This is a bright beginning for Nick Walters. The TARDIS has landed in Sweden in 1999, near the epicentre of a wormhole which has already invaded the ship, taking Sam with it. But Sam is not the only missing person who has disappeared in mysterious circumstances. The Doctor and Fitz help the Swedish police, who puzzle over the equally strange appearance of alien bodies. Who on Earth has created the wormhole? What has happened to Sam? These are the challenges facing the Doctor. However, with the absence of the TARDIS' telepathic circuits, the Doctor is incomplete, unprepared to face the reappearance of a familiar force... In creating the world of the Dominion, Nick Walters has certainly been creative, as this is one of the most fascinating arenas in any Doctor Who story. Despite such innovative elements, the novel does seem a bit too long, as it forces Walters to rely on a lot of clichés. At times, the plot is quite reminiscent of 'Terminus' and 'Alien', and he could have been a bit more original with the naming of the 'Dominion', and the way characters constantly change their minds is quite irritating. But Walters proves that he does have the scope to create powerful new worlds.
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