Stories:
2827
Members:
711
Submitted Reviews:
7673
Reviewers:
328
Vampire Science >

The Eight Doctors

Rating Votes
10
7%
1
9
7%
1
8
13%
2
7
33%
5
6
7%
1
5
13%
2
4
13%
2
3
7%
1
2
0%
0
1
0%
0
Average Rating
6.5
Votes
15
Writer:

Latest Community Reviews

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
3
Plot Rating:
2
Acting Rating:
NR
Replay Rating:
2
Effects Rating:
NR
Has Prerequisite(s):
Unsure
Reviewed By: nukirisameReview Date: 9/18/18 11:18 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

It was a brave idea; starting off a range of new novels, meant to continue the legacy of the show, and have the first novel deride the new direction the series was heading in the first few pages and spend the rest of its time glorifying the past. What a great first impression.

To be fair, if all you care about is nostalgia, this book certainly has it. The Pertwee portions are a particular highlight in how well they recreate the era (Up until (spoiler) the Third Doctor threatens to kill his future self and steal his TARDIS. What.). It's as a first foot forward that this fails. Badly. Eight is reduced to a blank slate instead of making you invested in him. The new companion gets one or two chapters dedicated to introducing her (which revolves around a drug bust because... complex adult plots, I suppose), plus a little sequence at the end which is so vapid and generic I managed to get a laugh out of it. You can really tell Terrance wrote it at the very last minute.

If you want a light read that feels like classic Who, go for it. If you want a novel that does something new, skip ahead to Vampire Science. That's where the EDAs really begin.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
7
Plot Rating:
6
Acting Rating:
NR
Replay Rating:
NR
Effects Rating:
NR
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: EightsGirlReview Date: 6/12/17 2:50 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Overall, this book is enjoyable for all the Classic Who references. Taking place right after the movie, Eight must visit all his former selves in order to regain his memories. It's not a terrible book and I get why they wrote it (feeling the need to bridge the gap and all) but it's sort of just meh. The best parts are of him with Sam and that's all of maybe 20 pages. This one can be skipped unless OCD demands you read in order (me haha)
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
8
Plot Rating:
8
Acting Rating:
NR
Replay Rating:
7
Effects Rating:
NR
Has Prerequisite(s):
Yes
Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 5/15/17 11:55 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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