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By:Daniel, London
Date:Wednesday 1 February 2006
Rating:   7

This being the first of the New Adventures reads almost like a slightly more sophisticated version of the Target novelisations. It is not until several books later that the range really hits its stride. Saying that, this is a cracking good tale with some nice Doctor/Ace moments, a chilling new villainess (who features also in the subsequent three novels) and an interesting take on the

The Start of a Great Series

By:Lord Animus, England
Date:Wednesday 8 February 2006
Rating:   10

Great Well worth a read!

A Great Start.

By:Geoff Burnett, Kent
Date:Tuesday 8 May 2007
Rating:   9

This was the first of the new adventures featuring the 7th Doctor. I remember looking forward to reading it so much. I was not dissapointed at all. It is a simple story, easy to follow and yet so adult in its approach. John Peel did an excellent job in being the first to start of this much needed novels. I felt it was a tough act to follow and that often prooved to be the case. Dont listen to anyone that knocks this, (as many do) read it for yourself. Like so many of the new adventures it knocks spots of the basic poor quality hard backs that are based on the current Doctor. For a while those that grew up with the programme had the magic of the show but also had an adult flavour which was much needed. In my reviews I wont go into the story to much at all but Qataka, come Ishtar, come Timewyrm is one of the best baddies ever. Gilgamesh is comical and tough at the same time and it would of been nice for Mesopotamia to have another visit from the Doctor.

Timewyrm: Genesys

By:Mark List, Midland, United States
Date:Sunday 5 July 2009
Rating:   6

I felt that this was only an OK novelization. It may be that it was the first novel not adapted from the television series, and I felt that John Peel tried to make it "too adult" by his continual references to En-Gula's bare breasts and Gilgameshs sexual desires. Neither had any real relevence to the story. This may have been done to break the mold of the televised show, I don't really know. Gilgamesh was a freaking idiot in the book and I had no love/compassion for the character. I could have cared less if he would have gotten offed.

I think that the Timewyrm could develop into a great nemisis for the Doctor and it will be interesting to see how the next 3 authors continue the series.

I felt it was decent and worth reading, but I have read much better novels.

Entertaining Start

By:Mondas, Edinburgh Scotland
Date:Tuesday 6 April 2010
Rating:   7

Entertaining start to the series of new adventures. picking up where the original series finished after the last episode survival. John Peel does a good job with the first book. and the story is of a more adult nature which i enjoyed. well worth reading

A good but not great start

By:Vince Rayner, Havant, United Kingdom
Date:Saturday 6 July 2013
Rating:   5

Not bad but I found none of the characters that interesting and found myself speed reading the last chapters so I could get to the far superior second book.

Quite possibly the worst book ever

By:Eye of Horus, Under A Rock, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 23 December 2016
Rating:   1

I bought this book a few years ago off amazon because I wanted to get into the New Adventures and it seemed like the best place to start. How I'm still reading them today, I will never know. The point is, I'm a massive seventh Doctor Fan and the fact the first original Doctor who Novels were completely dedicated to him (not counting dying days) was brilliant. But oh deer the poor fans, after years of waiting, ended up with this garbage. This is a piece of garbage that dares to call itself a Doctor Who Novel. In fact, the only reason I consider it cannon is because I love Timewyrm Revelation. The Characterisation is terrible. Almost all supporting charterers are irrelevant with the exception of the space man and Ishtar. And it made me despise my favourite Doctor. Good Job John Peel!

Oh also, this book is a gross porno. No seriously, half the book is in depth description of Gilgamesh sexually molesting girls and when Ace complains that he wants to do it to her the Doctor essentially tells her to grow up.

*sigh* I hear his target books are good, I guess.

The First, Not Nearly the Best

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Wednesday 13 April 2022
Rating:   6

The first official original novel for Doctor Who, supposedly to make up for the lack of DW on TV following the 1989 cancellation, amounts to a decent fan novel. John Peel, the DW fan writer, not the famous DJ, has a bit of a tough job. He has to write the novel, at least the beginning, both as if the reader knows little or nothing about DW, and as if the reader is a fully paid member of the DW Superfan Club. He also has to get a four-book story arc going, plus make DW more "adult" and "up to modern standards." Given what is required, I do not understand why Peel was chosen as the writer to do this. He simply does not have chops. For instance, to get the uninitiated in, he conjures a routine in which The Doctor has used the TARDIS telepathic circuits to erase some useless memories of his, but this action has accidentally wiped out almost all of Ace's memories. It is a throwaway routine that has almost nothing to do with rest of the novel except for setting up the telepathic circuits for use at the end. The main story is rather standard DW fare, with The Doctor and Ace following up a trail to find the Timewyrm and landing in ancient Mesopotamia, where they meet Gilgamesh and go through the sci-fi version of events that will become part of the epic of Gilgamesh. The story is fast-paced, with the usual twists and turns that make for light reading. Problems, however, arise with the brief for what the new novels are supposed to be. To make the story "adult," Peel has multiple references to bare breasts, Gilgamesh's insatiable libido, and the job of the priestesses of Ishtar, which is mainly to have sex with whoever makes an offering to the goddess. It makes Peel seem lecherous rather than realistic, and this reader at least would have liked fewer such references. Peel is also very much a fan writer, so drops in too many cute references to previous DW eras, some of which he gets wrong, such as saying that Ace visited Paradise Towers (it was Mel). Peel, in my estimation at least, also gets wrong the relationship between The Doctor and Ace. In this novel, The Doctor is constantly annoyed by Ace and she is constantly angry at him. That is not at all the relationship as it existed in the TV series, and it made me wonder, as one is wont to do when looking at a bad marriage, why the two even stay together. So, the novel has its entertaining moments and basically serviceable plot, but many deficiencies in execution.

An embarrassment of a book

By:Steven Prosser, Brighton, United Kingdom
Date:Sunday 12 February 2023
Rating:   2

This is the first original Doctor Who book and it is very clear that that is the only reason it was written. Peel has absolutely no interest in the plot, the villain is abysmal, every character is insufferable and the Doctor tells Ace to stop complaining and get sexually assaulted. Skip this one, it really isn't worth it.

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