Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 9/24/16 6:55 pm
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Paul Cornell's novel is read superbly by Lisa Bowerman who manages to perfectly capture each character. The story is also very well-scored with emotionally evocative but not overstated.
The core of the book is superb. Smith is a compelling characters whose struggle with self-identity and struggle fitting in drives much of the story. The romance between him and Joan is very sweet and effecting, while still being mature and appropriate to the age of the characters. Tim is also incredibly interesting as a character, particularly as he becomes the Doctor and you really identify with his plight.
The story suffers from extraneous elements and characters that were introduced, didn't add much to the core story, and weren't properly developed enough for readers to care about. The villains are not bad, but aren't interesting either.
Overall, though, the themes of love, loss, war, identity and the question of what it means to be the Doctor give the story a strong emotional edge and makes it a worthwhile read or listen.