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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 5/24/17 10:44 pm
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Personal favourite episode of Series 10 so far; not too creepy, but it looks great Suchet and Capaldi were fantastic, Mackie was great too :)
The twist at the end was a surprise and very emotional, more from Mike Bartlett please :)
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 5/15/17 11:55 pm
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The Eight Doctors starts off the EDAs with a great, semi-by the books story. The Master sets a trap for the Doctor and the novel is basically getting out of the trap.
The Doctor loses all his memories and he has to work his way from the beginning of his time stream to get all of it back, meeting all of his previous incarnations individually, restoring all memories up to that point in the time stream, its a simple idea that I don't think had been done before but Uncle Terrance takes full advantage of it. Although he is a bit cheeky by placing the events around mostly stories either he wrote or had some contribution towards (The War Games, The Daemons, The Sea Devils, State of Decay, The Five Doctors) and then having an original point for the Seventh Doctor, not to much before the events of the TV Movie.
I do enjoy all the nods and references to past stories and overall Who lore, and all the stuff set on Gallifrey about the CIA conspiracy that I hope the EDA range will delve into with further novels (currently starting the marathon :) ).
One of the only problems I had was some of the mini-adventures are too long, e.g the Fourth and Sixth Doctor, both have very interesting plot points within their chapters (SPOILER: The blood transfusion and 6's struggle to prove his innocence and his feelings are shown very nicely by Dick's: SPOILER ENDS), I don't feel that some parts are unnecessary, they just take away from the general fast pace of the novel; you'll be very excited and motivated by the references with the Second and Third Doctor chapters only to have some boring world building in the Fourth Doctor's chapters.
New companion Samantha Jones is briefly in the novel, at the start and conclusion, because this story is primarily about the Doctor.
In conclusion, this novel does start start off safe and it executes it very good, and is a great starting point for Doctor Who novels, and it sets up my anticipation for the EDAs very well.
Overall: 8/10
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 5/10/17 11:20 pm
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I typically enjoy Gareth Roberts as a Doctor Who writer, he was one of my choices to take over from Moffat before it went to Chibnall. However, the Caretaker feels like retreading of his previous script, "The Lodger". I feel like Moffat got Roberts to write a comedic script to make some time to Danny Pink, bring him into the Doctor's life, but the whole thing about the Doctor not liking him because he was a solider was stupid considering he was "The Winner of the Time War" and a few episodes ago he debatably threw the Half-Faced man off the floating house to impale him on BIg Ben. With the scene with Danny hiding in the Tardis and then Twelve and him clash, Danny comes off as a massive dick, and put me off his character.
The gag about the history teacher Adrian looking like the Eleventh Doctor was fun, and one of the best parts of the episode.
Missed opportunity to have Ian Chesterton make an appearance, however the episode can still be enjoyed with Capaldi and Coleman giving good performances but probably one the weaker episodes in series 8, and definitely one of Gareth Roberts' weaker scripts, hopefully he is invited back to redeem himself.

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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 5/10/17 11:06 pm
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One of my personal favorite stories but I'm not sure why, it seems rather cleverly simple. But it just works, if you own the DVD I would recommend the Special Edition version because Nick Briggs is the man :P
Even though the man hated working with them, Pertwee just goes with the Daleks, I love all the Pertwee Dalek stories, and believe they are all very underrated. I would say Day of the Daleks is the one that needs to be watched the most, the 4-episode plot is the perfect length, it flies by on some viewings.
The Ogrons are great concepts, somewhat iconic now personally and would love to see them implemented into NewWho.
But overall, its UNIT versus the Daleks, gotta love it :P
Definitely one I would recommend from the Pertwee/UNIT era :)

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