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Poor book, terrible choice for 50th Anniversary.
on 1 July 2013
In the foreword to this book the author herself admits that she is not proud of her writing on this project, and rightfully so. The book is not written particularly well, but it is not terrible, I've read far worse. The prose is readable, but is neither compelling or impressive. The companion characters are not very likable, and the Doctor is not himself. As this book was part of a story arch, this cannot be blamed on the author, although this fact does not improve the experience for the reader in any way. My rating is based on poor story, characters and style.
On a more personal note, to me this edition's worst crime is its failure to stand alone as an independant story. I'm sure this was fine when reading the book as part of the original series, but as a part of the 50th Anniversary series - where it is an isolated story - this makes no sense. The book's start contains references to previous events which are not properly explained and it does not have a satisfyingly complete ending. I cannot imagine why the book was selected for this series, it's totally inappropriate. The idea surely is to provide a representative example of the Eighth Doctor for his character, yet due to his memory loss in this story we are still none-the-wiser at the end. The whole venture feels kind of pointless. At least the cover looks good alongside the rest of the books on the shelf, so I guess that's something.