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on 2 March 2011
As a lover of Doctor Who and a life long resident of Worcester I was looking forward to this, the first DW book I'd ever read, and to start with things looked good. The tenth Doctor is captured here perfectly, his mannerisms, his cheeky asides that go right over everybody's head, his cock sure attitude it's him alright. And his two 1-day only companions are well fleshed out, the battle fatigued local Captain Darke and the hidden agenda off-worlder Emily. After that it's a bit dissappointing there is a surfeit of villians, first the alien businessman/arms dealer Henk, the Krillitane Toeclaw, the Esteemed Father(another krillitane) and the Krillitane Storm itself. There is no central threat, which calls for a lot of running around and capture/re-capture cycles (popular in the seventies). The Doctor even laments that the fact he keeps getting tied up!
And once I got over the thrill of seeing local place names in the Who-niverse the setting became somewhat superflous, it could of been any medieval cathedral city or rather any pre-gunpowder cathedral city since the medieval aspect was thinly sketched. Nor was there a cleary defined geography, I live here and couldn't figure where some things were happening. One short paragraph describing the lay of the land, the smells, the bustle the people, giving a real sense of place and time. Important things in a time travel story. Instead it read like a 'Build you own adventure story' "The Doctor arrived in [Worcester] and met [Emily] who helped him fight the Krillitane" The chance to create effective and exciting drama in unique colourful and expansive locations is hampered on TV by the cost, here it's been wasted.