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on 26 June 2004
Being a big fan of Doctor Who I was pleased to recieve this book ak a gift.The sixth in the Short Trips series Past Tense is an anthology of seventeen short stories all written by different authors, but with the conecting theme that they are all set in the past.All eight passt incarnations of the doctor are included as are their relevant assistants.this book is good for fans of the old Doctor Who tv series But also has much to offer those readers who missed those series but want to get an idea of what the Dotcor was all about before the new series arrives .In my opinion all the stories are good but the last story in the book "The time I nearly destroyed the universe whilst looking for a dress" deserves a special mention as it cleverly links up with some of the other stories creating a sense of realism.A really good read which can be re read many times.
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VINE VOICEon 7 June 2005
The historical is the theme of Big Finish's 6th Doctor Who short story anthology, and unfortunately it turns out to be one of the least impressive collections thus far produced.
There are only 2 standout great stories, a missing 1st Doctor meets Robin Hood story is inventively presented by means of various fan articles in The Thief of Sherwood, and the nature of nostalgia is examined in the charming Bide-A-Wee.
Reasonably enjoyable but unspectacular stories feature: the 5th Doctor encountering warring tribes in The Immortals; the 4th Doctor present at Marlow's death in All Done With Mirrors; the 7th Doctor getting involved in pre-Great War espionage in Ante Bellum; the 3rd Doctor witnessing the birth of CND in Come Friendly Bombs...;The 6th Doctor meeting Elizabethan astrology John Dee in Mortlake; the 5th Doctor attempting to ensure that the annexation of Pretoria runs according to the history books in White Man's Burden; and the 6th Doctor travelling through time stealing all the pies in The Man Who Wouldn't Give Up.
The huge number of poor stories comprise: a boring rewrite of ET featuring the 8th Doctor in Far From Home; the Doctor has a couple of nightmares (yawn)in the confused CHAOS; the 5th Doctor at an unamusing comedy cricket match in Graham Dilley Saves the World; a true life story of shipwrecks with the 7th Doctor crudely crowbarred into the narrative in the unconvincing Of the Mermaid and Jupiter; the 2nd Doctor gets involved a pointless bit of time travel fluff in One Small Step; the 4th Doctor raids the dressing up box in To Kill a Nandi Bear; Jim'll Fix It for the 6th Doctor in Fixing a Hole; and the 2nd Doctor has to stop Polly destroying time in That Time I Nearly Destroyed The World Whilst Looking For A Dress.
A few good stories, but too many that are either boring retreads of the 'interference in the Web of Time' formulas, and a few that don't seem to have anything to do with history at all. Avoid.
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