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3.0 out of 5 stars
3.0 out of 5 stars

on 20 April 2002
Trading Futures is another novel featuring the Eighth Doctor. Set in a near (but easily recognisable) future, it is a pastiche of James Bond incorporating some wry comments about the world we live in today.
This world is seen mostly through the eyes of Anji Kapoor, the Doctor's female companion. With a background in finance (referred to very heavily in past novels) she is the obvious conduit for the author's message.
It is unfortunate that she is a dull, lifeless figure, unrecognisable as a human being. It is a cause of some wonder to this reader that the Doctor has not ejected her into space long before now.
The Time Lord himself is well portrayed here - frequently centre stage and in the thick of events, proof that a playful eccentric can function in an ever maddening world.
Trading Futures features a wide range of locations and the action scenes and supporting characters are recognisiable archetypes sketched in with skill. The relative brevity of the text is also refreshing.
It is unfortunate that the Doctor's other companion Fitz is sidelined into an unintersting sub-plot. He has been the shining light of the novels for three years now and the lack of interest some authors have for him is heart-breaking.
This is a delightful confection for the most part.
In a run of recent very good novels including Palace of the Red Sun and Amorality Tale, this may seem a trivial work, but it brought this reader several hours of delight.
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on 28 December 2008
Clearly designed to be Doctor Who meets James Bond and it's certainly that, skillfully combining elements of the two. It all works wonderfully well and Lance Parkin, who usually writes engaging and entertaining Who, comes up with a fast moving plot, good versions of the regular characters, and just keeps throwing in delightful little twists and turns throughout. The novel starts with a bang and never lets up.

Sometimes maybe Mr Parkin is having too much fun for his own good and there is a slight silliness that more serious-minded readers may object to but if you enjoy both James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s and the Eighth Doctor's regular novel-length adventures then this acts as the perfect cocktail of the two. You'll almost certainly be shaken and stirred.

BTW, it's not essential but if you read Parkin's earlier (and also brilliant) 'Father Time' before reading this then I think you'll get even more out of the experience.
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on 15 July 2012
Published in the period when there was no Doctor Who on the tellybox, and featuring the Eighth Doctor as played by Paul McGann, this near-future mash-up of Bond-style shenanigans and Who is... well, fine. Nothing special. A reasonable runaround.There's an interesting political backdrop, with the USA and Eurozone the superpowers of the day, and some reasonable intrigue about a time machine for sale that may not be all it's cracked up to be, and it all passes the time in good humour. On the down side, there's little in the way of real jeopardy for the characters, and while it makes an admirable attempt to blend some Bond nonsense into the usual formula, it doesn't quite suit the Doctor, to be honest. Of the Parkin novels I've read, this is probably the weakest.
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on 11 November 2008
I really enjoyed this book, I found it very easy to read which given the amount of charaters (some of whom assume each others identities) and the amount of different locations the story is set is by no means a small achievment.

If your an EDA fan there is a continuation (all be it a small one) to previous novels so definatly give it a go.
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on 17 August 2016
A fun,lightweight, stand alone adventure for the Doctor. The premise is interesting and the story cracks along at a good pace. It never lags, but neither is it truly great.
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on 3 May 2002
I'm only a lukewarm fan of the Eighth Doctor books but Lance Parkin is one of my favourite authors.
Unfortunately this book was not written by Lance, but by a mixed bunch of fans who each wrote a chapter and passed it on. That's the only way I can explain the ridiculous plot and the wildly variable writing.
Basically, all the main characters are caricatures of themselves, every scene is a cliche (from a James Bond film), every time the action slows a man walks through a door with a gun, and there is a really embarrassingly pathetic and "fannish" joke.
Okay, I did enjoy some of this book. But Lance Parkin can write so much better than this. This was a disappointment.
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