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I'm going to officially rename this novel:
War of the Genesis of the Destiny of the Resurrection of the Revelation of the Remembrance of the Daleks.
Continuity is a very fluid thing, especially in Doctor Who. For some, continuity is what binds the show and keeps it on track. For some, continuity greatly hinders what could be a great story.
I've learnt to accept that continuity doesn't matter, that it shouldn't make me angry. After all, Doctor Who is a show about time travel, paradoxes, alternative universes, so why should it matter?
It's probably a good thing that I accepted that before I read War of the Daleks because this novel takes continuity and puts it in a meatgrinder and then shoves it where the sun don't shine.
This is going to be a very interesting and potentially long review, so I'm going to approach this very simply as dot points.
- I love how brutal and murderous the Daleks are. Remember, this is before the New Series when Daleks went all soft. Most characters die and it's great.
- The Doctor is alright and Sam didn't grate on me. But to be honest, they're written pretty blandly, but I've heard how annoying Sam can yet and I'm glad she wasn't in this book.
- Amazing metaphor of Davros being found on a garbage ship.
- Nice return for the Thals
- Secondary characters are written pretty good.
- Great descriptions.
- I know some hate the interludes, as they are pretty pointless, but they work with the story. I want for the Mechanoid section to be adapted into a full length story.
- I adore the cover.
- No atmosphere at all. Revelation and Remembrance have incredible atmospheres, yet this lacks any hint of one.
- The Daleks have really strange dialogue that makes it hard to imagine them say. I really had to concentrate on not making them humans in my head.
- Spider Daleks? Marine Daleks? Giant Daleks? Seriously?
- The plot is pretty good for the first two parts, but Part Four is literally they go to Skaro and then try to leave.
- The Daleks don't kill the Doctor or Sam, or even try.
- Davros is written in the most melodramatic way possible.
- The pacing is dreadful. It's literally 'and then this happened, and then this happened.' We get a really long intro (Part One, Two and Three) and then a short, rushed ending (Part Four). There's no body to this story.
- The whole plot revolves around the Dalek Prime and Davros having a fight about who controls the Daleks.
- Skaro is really bland. We get a few descriptions of metal towers, and that's it.
- As much as I love the Dalek action, it gets really boring, especially in Part Four. 'And then this Dalek killed this Dalek, and this Dalek killed this Dalek...'
- No editing. There are full stops in the middle of words, incorrect spelling (ccould is one notable example), apostrophes in strange places.
- The incredible amounts of Plan Bs and Cs and Ds. There's a Dalek ship in the TARDIS (which turns out to be the one in Power of the Daleks) and a lectern that turns into a Dalek.
- The fricking retcon. While the actual retcon doesn't bother me too much, it literally has no relevance to the story beyond Skaro existing. If this novel was an epic showing the Dalek plan, it would have been amazing, but literally its just referenced in a long infodump that doesn't even matter. It might have been better if it added to the Dalek stories of the past, but it severely detracts from them.
So yeah, as excited as I was to read this novel, I don't think it's very good at all. I wasn't disappointed because I had been warned, but yeah, don't read this if it doesn't sound appealing to you.