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The Doctor's Darkness,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Matrix (Mass Market Paperback)
A truly chilling read, capturing the darkest aspects of human nature and forcing the Doctor to come face-to-face with his own inner monsters.
As the novel begins with the Doctor reflecting on his own eventual isolation and loneliness, a theme of solitude is swiftly established, this idea only becoming further elaborated as the Doctor and Ace's attempts to find their mysterious new foe leaving them cut off from each other and even themselves, the Doctor left with no memory of his true identity and Ace trapped in a world she can barely understand as an evil transformation plagues her.
While the presence of the 'Wandering Jew' seems somewhat superfluous- the mystery of his immortality is never even given the HINT of an explanation, and in the end his role could have been easily filled by a benevolent bystander-, the dark world that Perry and Tucker create- both in the alternate 1963 and the true 1888- are truly chilling to read about, and the final dramatic confrontation between the Doctor and his foe perfectly reflects everything about this enemy that makes him one of my personal favourite villains, forcing the Doctor to face his own evil even as he denies it.
Raising complex questions about the nature of evil and presenting us with a chilling look at how even the noblest soul has its own darkness, "Matrix" is a highly commendable novel that is a must-read for ANY true Who fan!