February 11th, 2005


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2005/02/11 18:02:00 - Three Doctor Who books
I'm not doing too well at keeping up with this, but here goes…

5. Rose, Lloyd. The Algebra of Ice

I don't buy many of the PDAs, but Lloyd Rose is possibly my favourite Dr Who author. In this book the Doctor and Ace are investigating anomalies in the time stream (what a surprise, I hear you say) that lead them to a Crop Circle mystery at the end of the last century.

I enjoyed this book, although there was something about the characterisation of Ace that didn't feel right, and that I can't quite put my finger on. On the other hand, the plot is pleasantly predictable in places, which is a bit of a mixed blessing really.

6. Day, Martin. The Sleep of Reason
7. Baxendale, Trevor. Deadstone Memorial

These two are both EDAs. The EDA series is beginning to run down (with the Ecclestone era approaching, *spit*), and with its end will probably come the end of my obsessive collection of new BBC Books (I have all the EDAs excepting The Shadows of Avalon which appears to have gone walkies).

The Sleep of Reason is a good rendition of the "some event 100 years ago has come back to haunt us" genre with the story being told in parallel in third-person "current-day" narrative and first-person diary entries.

Deadstone Memorial, OTOH is fairly standard Baxendale output, although one of the better ones. It's definitely at the "Horror Story" end of the Doctor genre, and doesn't pull its punches (although the punches aren't worryingly strong to start with). It does have both plot and interpersonal dynamic though, which is good. I'm also beginning to like Trix, who is beginning to develop a second dimension to her character.

Despite saying that I'll stop obsessively buying the books, one of the first books to follow the end of the EDA series will be an Eighth Doctor PDA by Lloyd Rose, so of course I'll probably buy that.
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Entry Tags: books 2005, doctor who, lloyd rose, martin day, trevor baxendale

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userinfo ankaret
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2005/02/11 18:51:24
PDA? EDA?

I'm guessing 'Present Doctor Adventures' and 'Earlier Doctor Adventures' but may well be wrong...
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userinfo senji
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2005/02/11 20:13:29
Other way around :). "Eighth Doctor Adventures" and "Previous …".
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userinfo sheffers
2005/02/11 20:58:53
Do you think they might start releasing Ninth Doctor Adventures as soon as Ecclestone's tenure comes to a crashing end?

Actually, that raises a point - what about the Richard E. Grant webcast Doctor? Is he the Ninth Doctor in reality and should there be spinoff books about him?
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userinfo senji
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2005/02/11 21:33:54
No, they're going to start releasing NDAs as soon as Ecclestone's tenure starts. There's some cover-art online somewhere that Stark was showing us the other day.
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userinfo sheffers
2005/02/12 13:42:32
Well, they'll have to tightly control the storylines, lest more alternate timelines start, surely.
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userinfo senji
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2005/02/12 13:44:29
I suspect that they'll be novelisations, rather than new novels, at least to start with.
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userinfo sarabian
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2005/02/14 14:29:42
The NDA's will be aimed at a younger readership I'm told, a bit more like the Target books of yore. There are plans for a more adult series if it all goes well.
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(Anonymous)
2005/02/12 13:39:48
The REG Doctor has been consigned to the growing pile of alternative realities along with the "Curse of Fatal Death" Doctors and ther "Unbound" Doctors. There was a spinoff "Scream of the Shalka" novel, but I don't think there'll be any more.

(S)
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userinfo sheffers
2005/02/12 13:43:23
Shame, I think REG should have got the TV gig fulltime. Dressed like Withnail.
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userinfo sarabian
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2005/02/14 14:34:12
Interesting. Sleep of Reason has gone to the top of the Online polls, yet whilst I thought it was good, it wasn't in any way brilliant.

Your comments on Deadstone mirror my own. I nearly didn't buy this, hating Baxendale as I do, yet I have all the other EDA's and therefore it would have been as shame not to have the set. It sat on the shelf for 3 months until I read it at the weekend. Good start. Very good start. On the Baxendale scale, a brilliant start, and I was actually enjoying reading it. It kind of died away at the end though.

I've very selective over the PDA's but I may get Algebra and the other one you mention.
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userinfo sarabian
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2005/02/14 14:35:44
Oh, and I forgot, Trix wasn't her normal self (poor characterisation from Baxendale?) and that's perhaps why you liked her ;)
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