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Who for da Kidz
on 8 October 2007
The Doctor and Rose have just landed on a planet that has such a strong magnetic pulse that traditional technology does not work. Unfortunately, for our dynamic duo, this means that the TARDIS has locked them out! They must find a way off the planet and an opportunity arises when a rich local man hires them to search local space for a casket that is reportedly able to bring the dead back to life. With a steamship manned by a crew of Robots the Doctor must not only discover the casket, but also unravel the age old myths surrounding one of the most famous space pirates that ever lived (and died, and lived again?).
Combining space and pirates is a great idea for a Dr Who book and Justin Richards is able to do so by creating a planet that powers future technologies using steam power. Some of the ideas in this books are fantastic, especially the robots that move using steam. Unfortunately, it's the overly fantastic ideas and slight reliance on pirate clichés that makes this book feel very much a juvenile novel. If you take into account that the book is written for younger Who fans you can forgive some of the poorer writing and obvious flaws in the technology. However, if you are an older fan of the Doctor and you are well versed in science fiction this novel may be too basic for your tastes.