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The Infinity Doctors
on 12 November 2013
The Infinity Doctors is a Past Doctor Adventure featuring the Doctor. No idea which as Lance Parkin has deliberately left this ambiguous. Fan rumours have set this as a pre-Unearthly Child Hartnell, a novel featuring The Other or a late McGann era book. Parkin himself has apparently alluded to the latter in Father Time, and in his own guide to Doctor Who chronology, setting The Infinity Doctors after The Gallifrey Chronicles.
The story of The Infinity Doctors is primarily a Gallifrey lore one, albeit one which may or may not be happening in current continuity. It focuses on the Doctor, now part of the Council on Gallifrey, playing peacekeeper in a war between the Rutan and the Sontarans whilst an artefact near the very end of time threatens to destroy all life throughout the universe and time itself.
The Infinity Doctors contains a lot of science fact and fiction. We are treated to astronomy, psychics and time travel theory, some of it a little heavy going at times and I did find myself skimming those bits a little. All of it is very well written though, and it's always better to have things explained, rather than just left for us to assume.
Whilst a nice idea the lack of solidity in the time frame just serves to confuse matters and really puts a dampener on things if continuity and Gallifreyan history is your thing. Yes you can view The Infinity Doctors as a big "what if?" but it's nice to have some sort of clarity, especially as Parkin creates a startlingly good representation of Gallifrey and goes on to write the pivotal The Gallifrey Chronicles. A few tweaks to the time frame and a definite McGann Doctor would have made this novel complete. That said if you are able to leave your annoyances with continuity at the door and accept it for what it is, The Infinity Doctors is a very well written piece of work which rewards loyal fans of the series. Casual fans might find it a little much though.