Doctor Who: Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale (4 out of 5)


Yes, I know, I’m reading Doctor Who novelizations again. There is NOTHING wrong with that. In fact, I enjoy them. A quick, light read. Some are better than others. This time around, my friend Dave M. told me this was the best of the lot. So I started with this and am then going to read the others. I’m also going back in time and reading some of the Ninth Doctor ones. Because I miss Christopher Eccleston. So these are a nice side project. I mean, if anyone’s fiending between seasons of Doctor Who, THIS would be a good way to pass the time. Unless you’re me, and then your dumb ass reads them WHILE the new season is on. Anyhow, good fun, these books.

The Phaeron disappeared from the universe millions of years ago. Whispers of “The Glamour” are heard early in the book (makes sense, as this is one of the “Glamour Chronicles”). They had an ancient civilization that was advanced and from the sounds of it, productive (it reminded me a lot of Atlantis, reading the description Baxendale puts forth), and then Poof! Gone! An artifact discovered from that time leads a research team into believing the Phaeron road is still existing and they head out there to explore. Quite a merry bunch of people on this expedition. That made it easier to get into this book. Sort of like a dysfunctional Brady Bunch, but much, much cooler. Who else (get it?) is heading there? The good Doctor and his trusty sidekick, Ms. Whinypants Clara. The research team on its ship is optimistic, but the Doctor is hiding some knowledge of what they may find. He tries to warn them, but in typical Who fashion, they really don’t listen too well. He only knows that it could get ugly, it could get fatal, and he does his best to stop it from getting to that point. He and Clara are doing their best to do their own thing, but the Tardis sort of disappears into a time vortex and they’re stuck on the ship with the research team. Fun times! It isn’t long before certain members of the crew start to show ulterior motives, time vortexes start, the ship disintegrates, and they’re all falling through time and ending up in different climates in different times, and the ghouls and life forms start to, well, take lives. This book never let up, and I had no idea who was going to kick the dust next, and there were a number of surprises. Good fun, really, except for those who died. They didn’t have fun, but what great plot they aided!
Seriously, a very good Doctor Who read. I hope you give it a chance.

~ by generationgbooks on September 27, 2015.

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