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You have all the time in the world
on 9 July 2011
An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new Doctor Who story that hasn't appeared in any other medium.
It runs for two hundred and fifty five pages, and is divided into twenty chapters plus a prologue and an epilogue.
It features the Eleventh Doctor plus Amy and Rory.
The three main characters are perfectly written with dialogue that you can well imagine their tv versions saying.
And the book is suitable for readers of all ages.
The prologue is rather vague. But deliberately so. But after that the prose becomes exceptionally readable. As we're introduced to Andrew Brown. An employee in a bank who is rather drifting through life and to whom work has become everything. We meet him as he has a bad day which leads to him failing dismally at an important presentation.
His luck seems to change when he meets two strange men who can give him all the time he needs. Literally. He will have to pay some back but the interest rate is very reasonable.
Then along come the TARDIS crew, after a mishap on a holiday leads to the Doctor wanting to teach Amy and Rory about a financial crisis. Visiting the bank where Andrew works, they quickly discover strange things going on there. And when someone close to the Doctor makes a deal they come to regret, it's a race against time. Literally.
There's a lot to delight in this one. Very readable prose makes the story fly by. The supporting cast are all well drawn with very believable motivations. There are some delightful throwaway lines and ideas which really add to depth to the tale and the setting. It will teach you a few things about how high finance works. And interest rates.
It does offer a few good plot surprises and twists and turns.
And one rather pleasing continuity reference.
Plus the way things are resolved is rather neat.
Since it deals with time and time travel it's a complex narrative so you do need to keep your wits about you, but you will be rewarded if you do.
And at heart it's about a very real human desire. The desire for all the time you could ever need. It does raise some moral food for thought on that, and lets the reader draw their own conclusions. Also about certain practises of the financial sector as well.
A throughly entertaining read and a well above average entry in this range.