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New story arc still not good Doctor Who
on 30 September 2000
"Casualties of War" is the second in a new Doctor Who story arc. It isn't a bad book, but unfortunately it isn't a great one either.
From my perspective, this book reads like a re-run of "The Burning" - which is unfortunate, since it folows on from that book. The Doctor turns up in a small English village, notionally without his memory and with his TARDIS unavailable as it is healing. A mysterious force from the beginnings of time is threatening the village and, after numerous casualties, the Doctor and some temporarily acquired friends triumph.
Unfortunately, for the second of so far two books in this story arc, I really had no impression that the Doctor is without his memory. His actions are so normal that this is unnoticeable. As in "The Burning", a variety of interesting characters are introduced solely for the purpose of killing them off. Once upon a time, death wasn't something that happened in every one of the Doctor's adventures. It would be nice if this happened again, even just once!
However, this is all a little too harsh. Steve Emmerson in what I believe is his first book shows that he certainly has the ability to write a readable book. Had it not been preceded by "The Burning", "Casualties of War" might have been a more enjoyable experience for me. So Steve, please write another!
[Review originally posted on Amazon's US site.]