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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 November 2011
An original Doctor Who novel. Like the others in this range it runs for 238 pages [approx] and is suitable for readers of all ages. And manages spot on characterisation of the main characters.

This one is slightly different from the others in the range in that it is not entirely an all new story. It tells the tale of Martha's year. Mentioned at the start of the final episode of the third season of the new show, the Doctor's companion Martha Jones spent a year travelling round the world after the master took over it. Telling tales about the exploits of the Doctor.

The book begins by reprising the opening to that tv episode, showing Martha arriving back in Britain one year after she last saw the Doctor.

In flashback, we then get the story of that year. Told in relatively short chapters. And whenever it gets to the point where she's about to tell a tale of the Doctor, the book gives us the tale as well. Thus there are four short stories telling a hitherto untold adventure for the Doctor and Martha in the middle of all the other chapters.

Whilst capably written and readable, the Martha sections aren't desperately interesting. Because nothing really happens that we don't already know about. She travels the world. Evades the Master's people. And tells people about the Doctor. She is given a foe for the course of this journey who is a mildly interesting character. But who never really amounts to much.

Things do get different in the final quarter when the book reveals what led to an event that was mentioned in the tv episode, but it's nothing that has any major bearing on the plot.

Simply the trouble with this is that we know how the story ends, and yet there's not really much extra detail in the meantime.

Of the four short adventures for the Doctor And Martha, the first two are quite good. And the second two are very good. But not enough to be worth the price of the book all by themselves.

There's nothing wrong with this book at all. It's just not the most essential entry in the range.
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