Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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October Books 12-13) The Good, the Bad and the Alien, Colin Brake; System Wipe, Oli Smith

Two short (200-page, large print) Doctor Who novels packaged together as a double. Colin Brake's The Good, the Bad and the Alien is written rather more for the younger end of the market, and is the same aliens in the Wild West type story that has been done several times over in recent years (including in the Eleventh Doctor audio The Runaway Train). I wondered if Amy would have been old enough to catch Deputy Dawg on TV - was it still being shown in the 1990s? And the "comparing the meerkats" joke passed me by (though I caught the quote from Blade Runner). But decent enough for what it is.

I have not been hugely impressed by Oli Smith's previous work for Who (which includes The Runaway Train, mentioned above, and Blackout, an audio set in 1960s New York). But System Wipe worked rather better for me; also set in America, with the Doctor trying to save the population of the virtual world Parallife before its entire system is wiped and Amy and Rory solving another part of the mystery in meatspace. Some similarities with the recent Seventh Doctor Big Finish audios The Doomsday Quatrain and House of Blue Fire.

Recommended for younger fans, and completists like me.
Tags: bookblog 2011, doctor who, doctor who: 11, writer: colin brake, writer: oli smith
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