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'For you, time is waves on a beach that you dip a toe into. For me it’s a whole ocean, all the way from coast to coast and from the surface to the ocean floor. I feel time in the very core of my being in a way that you never can.'
The latest of the short Puffin books doing a Doctor a month, and this being July it's the Seventh Doctor and Ace, slipping into a universe where the Daleks inexplicably appear to have become the good guys. Blackman puts the Doctor in an existential moral dilemma with regard to the Daleks rather well (and I notice that the Third Doctor has a similar problem with the Master in Alastair Reynolds' recent novel; coincidence, or subtle clues about the 50th anniversary special?) but unfortunately is much less good at catching the nuances of the Seventh Doctor and Ace as characters; it is of course entirely possible that she has not read all that many of the 75 Seventh Doctor novels out there. Still, I think the originality of the plot is commendable in such a short book.

(And as far as I know, Blackman is the first woman of colour to write a Doctor Who story in any medium.)


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Jul. 28th, 2013 07:55 am (UTC)
I didn't know Blackman wrote Who! Have you read Noughts and Crosses? It's laid on with a trowel a bit, but I enjoyed it lots (similar to the Hunger Games in some ways)
Jul. 28th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
I have indeed read Noughts and Crosses and I think your summary is fair!

I don't think Blackman will become a regular Who writer. This is part of a series of short Who books by well-known children's authors.
Jul. 28th, 2013 09:05 am (UTC)
Cool! That's an interesting list of authors - there are some on there I adore (like Ness and Blackman) and some I've just not heard of - maybe I should read something by the others!
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