Top positive review
on 1 May 2013
Seeing I is the 4th and final part of the "Sam Is Missing" arc and thankfully is a lot better than the rest of the arc and is one of the best EDA's to date.
Seeing I starts with Sam looking for shelter and a job after being sent to sent to Ha'olam after the events of Dreamstone Moon. She soon gets a job with INC and starts to live her life without The Doctor. The Doctor continues to look for her, and finds her name in INC's records but it soon becomes clear that there is more to INC than meets the eye. However before he has a chance to find out, he is captured and put in a prison even he cannot escape from.
Jon & Kate got the 8th Doctor down perfectly in Vampire Science and that trend continues in Seeing I. The Doctor is both charming and a bit bumbling at the same time, and you know it's McGann. The novel has him locked up for the vast majority of it, but the authors keep us with him the whole time. As the Doctor struggles to escape his sanity takes a bashing and it's down to Sam to rescue him and restore his mindset.
We also catch up with Sam and you soon realize that previous authors have really struggled to write for her. Jon & Kate do the seemingly impossible and make her interesting, and someone you actually care about right off the bat. Throughout Seeing I, Sam matures greatly and even has a stab at normal life. It helps of course that the novel encompasses a 3 year period, but right from word go the authors have you on Sam's side.
When Sam does finally rescue the Doctor, it really is a truly brilliant moment and fairly emotional. It's good to see them back together and back on form, but that could be because Jon & Kate write well for both characters. Let's hope this partnership is as good carrying forward.
Seeing I is odd in that there are very few supporting cast. It is written as a Doctor & Sam story, with alternating chapters catching up with the other party until they meet. There are other characters around, but they are all mostly just background noise, it's just the leads doing what they do best, and with Jon & Kate at the helm, they do it well.
The enemy is kept well hidden until the end of the book.At the start of Seeing I we are introduced to INC which is a faceless corporation which has fairly unethical practices. Of course Sam instantly campaigns against them and the Doctor finds out that INC are using Time Lord technology so he is fighting against them too. Once the Doctor and Sam reunite, then it soon becomes clear that the technology was planted by a collective known as the I, in order to harvest data and they've come to get it back. I didn't enjoy this third of the book as much as the first two, put it serves to show exactly what the Doctor and Sam do bring to the table, and that they do need each other.
Seeing I ties up the "Sam is Missing" arc nicely. Whilst it breaks no new ground in the same way that Alien Bodies did, it does advance time by 3 years, and serves to refresh the series, and Sam in particular, before the start of year two. It does help to have read Longest Day and Dreamstone Moon first which most casual fans will want to skip, but no one will want to miss out on Seeing I as it really is a very good story with great characterization.