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Wit's End

By:Darrg, Wessex
Date:Tuesday 1 March 2005
Rating:   7

It felt like a first Doctor story but writ large, and if I have any complaint it would be that it is rather plot-heavy! An enormous number of mysterious things happen many of which are only resolved in the last few pages, so it becomes difficult to keep track of what's going on, who's on which side, who's who and who's what - which turns out to be a futile pursuit anyway, as inevitably no-one turns out to be what they seem!

There is much to enterain, though. Without giving too much away, Susan has a storyline which turns out to be particularly touching.

End of the world (& I feel fine)

By:Trevor Smith, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Date:Saturday 27 September 2008
Rating:   10

A really entertaining, fast paced thriller that never lets up. If only Susan had been used as well as this in the TV series it would have much better. All in all highly recommended.

The end is nigh, repent!!!

Date:Thursday 12 November 2009
Rating:   8

I have to say that I particularly enjoyed this book. It was darker in a humane sense than a lot of DW adventures, with people dying aplenty, heavy moral dilemmas, double crossing and so on. The big secret gets only revealed towards the end and then all the pieces make sense (The Doctor already new from the quasi beginning but the author kept us in the dark!). All the companions have interesting side stories (except for Ian maybe who just longs for Barbara!) and there's plenty of action. Well written too. Only a few things don't work (like the Taklarians and Plax's methamorphosis) but its nothing major. Good 1st Doctor story overall.

The World Does End With A Bang

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Friday 12 March 2010
Rating:   7

Bulis has a well-worn methodology of taking some subgenre of science fiction and making Doctor Who out of it. Sometimes it works, but more often it does not. In this one it works reasonably well. In fact, this is one of his best. The subgenre is the end of the world by natural disaster story. However, since, for various reasons, in the Who universe the Earth did not end by natural disaster, Bulis has set the book on a colony world. Typical of Bulis, he has split the story into different plot streams converging upon a single location. What works in this novel is that Bulis does not overplay the genre aspects as he is wont to do. Instead, he focuses on the story itself given the initial premises. The disaster is impending, the escape is improbable, and something seriously wrong with the whole plan means that many many people will die. Bulis has created a kind of David Whitaker or Malcolm Hulke plot in which there are no "bad guys" as such, just people deluded, and therefore following a disastrous course of action that they think is right. There are some confusing bits involving Susan's plot that never get satisfactorily worked out (just which parts was she dreaming and why was she dreaming them?). Recommended with reservations.

Hartnell Blockbuster

By:Chris Arnold, Bundaberg, Australia
Date:Monday 7 May 2012
Rating:   8

A rather exciting novel. I liked how Bulis left us with all these little mysteries along the way. He was very controlled with what information was released and when. Barbara was rather under used and I didn't like the Taklarians. They didn't really add anything to the story for me. I enjoyed following the Doctor and Ian through the mystery. The inbuilt countdown of the doomed planet led a sense of urgency to the novel. Better than expected.

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