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Scales of Injustice
on 11 September 2016
This Doctor Who novel features the Silurians in another appearance in the time of the Third Doctor, as portrayed by Jon Pertwee on the small screen. The novel is set at the time about a year after his reincarnation from the Second Doctor, and he is working at UNIT headquarters with Liz Shaw.
There’s a lot going on in this book, and it takes concentrated reading to make sense of all the people (some of whom remain nameless throughout, which doesn’t make it any easier to keep track of them), places and happenings in what is a fairly busy book. There’s a lot of continuity from the tv series, and the UNIT soldiers are often recognisable names. There are also references to other stories that crop up throughout. That’s good, as it gives a sense of ‘reality’ to the story within the Third Doctor timeframe.
Above and beyond the Silurian storyline, there is a lot of other action to be read about as well – the political manouevrings of the Government ministers and the bureaucrats in charge of UNIT and C19, as well as the private life of the Brigadier, and of Liz Shaw, which is a nice touch, as we don’t often get to see that. And it does all add to the story; the Doctor is able to get a head start on the Brigadier, and Liz is sidetracked from keeping an eye on the Doctor’s doings because of their own concerns. The UNIT side of things is nicely done, and the characterisations of Benton and Mike Yates in particularly are really reminiscent of the tv series. Overall, a really good story which incorporates a lot of elements. I think this book needs to be read more than once to really get the nuances of it all, which is not a bad thing.