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Oh the Bodysnatchers, a book i’ve wanted to read for years, and finally after tracking it down and finally having the time to finish it, and I was a little underwhelmed. The setting is fine, but I think i’m just tired of stories taking place in the Victorian era; I haven’t listened to Big Finish’s Jago and Litefoot series yet (aside from Mahogony Murders) so i’m yet to see the hype for that time and place in the Whoniverse.
The Zygon aspect of the book is pretty good, the plan is the same as ever; they want to take over the Earth because there planet was destroyed, but like Terror of the Zygons, we have distinct individual Zygons, not just a standard monster that applies to the whole of the species. A few good twists in terms of allies revealing they are Zygons, and a few moments of individual ideologies peaking through causing conflict between characters. Very satisfied with this aspect of the novel. Another character I did enjoy was Litefoot, the professor returns to help the Doctor in another adventure which i’m sure must contradict Big Finish canon because Jago isn’t anywhere around and it has been 5 years since Talons. I just explain these into two different realities, Big Finish and Book timeline that eventually intercept and become one again around the New Series :P
However, where this story lacks is the motivation. For the first 100 pages, I was finding myself reading around 1-2 chapters a week, and a book should entice me more to read it more than that. The first half and last 50 pages or so is rather boring in my opinion, the resolution doesn’t feel forced but it is a bit weird, its a bit hard to explain.
And lastly, Sam. My word she is starting to get on my nerves; she constantly compares herself to any other woman significant to the plot and is jealous of the Doctor’s attention towards her. In Vampire Science is was Caroline, and in this it was Emmeline. And then she states she wants to be the Doctor’s equal. Really not liking this development of her character, and hope she doesn’t continue down this path.
Next Time (eventually): Genocide