Aliens in Athens,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Slitheen Excursion (Hardcover)
An original Doctor Who novel, presenting an all new story not depicted before in any other format.
It features the Tenth Doctor, travelling on his own without a permanent companion.
It runs for for two hundred and thirty seven pages. It's divided into twenty four chapters plus a prologue.
The Doctor is perfectly characterised and you can easily imagine David Tennant saying all the dialogue.
It's also perfectly suitable for readers of all ages.
The story sees a British girl called June encounter the Doctor whilst she's on holiday in Athens. Whilst he's encountered his old enemies the Slitheen, who are attempting to blow up an ancient monument. June and the Doctor are forced to travel back into the distant past to investigate what the aliens are up to. Which turns out to be running tours for aliens. But people are getting hurt as a result. As is the web of time. Can June and the Doctor put things to rights?
This has an excellent first third. The settings do come vividly to life. June is a fairly ordinary person. But that also makes her quite a strong character, so she's a good foil for the Doctor. And since a lot of the action is seen through her eyes that makes it for an interestinly differet look at the Doctor.
It does though sag somewhat in the middle with little action, lots of characters with made up names, and there's so much going on that that it simply doesn't grab as much as it did earlier.
Everything does come together well enough in the final third, though. Allowing for a few nice suprises at the end and a decent finale.
If the middle section of the book was as strong as what comes before and after this would rate four stars. But whilst it's not the best in the range it is still a slightly above average entry, and worth a look.