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10 Sep 2006
The Resurrection Casket - Justin Richards - BBC Books, 2006
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This is one of the new Dr Who books that have been produced as tie-ins to the TV series, and shares both its strengths and weaknesses. In particular, it is important to realise that Dr Who in its new guise derives more from SF films than SF novels. In the former, convincing plotting and characterisation are sacrificed to the “gosh wow” factor of the visuals and the scientific plausibility of the societies and situations depicted is generally laughable or non-existent. On screen this makes for colourful (if superficial) entertainment, but in book form it becomes distinctly painful. A competently edited film or TV show moves too quickly for you to have much time to say "yes, but...", but with a book the reader has time to stop to ask themselves whether they actually believe what they are reading. Sadly that's a problem here.
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