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A Doctor in the Horse

By:Quist, NZ
Date:Thursday 27 September 2007
Rating:   9

This story seems to be undergoing something of a renaissance - and it's long overdue. Pushed aside and forgotten for years by fandom it's nice to see it garner a new appreciation. I loved it when I first read it and still do. Cotton's rather tongue-in-cheek writing style and the liberties he takes with Virgil's original tale is, admittedly, not to everyone's taste but I enjoy the new spin he puts on the tale and the way he attempts to break with the established style of "Dr Who". Vastly underrated.

Another great read

By:Matt Saunders, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 25 January 2013
Rating:   9

Once again, I've read a Target novelisation of a missing story. I find the soundtracks quite hard to follow, so I am now experimenting by reading these Target novels first, and then listening to the CD. This method works very well, so I'll keep doing it this way - The Dalek's Masterplan is next.

The novel itself is very well written and written in the first person as Homer. This sometimes makes it quite difficult for Cotton to follow the actual plot of his script, but it is still a very good way of telling the story. This also distinguishes the novelisation from others and that is a good thing. The book came out in the 1980's, when a lot of Target novelisations had already come out - so a change in style is a good idea. Cotton is obviously a classicist too - because he knows his Trojan war history - and even explains why Homer was supposedly blind; and why he writes about a Clyclops in the Odyssey. All in all a good tale.

Well worth buying a second hand copy from somewhere.

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Hilarious and witty

By:Ellie Acheson, Charlotte, United States
Date:Friday 16 August 2013
Rating:   9

To adapt this entirely missing 60s story Donald Cotton went with an unconventional approach. The book is narrated in first person by none other than Homer himself, who turns out to have been personally involved in the events of the Trojan War. If you know the story of the Aeneid you will love this parody of it. More than once I laughed out loud while reading this.

My only real criticism is the characterization of Vicki, she is continually dismissed and called stupid and silly. I have a soft spot for her as a companion and think she was much better than many people give her credit for but here she is just as flighty and dumb as popular fan opinion would lead you to believe.

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