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Very gritty.... what a pity,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Rags (Mass Market Paperback)
Rags is, admittedly, an original piece of Earth-bound Who.
The story follows a quartet of mind inflicting ragamuffins, guised as a stereotypical punk rock band. Their course is plotted along the south of England by wanton slaughter, as they move from venue to venue, playing black concerts to suddenly frenzied spectators.
The Doctor is on the case, but is sadly removed from the majority of the action and UNIT watch the violence impassive, courtesy of the author.
Mick focuses on the issues and anxieties at the dawn of 'punk'. He uses all the necessary scope to compliment the clash of the class systems at the time, drawing on the darker side of human nature. Needless to say the story is terribly gritty and the book turns to horror, rather than science fiction.
Personally I feel the story is exaggeratingly gritty, when concentration on the Ragman character could have improved the plot, rather than a surplus use of swear words, for effect. The ending was obviously rushed and the author shows great disrespect towards the character the late Jon Pertwee created for us all to adore.
The book strays completely from the 'Doctor Who' theme we readers look forward to and sadly leaves disappointment upon closure.