Virgins last Doctor Who novel (hence the high price) is also their only adventure to feature the 8th Doctor. Parkin gets a good handle on the character as performed by McGann in the US TV Movie, but the story is a very generic 'aliens invade Earth' romp. A few exciting scenes make this a reasonably enjoyable book, but its ultimately a big-budget Hollywood version of Doctor Who - short on brains, big on explosive action set-pieces. Pleasant, but a little underwhelming for a finale to a 61 book series.
The last new doctor who novel published by virgin before the BBC took over and restarted the range, this was the only one they did which featured the eighth doctor. And it's still, after all his appearances in subsequent novels, possibly the best portrayal of him on the printed page ever.
This book also strongly features bernice summerfield, long term companion from the virgin range, and that is simultaneously a strength and weakness. The former because it gives us a very effective introduction to the new doctor by showing him through the eyes of someone who knew the previous one so well, and the latter because the need to establish her as a lead character in her own right for her own series of books means the doctor vanishes from the story for far too long at a critical point.
The plot is an effective tale of the ice warriors invading modern day britain, and doesn't hold too many surprises. But the book is a decent read, especially as an introduction to a new prose doctor. Although be aware that the following bbc range of eighth doctor novels doesn't tie into this at all
This is the 'Doctor Who' novel that links the Eighth Doctor, (from the 1996 TV movie), with his predecessors in the TARDIS, featuring sometime companion of the Seventh Doctor - galactic archaeologist Bernice 'Benny' Summerfield, as well as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (formerly of UNIT), and Brigadier Winifred Bambera, another UNIT stalwart who featured in the 1989 TV serial Battlefield. To be honest I found the story rather dull - classic 'monsters' the sinister Ice Warriors (surely overdue a return to our screens), were presented as fairly mundane, and the various duplicitous politicians could have dropped out of any early 70s Pertwee serial, and were instantly forgettable. The best thing about this was the involvement of Benny, and with a continuation of her adventures being described in the next Virgin release Oh No it isn't! (New Adventures) it is to be hoped that she will be around for a long while yet.