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Fantastic stuff. Great fun.
on 18 September 2001
If you liked Paul Magrs' 3rd Doctor novel 'Verdigris', you'll love this.
If you're the sort who can talk about contradictions in Dalek history for seven hours or until someone bludgeons you to death with your own duffel coat, then let's be honest, you probably won't.
Yes, the author takes the startlingly original stance that Reagan and Thatcher's politics might have been a bit, you know, evil. But if you grew up exposed to the (mostly Left wing) 80s/90s British media then you'll probably be surprised at how little he actually touches upon it. He confines it to the narrative rather than place words in the characters mouths, and it really isn't jarring. The ending has been mentioned negatively in several reviews, but I personally believe that if you complain about the ending(s) you've missed the point, just a tad.
Overall, this book shines with love for it's subject matter, even after spending 280 pages subverting and poking fun at 'Dr Who?' it was never cruel, and managed to turn out a Second Doctor passage that in a few sentences was more genuinely touching than many of the 'serious' 'Dr Who?' novels I've read.
And let's be honest. Anyone who can attempt to raise Vince to a canonical character gets my lifelong repect and admiration.