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on 18 October 2002
With its striking pink colour, intriguing premise and "100th BBC Doctor Who Novel" banner, this is a book that will undoubtedly draw new readers to the line. Poor devils.
There's about a million interesting things that could be said about a world of intelligent dogs, and this book says none of them. What's their soceity like? Do they have humans on their world, and if so what is their status? Why do they watch so much human TV? This book covers none of this. There's a particularly glaring scene where the Doctor, Fitz and Anji are stripped naked, fitted with collars and leashes and made to act as pets to the Poodle Princess, and the book somehow manages not to make a single comment about how they feel about this. Generally, Paul Magrs wastes all the potential of the concept on a forumulaic, by-the-numbers plot.
It's not even well-written. There's a cringeworthy moment where Magrs wants to introduce Noel Coward, but apparently couldn't come up with an appropriate witicism for the great man. Later he wants us all to know that the Doctor has become impatient, so he has Coward say "You're becoming impatient, Doctor" (ironically, this is one of the few occaisions when the writing was actually succeeding, as the Doctor is pretty clearly impatient throughout and the reader didn't need Coward hand-holding him through to that conclusion).
Oh, and the plot doesn't make sense either.
I guess there _are_ worse books out there, but you'd have to hunt pretty hard to find them.