Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 6/18/15 9:22 am
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Martha in the Mirror finds the Doctor and Martha Jones landing at Castle Extremis where humans and their reptilian enemies are negotiating a peace agreement. Yet, this is a haunted castle where the death of a twin girl and a strange mirror are ill omens for the future of the process.
The story has some good things going for it. The concepts are interesting and the story develops a nice sense of mystery and intrigues in terms of what's going on with the peace process. The story features a nice double act in the form of "Bill and Bot," two maintenance robots. And any book deserves credit if they have a good robot double act. Martha and the Doctor are pretending to be observers from the Galactic Alliance, but there are real observers there, and the resolution to that part of the plot is interesting. Freema Agyeman does a good job reading the story and capturing the Tenth Doctor's essence in terms of his humor and energy. She's a bit too exuberant on announcing chapter titles, but that's a quibble.
On the other hand, there are certain aspects of the plot that are just bewildering. The big one is Jenna, whose sister was killed by a mine in the garden. And she has a twin running around, but isn't necessarily her twin but her counterpart from the mirror universe. Or is Jenna not really the sister who survived at all? This whole thing is still confusing. Also before the Doctor got involved in the whole history of the mirror, he was being intolerably obsequious to the diplomats on the planet. And the end scene was a bit confusing as well. And Martha only has one scene in the mirror (which makes the title dubious), but on the other hand, that does help this book avoid being a tale where the Doctor has to spend half the story rescuing the Companion.
Overall, despite it's weak points, this was still an enjoyable, if at times confusing, story.