The Eighth Doctor is tortured in a prison, Fitz is propelled five hundred years into the future, and Sam helps the Doctor's old friend Sarah Jane Smith. Meanwhile, the Third Doctor lands on the planet Dust, out on the Glactic Rim...
A Doctor Who book of apocalyptic nature. The Doctor has never been treated so badly by people he meets as both the Third and Eighth Doctors are either tortured, beaten up or just generally abused.
The Doctor's companions, Sarah (from past days), Fitz and Sam all have plenty to do. Sam leaves the Doctor at the end of Book II, Fitz is changed (literally) forever and the Doctor...the implications for the Doctor as Faction Paradox finally sink their claws into him.
These two volumes are undeniably complicated and do not flow as well as Miles' earlier novel "Alien Bodies". However, the author's trademark flair and enthusiasm to take risks are highly evident. He takes concepts and accepted history and turns them on their heads, so that the books live up to their title.
The Faction are around, and their spin-off cult, the Remote. They are a fascinating group of aliens, the most being Compassion, who joines the Doctor in the second book. She's cold, sarcastic, very intelligent and a suitable foil for the Doctor. All in all, an at times difficult book to read but all the more rewarding for that.
Author: Lawrence Miles
Series: Doctor Who
Review by: CL8 Babel