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I very much enjoyed Peel's novelisations of black-and-white era Dalek stories, where he managed to inject a bit more sense and continuity than was to be found in the originals; here he writes a fun Eighth Doctor story which is very much in the tradition of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors' televised encounters with the spawn of Skaro, including lots of thrilling elements such as Thal commandos, Davros on trial and yet leading a faction in a Dalek civil war, and the twisted and complex plans of the anti-Davros leader (here dubbed the Dalek Prime). There is even a pleasing nod to The Power of the Daleks towards the end. Sam is now going all gooey-eyed at the Doctor, a foreshadowing of things to come (and I wonder how they will keep that up in future books).

I have already read the next Eighth Doctor book (Alien Bodies by Lawrence Miles) so will skip on to Kursaal by Peter Anghelides.


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Mar. 4th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
I've still not read the two Peel 8th Doctor/Dalek stories (I picked them up out of sequence - I'll get back to them!)

My problem with the 8th Doctor/Sam books is that I always found Sam a rather difficult character to like; in particular she seems to be portrayed as the stereotyped bullying environmentalist. Actually I think they BBC range generally have a problem with the portrayal of the female companions but that's a discussion for when you've read them all!
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