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Reviewed By: doctorwhnoeReview Date: 1/28/18 10:37 am
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Some peoples say it is the best story of the 4th Doctor, I say it was just good. I didn't understand the final twist so I was a bit lost but finally internet helped me. I think the best of this story is the sort of Dark Comedy theme that run into the book.

Forget K9 he only appear at the beginning and the end.

Romana I, at last a book with her ! It was time to use this underestimatted companion. I like her, her relation with the Doctor is well depicted, they're sassy with each others and it's in the spirit of the season 16.

The Doctor is dark. I've never seen a fourth Doctor so dark. He is sarcastic and manipulative. I don't recognise the fourth Doctor but it was quite interesting to see him like this. He has some great lines.

The plot is basic: An entity want to awake from his tomb and a cult is going to help him. Neville, the leader of the cult of teenagers, is funny and evil at the same time. I liked this villain because he was perhaps a bit cliché but had something in him I can't put the finger on.

The teenager who love Romana was strange and quite disgusting. I hated and loved this character at the same time. The others are quickly dead or forgettable. But the thing that was good is: this novel is unpredictable ! When I read the synopsis I was 'ho no, an other story in a cave with the good and the bad'. But no, it began in a tomb/cave and quickly change into a flying castle and a spaceship. The characters were very comedic.

If Messingham had written some audios for BF I think he could've been the second Rob Searman. This is clearly a good dark comedy. Read this, it's a classic !