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Doctor Who: The Eight Doctors
by Terrance Dicks
BBC Books. 282 pages.
Reviewed by Sean Steller
On the heels of last summer's somewhat successful television
film presented by Fox Network, Doctor Who continues his travels through
space and time in a new monthly book series published by BBC
Books. "The Eight Doctors" is the first book in the new BBC
series, and is expertly written by the ageless Terrance Dicks.
Doctor Who is the goliath of science fiction. The storyline
of the eccentric Doctor and his Police Box space-time machine
is enriched by over thirty years of television shows, as well
as hundreds of books.
So how much more new material can a thirty-five-year-old series
produce? The Doctor's adventures are limited only by the infinite
bounds of space and time. The stories are usually well thought out and
do their best to remain on the cutting edge of scientific discovery.
The new book series set forth by BBC Books would appear to be no less.
As the title suggests, "The Eight Doctors" involves eight
different Doctors (the same being, but from different points in his past).
The story begins with a trap inside the Doctor's ship, set by his
arch-enemy The Master. The trap erases the Doctor's memory, and he
is mysteriously guided by his ship (better known as the Tardis), to
seek out himself in the past so that he may learn of who he is in the
From here, the Doctor goes on to visit himself seven times in
the past. Each visit restores more of his memory when he
encounters his previous self. As well, each visit entails
dangerous and exciting circumstances -- encounters
with aliens, demons, robots, cavemen, vampires, and no less
the Master himself.
Many of the Doctor's visits to the past involve stories rooted
in the television series. This will delight the large fan base
that still holds the old series dear. At the same time however,
the author gives sufficient detailing for any reader unfamilliar
with Doctor Who to fully appreciate the story.
The captivating nature of this book is indubitably generated
by the sheer craftsmanship of author Terrance Dicks. Dicks is
a veteran WHO writer, both of the television series and other
Doctor WHO novels.
The next book in the series is entitled Vampire Science, and
is written by Kate Orman and John Blum.