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The Eight Doctors by Terrance Dicks
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Newly-regenerated and traveling through the universe in his TARDIS, the eighth Doctor is suddenly hit by a mind-shattering blast of malignant psychic energy, a final booby-trap left by the Master.



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Even by my remarkably low standards for TV spin-off books this was pretty bad. Pretty much just a rehashing of earlier episodes as the Eighth Doctor meets each of his previous selves to regain his memory. Not a very intriguing plot to begin with but even the writing was stilted and hokey. ( )
  parasolofdoom | Jan 24, 2015 |
It's as terrible as all the reviews say it is. ( )
1 vote cyafer | Mar 30, 2013 |
A really basic story, twenty unnecessary pages at the start establishing a companion, who is then ignored till the last five pages. Horrible way to establish a character. The plot is reasonably non-existent, serving mostly to keep the reasonably dreary concept going through a novel. Which is a shame. ( )
1 vote apachama | May 29, 2011 |
The first Who novel I've read for years. This is Dr Who by numbers and aimed squarely at lifelong fans, so I found it compulsively readable and Dicks can always be relied on to write a decent story. I was moved to read this after watching the DVD of State of Decay, where the production notes mentioned that this book was set partly on the same planet. A minor quibble: this book involves a new locale and set of characters on the planet, whereas State of Decay had made clear that there was no other inhabited part of the planet. 5/5 for nostalgia's sake. ( )
1 vote john257hopper | Feb 6, 2009 |
What were BBC Books thinking getting Terrence Dicks to write the first in a new series of Eighth Doctor novels?
This is a seriously continuity heavy (and for its own sake) novel, Dicks takes the opportunity to go back through key scenes, adventures and points in the history of Doctor Who and takes pains to point it out and make continuity references.

It even double references his own work such as State of Decay (a TV series story) and Blood Harvest (a Virgin New Adventure novel), but having referenced both these in this novel he contradicts things he himself set up in Blood Harvest.

He cuts huge swathes though the 6th Doctor's trial scenes which couldn't possibly be there, and in this novel they're there for no real reason, aside from patting himself on the back for the large amount of continuity references.

He also creates Sam Jones, but does such a one dimensional job on filling in her character that she might as well not exist except as a thinly veiled vehicle to introduce a 'modern setting' into the first and last chapters.

There are two much better 'first' Eighth Doctor novels; The Dying Days by Lance Parkin and Vampire Science by Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum. ( )
2 vote tangerinealert | Jan 15, 2008 |
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