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Sublime Time Account!!

By:Earle DL Foster, Invercargill, New Zealand
Date:Monday 7 October 2013
Rating:   10

An equally impressive follow-up to the introductory new Past Doctor Novel, and an ever interesting twist to the multi-incarnation storyline. Mr Reynolds has penned a fitting homage to the Pertwee era, and I for one hope this rejuvenated series will continue well into the upcoming 2014.

Out of time

By:Trevor Smith, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Date:Saturday 5 April 2014
Rating:   7

While this is no way a bad book, it's not very good either. The story itself just doesn't grab or even feel like a 3rd Doctor story. It just feels like a Doctor Who by numbers story. The idea of the Master fading from people's memories is a neat twist but after the brilliance of The Wheel of Ice, this was a big let down.


By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Monday 18 August 2014
Rating:   5

This is another in the series of original novels featuring old Doctors, written by "proven" science fiction writers. Alastair Reynolds has credentials, though judging by this book I am not sure why. One reviewer here said the plotting was Doctor Who by the numbers, and I would agree with that assessment. However, the problems are larger than that. Reynolds attempts to write in the mode of the Pertwee UNIT era. This would be fine, except that he copies all the problematic aspects of that era and leaves out many of the better ones. Thus, for instance, UNIT is pretty useless. The Doctor is rather abrupt and dismissive with both the Brigadier and Jo. The Master is too much "I'm a bad guy and I love it." Another problem is that the invasion plot by the Sild is far too complicated, preposterously so. The Sild as an enemy are difficult to get interested in. They want to take over Earth, and that is about as far as it goes. The novel is not irredeemable. There is some interesting dialogue. Jo is a more developed character than she was in the series.

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