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Reviewed By: doctorwhnoeReview Date: 1/30/18 2:11 pm
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That's my first Russell book. And I'm one of the few who quite liked it. There isn't any real plot and it quickly became boring and the sequence 'young Doctor's adventures' isn't really interesting.

Never mind if it's the fifth or the first Doctor who is around, they're the same. The young one is exactly the Davison's Doctor except for a 'hmmm' at one point there isn't any difference beewteen them. And Russell never stop to say 'The previous Doctor was better' all along the book.

Tegan is wasted, Adric insulted (who care about how many bath he take by a week ?) and we even learn who's Nyssa Teddy Bear. The synopsis promised a sort of character devellopement but there isn't any devellopement in this story !

The Toymaker is wasted, all the games and supporting characters are introduced for nothing because nothnig really come to it's end. The game began and end because Russell didn't know how to turn it good.

The young Doctor sequence is strange, every renegade Time Lord are in his gang at the same time. And every Gallifreyan Technology appear at the same period. This book is a flood of refernces and fan-service. And that's the only part I liked, because Russell try to explain things. But the problem is that to: he explain to much things !

Read this only because you want to know what's a fanfiction made by a fanboy officialised by the BBC.
And guess why did Russell do this book ? In the afterword he say that's because he had read the Nigthmare Fear novelisation and had find the toymaker less charismatic than on TV and he wanted to explain that.

Well done Russell ! Hope you'll never do a 10th Doctor novel because it can only be a cascade of fanboyism (ho ! He wrote one !)