Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation by Nicholas Briggs (3 out of 5)
D I'm still reading through all the Doctor Who novels. I know, I'll be reading them the rest of my life. There are too many! I've read a few of Nicholas Briggs' novels, and always enjoy them. I'm not really sure why this one didn't stick as well. Those dastardly Daleks have fooled the masses into thinking that they're a godsend, not the devious little bastards that they truly are. Sunlight 349 is a Dalek Foundation world and where this novel is set. The good Doctor arrives and tries to enlighten those that the Daleks are evil, and gets tossed in the pokey as a result. He ends up in court, fighting his case against a "Dalek Litigator" and arguing for something resembling custody of three kids who were left wards of a Dalek state when their parents walked off their ship, committing suicide, rather than telling the formula to the evil Daleks. Are you confused yet? Turns out that the majority of this one is that way. I definitely didn't dig those one as I hoped, although it was funny to see the good Doctor dealing with THREE kids throughout much of the novel. On another Foundation planet, archaeologists uncover some scary shit going down. Of course, directly connected to those bastard Daleks, and to what's going on over at Sunlight 349. Can the Doctor convince the reluctant people that the Daleks are up to no good again? Can he find the kids a happy ending, despite their parents deaths? Can the good Doctor find his Tardis and get the hell out of there, and save the day? Or is it going to backfire on him in spectacular fashion? I will say this- not among my favorites. This book was a little garbled and just didn't click in many parts. There should have been more of a bond between the Doctor and his ward, but it's largely absent here. In the end, not a bad novel, but definitely needed some serious work on the cementing of some key details.