K s interludes being every other chapter just served to jumble the story weakening an already weak tale But I digressAs The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War for the story again in better hands such a concept could have been intriguing The Doctor shows up at an auctionor the Relic a weapon desired by several opposing Sicilian Lives factions in the aforementioneduture Time War The mystery is kind of silly since it becomes uickly apparent what that Relic is long before Miles intended reveal The mystery of the various Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art factions is only slightly interesting but uickly becomes absurd Miles decided to delete the Celestial Intervention Agencyrom reality and rename them Celestis in Their Outside Of Reality But Not Really outside of reality but not really home I m sorry if you shorten Celestial to Celestis then that i still has the sound of a long E in my head which makes their name utterly ridiculous soundingAlso how Alice Oliver far are we supposed to swallow the splintering of Gallifreyan culture There s the original Gallifrey the Celestis Faction Paradox which is both silly and also originally Gallifreyan and now the Enemy an unnameduture antagonist in this The Protestant Temperament future War of Miles We meet a member of the Enemy in the Celestis home at the end of the story and he s described as wearing Gallifreyan garb So basically everyaction making serious bids on the Relic not counting you know the Krotons and the still not time aware humans are all Gallifreyan and every last one of them at odds with each other The That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book fact that the Celestis want to pretend to neutrality and theact that Faction Paradox adopts members of all races does nothing to change that The Radiant Child factIn short Lawrence Miles set out to write the most ambitious book in the history of Doctor Who andailed miserably And then wondered why no other authors wanted to use his plot
Elements Sighs The Sole Light sighs The sole light this darkness is that somebody eventually did and in doing so wiped this uture War nonsense out of existence Causing Lawrence Miles to pout take his toys and go home Sadly I have to suffer through Miles before I get to that glorious point but I will revel when I get to that story So many elements of this story now The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data feature heavily in NuWho especially Matts er. Dder is something horrifying than even the Doctor could have imagined something that could change his lifeoreverAnd just when it seems things can't get any worse the Doctor inds out who else is on the guest list. ,
E a book zero stars this one wouldn t even get one Actually having read comments by the author I d love to give this book negative stars Arrogant douche But I ll try to confine this review to the book itselfOkay so this book introduces giant new plot twists to the Eighth Doctor Adventures in the orm of a Time War set somewhere in Gallifrey s Tempting Eden futurerom the Doctor s perspective This is an incredibly ambitious idea and in the hands of a good author I am sure the story would be highly entertaining Lawrence Miles is not that author The actual Result Was A Preposterous Train Wreck I Truly Never Thought was a preposterous train wreck I truly never thought would read a worse story than The Icewind Dale trilogy something I regret even admitting to have read even if I was sixteen or seventeen at the time but this one takes the cake I truly have never read a worse novel than this and I hope never to read one worse stillFirst of all Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, forget the story Theormat of the book was awful I have to imagine that this idiot is a Talking to Dragons fan of the Silmarillion the way he keeps skipping to idiotic character backstories literally every other chapter He does this to createalse cliffhangers and as a time travel gimmick each subseuent backstory is a piece of the Relic s story time travel gimmick each subseuent
"backstory is a piece of the Relic s story told in reverse The problem is they re stories "is a piece of the Relic s story told in reverse The problem is they re stories characters that we just don t goddamn care about He literally spends an entire chapter in the current story telling us who worthless and laughable the Krotons are and seriously of all the monsters of the week he could resurrect Three Times the Love from the original series he picked KROTONS just before launching into the Kroton backstory chapter wherein he goes into significant depth about the biology and society of the Kroton race I nearly threw the book across the room at this point Soreaking terrible I can t begin to comprehend this Incidentally this is what I referred to in my review of War of the Daleks People complained about the interludes in that book but there were three times as many interludes in this book At least that book only threw one in in between major sections of the book serving to split the story up in a ashion not unlike the original series serials This boo. To be the deadliest weapon ever createdWhen the Doctor and Sam arrive in the city the Time Lord soon realises they've walked into the middle of the strangest auction in history and what's on sale to the highest bi. ,
A startling reminder that before he WAS A RANTING MAN ON THE a ranting man on the Lawrence Miles wrote startlingly good Doctor Who You can see why a man might be bitter though when he came up in the space of this one book with the Time War a human emale TARDIS and a story in which the Doctor s corpse is the starting pointBut then some of the stuff he doesn t like is here too For all that he complains about Moffat s overuse of the Doctor s reputation as a weapon in itself or the tendency to upgrade the Doctor into an all round superhero this is the story of the great powers of the galaxy and some less celebrated parties trying to get on to that level gathering to bid on a relic of great and unspecified powers That relic beingthe corpse of uture Doctor whose powers That relic beingthe of a uture Doctor whose in the meantime have left his biodata even valuable than it already was Who even in death can mess with events And so GREAT INVESTMENT, THE forth In other words this is excellent So s the new series They re clearly the same Doctor Who whatever anyone might say to the contrary Why can t people just get along I ll be honest I used to sneer at spin off books of TV showsfilms Whether they be Doctor Who or Stark Trek or Star Wars or The Dukes of Hazzard or The A Team I ve always looked at the spin off books as hack work Thereor some author to churn out uickly and make a uick buck while the ranchise it s linked to was still popular I am realising though as I get older and wiser there are writers who are truly inspired to do great work in the ictional universes they inherit Writers who aren t just content with churning something out but writing excellent books that just happen to be based in pre existing universes In science The Lively Art of Writing fiction that s doubly true as in novels there is no limit to special effects or locations any panorama is open any place is time or space is possible That s why I veinally decided to explore the Doctor Who novels and maybe even Star Trek and Star Wars somewhere down the line It s a chance or urther adventures a cha Chess games spanning decades and lifetimes an auction or a mysterious body and TARDIS models disguised as humans I loved it If I could giv. On an island in the East Indies in a lost city buried deep in the heart of the rainforest agents of the most ormidable powers in the galaxy are gathering They have been invited there to bid or what could turn out.