Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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Short Trips: Life Science, ed. John Binns

Second paragraph of third story ("The Northern Heights", by Mark Stevens):
As you approach the watchman's gate, you feel your muscles tense.This is one of those moments where they often try to reach out to you, probing at your foremost thoughts, trying to rearrange them into some sort of suggestion to which they hope you'll adhere. Sometimes they'll try to talk you into turning away, hoping you'll forget you were ever an employee of the King and Empire Railway Company. Sometimes they'll beckon you, attempting to lure you away from whatever it is you're doing, trying to guide you into the darker, unfamiliar areas of the engine yards, where accidents can happen.
Seventh in the series of short story collections from Big Finish featuring the first eight Doctors, this time with a theme around the science of life - which normally means biological, but can extend into other areas too. To be honest I felt his was a bit flat, with only two stories that grabbed me, both more about artificial intelligence: "Lant Land", by Jonathan Morris, bringing Five, Tegan and Turlough to a world where the local version of the Sims has become something much more horrible, and "The Reproductive Cycle" by Matthew Griffiths which takes the frankly unpromising concept of positing that Kamelion and the Tardis had a secret love-child, and does it rather well.

Next in sequence is Short Trips: Repercussions, which I read in 2009 (and also wasn't too impressed by). So next month I'll be reading Short Trips: Monsters, edited by Ian Farrington.

Tags: bookblog 2016, doctor who, doctor who: short trips, writer: jonathan morris
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