his portrayal of Mr Spock from the Original 1960's Tv series to the motion picture movies in which Nimoy directed or co-wrote including, 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock' & 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' & also served as executive producer for 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country'.

Nimoy comes across as a genuine down to earth caring person & gives his opinions on a wide variety of topics from his days as a performer in theatre & discusses other acting performances inbetween making 'Star Trek'.

But it's 'Star Trek' that's this books main focus & the material doesn't disappoint, as Nimoy gives a detailed account of the Tv episode story's, the writers, directors, producers & the many actors with whom he worked with on the show & movies.

My favourite part of the book is when Nimoy discusses his responsibilities as a Director & Co-Writer & Executive Producer of the three Star Trek Movies he was creatively involved in & also provides his own personal thoughts about Star Treks creator - Gene Roddenberry.

But what I admired most from reading this book was Nimoys apologetic nature of the title of his previous biography 'I Am Not Spock' in which he genuinely expresses regret about the title of that book as it upset many Star Trek fan's including myself who thought he did not like portraying Mr Spock or being part of the Star Trek legacy which is simply not true as Nimoys love & passion for the character shines throughout this book & details just how much he cares & appreciates this cult iconic character.

Anybody who's a fan of 'Star Trek' should definitely seek this book out as it's a clear, concise & informative read about a great actor, writer, director & clearly expresses what a genuine nice guy Leonard Nimoy was & what a cult phenomenon he became with his portrayal of the iconic sci-fi character Mr Spock, a highly recommended book.

"Live Long & Prosper".

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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The Five Companions (Big Finish) Doctor Who
The Five Companions (Big Finish) Doctor Who
by Eddie Robson
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure Of Joy & Nostalgia, 27 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: The Five Companions (Audio).
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Ian, Steven, Sara, Polly, Nyssa
Main enemy: Daleks, Sontarans
Main setting: An alternative Death Zone, Gallifrey
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Eddie Robson
Release number: X
1xCD
Running Time 70 Minutes

CD Extras.
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Steven Taylor - Peter Purves
Sara Kingdom - Jean Marsh
Polly Wright - Anneke Wills
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
The Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
The Sontarans - Dan Starkey

Trivia.
1)This is a special release given away to Big Finish subscribers who have (AUDIO: Army of Death) as part of their subscription.
2)This marks the first time that Peter Purves & Anneke Wills have reprised their roles as Steven Taylor & Polly Wright respectively for Big Finish outside of the Companion Chronicles range.
3)This is the first time that William Russell has reprised his role as Ian Chesterton in a full cast Big Finish audio drama.
4)A Tyrannosaurus rex is transported to the alternative Death Zone, where it kills several Daleks before it is exterminated.

What's Up Doc?
Inside a cluster of fused-together derelict spaceships, four of the Doctor's oldest friends - & one of his newest ones - are lost & confused. They don't know how they got there or what they're meant to be doing - but as the place is infested with Daleks, Sontarans & dinosaurs, their first priority is staying alive.

To their collective relief, the Fifth Doctor turns up & has a reasonable idea of what's going on, If the six of them work together, they can escape this place & get home. But, unexpectedly, others may be working together to ensure they all die here...

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Five Companions is a excellent enjoyable audio drama written with great humour & a tightly paced storyline that flows effortlessly for it's 70 minutes running time & brings together the Fifth Doctor (a superb performance by Peter Davison) & several of his companions old & new for the first time as each companion has there moment with the Doctor & contributes to their current dilemma .

Unlike 'The Four Doctors' this Subscribers Special works because writer Eddie Robson focuses on great character drama & interactions which requires the Doctor, Ian, Steven, Sara, Polly & Nyssa to work together to escape there current predicament it's this unity that makes the story so worthwhile & theres some superb moments of nostalgia to pick upon for the hard core fan's like myself.

Adding fun to the mix are the Sontarans & the Daleks, all of which are played by the ever excellent Dan Starkey & Nicholas Briggs, Starkey gives each Sontaran there own unique personality & also plays the Sontaran - Strax in the current tv series & has featured as the potato headed brutes in several other Big Finish audios, while Briggs uses the ole ring modulator to sinister ranting effect as the voice of the Daleks who for the first time team up with the Sontarans which works well as somehow this intergalactic duo become a menacing, dangerous & very entertaining double act.

The only downside to this release is it's another Subscribers Special release which is available when you take out a Big Finish subscription which makes this CD a very difficult to purchase on Amazon unless sold by a private seller who may charge a high retail asking price.

Overall, 'The Five Companions' is a excellent 70 minute Doctor Who audio adventure that features great performances by the cast as each actor repises there role with passion & enthusiasm, Robsons script is brimming with great moments of nostalgia combined with some tense & terrifying moments & delivers a Fifth Doctor adventure of pure joy that's well worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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The Four Doctors (Big Finish) Doctor Wo
The Four Doctors (Big Finish) Doctor Wo
by Peter Anghelides
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Four Doctors But Little Point!, 27 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: The Four Doctors (Audio).
Doctors: Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor
Main enemy: The Daleks
Main setting: The Vault of Stellar Curios, London, 1854, Pejorica, Sovavevanti
Publisher: Big Finish
Writer: Peter Anghelides
Release number: IX
1xCD
Running Time: 70 Minutes

CD Extras.
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison
The Doctor - Colin Baker
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Professor Kalinda / Lady Cowen - Ellie Burrow
Colonel Ulrik / Whitmore - David Bamber
Professor Michael Faraday / Magran - Nigel Lambert
Roboman / Jariden device - Alex Mallinson
Voice of the Daleks - Nicholas Briggs

Trivia.
1)This is a special release given away to Big Finish subscribers who had (AUDIO: The Demons of Red Lodge & Other Stories) as part of their subscription.
2)This is the first performed multi-Doctor story to feature the Daleks, excluding their brief appearance in (TV: The Five Doctors).
3)Along with (AUDIO: Zagreus and AUDIO: The Light at the End), this is one of only three Big Finish audio dramas in which Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy & Paul McGann all appear, Tom Baker appeared with them in The Light at the End while, Peter Davison, Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy all appeared in (AUDIO: The Sirens of Time), Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy also appear in (AUDIO: Project: Lazarus), (AUDIO: The Wormery) & (AUDIO: Thicker than Water) together while both Sylvester McCoy & Paul McGann appear in (AUDIO: Klein's Story) although not in any scenes together.

What's Up Doc?
The fifth incarnation of the Doctor has been allowed access to the Vault of Stellar Curios, where the biomechanoid Jariden are at least prepared to consider his warnings about dangerous temporal leakage.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, the Daleks attack, unleashing a temporal maelstrom that will not only threaten the Jariden race, but will have dire consequences for the history of the Doctor himself.

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Four Doctors is something of a mixed bag & not by know means classic Big Finish as this Special Subscribers release written by Peter Anghelides feels rushed, the plot sees Doctors Five-Eight battle there deadliest enemys the Daleks once again but the end result doesn't give away a satisfying pay off which is a pity as theres some great moments to be enjoyed here.

The performances are all equally entertaining & each Doctor barring the Seventh who is vastly underused here are given there 15 minutes in the spotlight especially the Sixth Doctor but the downside is the adventure just lacks any dramatic impact & I never felt that sense of danger that Dalek storys usually do so well, the conclusion is nothing special either & is quickly resolved to include a tagged on final scene were the Doctors all meet each other for the briefest of moments but ends up going nowhere & is just more filler.

Nicholas Briggs is as menacing as ever as the voice of the Daleks but the script could've done with polishing or better still been made into a four parter that would've allowed the story to be fleshed out more which may have added a bit more dramatic tension & suspense & interaction with the Doctors.

'The Four Doctors' is also a Subscribers Special release which is available when you subscribe to a Big Finish subscription which makes this CD a very difficult to purchase on Amazon unless sold by a private seller who may charge a high retail asking price.

Big Finish are generally opposed to doing multi-Doctor stories so I was excited to hear this audio adventure but sadly despite a few amusing Doctor moments 'The Four Doctors' is quite & missed opportunity to have done something quite special.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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Doctor Who: Witch Hunters: The History Collection
Doctor Who: Witch Hunters: The History Collection
by Steve Lyons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Salem Witch Trials Await The Doctor & Co, 25 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: Witch Hunters (The History Collection).

Product Info.
288 Pages, Paperback
Author: Steve Lyons

What's Up Doc?
With the Doctor wanting to repair the TARDIS in peace & quiet, Barbara, Ian & Susan decide to get some experience of living in the nearby village of Salem. But the Doctor knows about the horrors destined to engulf the village & determines that they should leave.

His friends are not impressed. His granddaughter Susan has her own ideas & is desperate to return, whatever the cost. But perhaps the Doctor was right. Perhaps Susan's actions will lead them all into terrible danger & cause the tragedy that is already unfolding to escalate out of control.

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Witch Hunters' is reissued from it's original 1998 release as part of this latest range of historical novels & a powerfully written historical novel by writer Steve Lyons that is quite a dark toned story for the First Doctor & his companions.

Lyons story features some terrifying moments that tests the metal of this TARDIS crews fight for survival pushing them to there limits as their arrival in Salem Village, Massachusetts, 1692 sees Susan become friendly with the young girls of Salem village & succumbs to the girls religious attitudes of witch craft & in turn puts the lives of her grandfather, Ian & Barbara in jeopardy.

This novel deals with themes of paranoia, irrationality fear & hate of how people brutally acted during the Salem Witch Trials & like the tv story 'The Aztecs' the Tardis crew soon begin to have differing opinions to deal with there lastest dilemma with some finding the temptation to change history the only option, something which the Doctor once again expressly forbids.

Author Steve Lyons grasps the characterization of the First Doctor, Susan, Ian & Barbara to perfection writing dialogue true to their characters & has created believable supporting characters along with a historical accurate & dramatic setting & who doesn't dumb down on the novels harsh subject matter & in turn has written a tense, exciting & at times shocking adventure that had me gripped from beginning to end as Lyons captures the true spirit of the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who & the end results reflects the storys quality in this novel which I would highly recommend to Doctor Who fan's.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who: Human Nature: The History Collection
Doctor Who: Human Nature: The History Collection
by Paul Cornell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Is John Smith?, 25 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: Human Nature (The History Collection).

Product Info.
288 Pages, Paperback
Author: Paul Cornell

What's Up Doc?
Hulton College in Norfolk is a school dedicated to producing military officers. With the First World War about to start, the boys of the school will soon be on the front line. But no one expects a war - not even Dr John Smith, the college's new house master...

The Doctor's friend Benny is enjoying her holiday in the same town. But then she meets a future version of the Doctor & things start to get dangerous very quickly. With the Doctor she knows gone, & only a suffragette & an elderly rake for company, can Benny fight off a vicious alien attack? & will Dr Smith want to or be able to save the day?

Timelord Thoughts.
This novel was the basis for the Tenth Doctor television story Human Nature / The Family of Blood starring David Tennant who gave a truly magnificent performance on Tv which was so emotional & believable it makes it difficult to imagine that originally this was written for the cunning manipulative darker Seventh Doctor in the role as human House master John Smith

'Human Nature' is a magnificent Doctor Who novel by Paul Cornell that is a strong story about morality, love, war & what it is to be human as the usual scheming, cunning & manipulative Seventh Doctor becomes human for absurd reasons & with a impending alien attack imminent it's up to his companion Professor Summerfield a companion who is written so well in this novel & not a companion love interest for the Doctor to return the Doctor as only he can save the day from The Aubertides alien attacks.

Cornells novel does feature plenty of action & science fiction but the story's main focus is a love story between the Seventh Doctor in his guise as the human Dr. John Smith & nurse Joan Redfern & makes there relationship completely believable & heartfelt that builds up to a tense & emotional conclusion as John Smith wrestles with his inner conflicted emotions to give up being human & become someone he doesn't even know.

The novel's only flaws are the Doctor reasoning to become human to simply to understand humans better is quite weak & a lot of effort for little reward & this part of the story was adapted better on Tv with a solid reason for the Tenth Doctors decision to give up being a Timelord, while the Aubertide (renamed as The Family of Blood on the tv episodes version) shape shifters are quite weak villains who are poorly characterized & lack any sense of genuine menace.

Whether you prefer the darker novelization or the superb Tenth Doctor tv two-parter 'Human Nature' is a unique Doctor Who novel that effortlessly captures the atmosphere & looming sense of doom for the young boys of Hulton College for the imminent bloodshed of World War 1 & allows Cornell to pull at the readers heartstrings & deliver a morality tale of sacrifice to lose all that you love to save the world, never has Doctor Who been written so emotional & dramatic & is a must read novel for any fan.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who: The Roundheads: The History Collection (Doctor Who - the History Collection)
Doctor Who: The Roundheads: The History Collection (Doctor Who - the History Collection)
by Mark Gatiss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Shenanigans Awaits The Second Doctor !, 24 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: The Roundheads (The History Collection).

Product Info.
320 Pages, Paperback
Author Mark Gatiss

What's Up Doc?
With the Civil War won, the Parliamentarians are struggling to hang on to power. But plans are being made to rescue the defeated King Charles from his prison…

With Ben press-ganged & put on board a mysterious ship bound for Amsterdam, Polly becomes an unwitting accomplice in the plot to rescue the King, The Doctor can’t help because he & Jamie have been arrested & are sent to the Tower of London, charged with conspiracy.

Can the Doctor & Jamie escape, find Ben & rescue Polly – while making sure that history remains on its proper course?

Timelord Thoughts.
Mark Gatiss proves his versatility as a writer as he's currently written for most if not all incarnations of the Doctor & here its the Second Doctor's turn to get in on the Gatiss bandwagon who along with companions Jamie, Polly & Ben the time travellers soon become unwittingly entangled in a historical adventure that features swordfights on sailing ships, a touch of romance & dailies with Cavaliers, Roundheads & female pirates.

The story features some great character moments for all the regulars as they are spilt up, Polly gets embroiled with the Cavaliers, Ben Jackson with sailors & the Doctor & Jamie encounter the Roundheads, the pace of the story flows quite fluently as there's no aliens, ancient mythical powers or Daleks here it's all pure historical, the novel also works on many different levels as the Doctor & his companions unintentionally alter the course of history & try desperately to put it right again, even if it means siding with forces that are not necessarily good.

A few criticisms in that the Doctor seems to have very little to do throughout this story & feels more of a supporting character instead of taking centre stage in key moments, Pollys possible romance with Whyte doesn't go anywhere & feels padded out while the subplot involving pirates adds to many characters into the mix & overcrowds the story a little as I lost track of who was who?

Overall, 'The Roundheads' gets more right than it does wrong & is a solid enjoyable Second Doctor novel that's worthy of a read & showcases writer Mark Gatiss exceptional talent as a Doctor Who writer as he continues to write excellent stories for both the classic & the new series.

A highly recommended Second Doctor novel, that will be available as a audiobook adaptation on the 16th April read by Anneke Wills.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who: Dead of Winter: The History Collection
Doctor Who: Dead of Winter: The History Collection
by James Goss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful First Person Who Novelization, 24 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: Dead of Winter: (The History Collection).
Product Info.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: BBC Books
Author: James Goss

What's Up Doc?
In Dr Bloom's clinic at a remote spot on the Italian coast, at the end of the 18th century, nothing is ever quite what it seems. Maria is a lonely little girl with no one to play with. She writes letters to her mother from the isolated resort where she is staying.

In the letter she tells of the pale English aristocrats & the mysterious Russian nobles, She tells of intrigues & secrets, & strange faceless figures that rise up from the sea, & she tells about the enigmatic Mrs Pond, who arrives with her husband & her trusted physician known as The Doctor.

What the girl doesn't tell her mother is the truth that everyone at the clinic knows & no one says – that the only people who come here do so to die.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a wonderful written Eleventh Doctor adventure by writer James Goss who writes a historical dark fairytale type story here & does a excellent job of capturing the quirky characteristics of the Eleventh Doctor & companions the feisty Amy Pond & her husband the good humoured Rory Williams with great depth.

The story is told in first person & is the perfect set up for this particular story as each chapter is from Amy, Rory, Maria, Mr. Nevil or Dr. Bloom's journals point of view as the story contains quite a few surprises & features a poignant ending as for once The Doctor reflects on the damage he caused despite saving the day & the consequences of his actions as writer James Goss paces his novel well keeping the reader hooked to the storyline, the historical setting is a great backdrop for this adventure & is quite scary in places but isn't to dark or disturbing to deter Doctor Who's younger readers.

Overall, 'Dead of Winter' is a novel written in a non linear style of storytelling, instead we see the adventure unfold through the eye's of the characters which makes for a unusual reading experience but a enjoyable one nevertheless.

Also available in CD Audiobook & Download format.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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