I have warmed to it (rather more than, say, Phil Sandifer). It's still a bit weird - the new information about how Time Lords come into being, by being "woven" on Looms, did not survive into other strands of continuity, and the Doctor's relatives here (other than Susan) were never seen again. But the book does what it has to do in winding up six years of stories (longer than any TV Doctor's reign bar Tom B) and tying the TV Movie (retrospectively) into the Virgin story arc.
I said in my previous review that I loved the scenery, and I loved it even more this time, the Doctor's home of Lungbarrow being pretty obviously Gormenghast on Gallifrey, and the internal struggles between President Romana and the other power centres in the Capitol suitably obscure and yet comprehensible. This time around, I very much appreciated the notion of Leela and Andred lifting the curse on Gallifrey, which obviously was lost on me previously when I had not read Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible, and of course having now followed Chris Cwej through 21 previous books, rather than coming to him completely fresh, I appreciated what Platt did with him much more.
I read the version that was downloadable until 2010 from the BBC website, which has apparently some quite major surgery to the original text and also a decent set of notes by Platt on the process of composition and of where he drew his ideas from. He also has thoughts on Who as a whole, including this lovely tribute to another of its great writers:
Apart from Runcible, Unstoffe, Glitz and Dibber, I love periphery characters like Nellie Gussett and the wonderful denizens of Megropolis 3, Singe and Hackett. [Robert] Holmes was truly great at bringing his locations and characters to life with bizarre language, quirky personal details and references to unseen events, people and places. He could create whole worlds in a couple of sentences and had a gloriously evil sense of humour.Time permitting I'll do a longer post on the Virgin New Adventures as a whole, but it may wait until after I have re=read The Dying Days next month.