The Eyeless

May. 1st, 2009 06:25 pm
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I'd resisted buying any of the New Series Adventures up till now. I'm not the biggest fan of the RTD vision for Doctor Who, reports on the quality of the early books in the series weren't encouraging, and I haven't even finished reading the EDAs yet! But the prospect of a new Lance Parkin book was a bit too tempting.

The cover is quite pretty, but glaringly the wrong colour. "The first thing the Doctor noticed as he stepped out was that the sky here was as green as Earth's sky was blue." I think I like the small hardback format, though.

I found the book to be a very easy read, in both good and bad senses. It flowed along very nicely, and I was reluctant to put it down, but the prose and the plot seemed a little simple at times. It definitely felt like a kid's book, albeit a good one. It's better than some of the EDAs, but doesn't hold a candle to Parkin's best work, like "The Infinity Doctors" or "Warlords of Utopia". Worth reading, certainly, but does nothing to change my opinion that the return of the TV series was a bad thing for the books. I think it would have benefited from being written to EDA length, with room for more detail on the lives of the city's occupants.

The Fortress itself was a mixed bag. It's initially described as a device for destroying the entire universe, appears to have actually destroyed a few nearby solar systems as well as all animal life on this planet (but leaving everything else unscratched), and turns out to be capable to wiping out single individuals. Talk about versatility! Its defence systems seemed a bit primitive for such an advanced device; the external guns in particular were remarkably fragile.

The Doctor's failure to even attempt to help the ghosts was disconcerting. They seem to be fully sentient with complete sets of memories and the ability to absorb and respond to new information, which would seem to make them eminently rescuable with enough work.

The Eyeless themselves were an effective creation, and could easily support an encore appearance.
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