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'King of Terror'? 'King of Pointlessness', more like!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Doctor Who: King of Terror (Mass Market Paperback)
Oh, this is simply woeful! I won't bore anyone with details, but this is a dreadful 'Doctor Who' novel.
Keith Topping's writing is fine, so it's not his prose that's at fault here. It's the simple fact that the series regulars (Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough) are surplus to requirements throughout the novel.
Turlough gets kidnapped early on and spends his time out of the action, while Tegan wanders around not doing much other than being slapped in the face by a UNIT soldier and constantly moaning that he's a git - shortly before kissing him?!?
The character who comes out worst in this novel though is the Doctor himself. Consistantly regarded as a weak, ineffectual Doctor on TV, the Fifth incarnation does absolutely *nothing* in this book. *Nothing*.
Until we get to the very end, where the Doctor, in a sudden burst of inspiration, says 'Oh, let's do this to defeat the alien menace!'. Needless to say (and without spoiling the book too much for anyone who hasn't read it), the aliens don't stand a chance against the Doctor's genius.
If only he'd struck upon his cunning plan in Chapter 1 - I might have been spared the rest of the novel...
I enjoyed 'Devil Goblins from Neptune', but this one just didn't work for me. Better luck next time, Keith - I'm already looking forward to 'Byzantium!' despite my adverse reaction to this one.