Aboard the Wheel mining facility around Saturn, Dr Who #2, Jamie and Zoe see blue dolls who look like their landlady Mayor Laws’ baby Casey. Power-hungry Administrator Florian Hart accuses rebel teens of sabotage. The mystery goes back to the creation of the solar system, and could kill them all.
|It’s never a good thing when the TARDIS takes charge and ends up taking the Doctor and his merry band of companions along for the ride. The current issue: it’s a disturbance in time, and it’s up to the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie to figure out why.
I have to say that I rather enjoyed this tale. Sure, the Doctor doesn’t play too much of a role in this tale, but, we’re usually following along with either Zoe or Jamie, which is also interspersed with interludes that deal with a wide variety of back story. Which, I love in this instance. While the story goes right along its merry way, the interludes provide background into certain characters and key objects in the story.
Now, I’m not well versed in the realm of Classic Who, but I do have to say that I have, at the very least, a passing familiarity not only with the Second Doctor, but also his current traveling companions. But, I can’t forget about the characters of Jo, Phee, and Sam; who this story kind of revolves around, in a way. Then, there’s Florian, who’s motivation is driven by greed and revenge, and she will stop at nothing to get her way.
All in all, I really enjoyed this read. I loved the alien setting within the Rings of Saturn; enjoyed all of my friendly characters (yes, that includes reading through the Scottish of Jamie and MMAC); and enjoyed the story unfold throughout the pages. Just be careful when venturing out with the Doctor in this one; space is dangerous.
I’m getting rusty with these reviews, I need to pick the pace back up.
Anyway, the one thing I really want to talk about here is Arkive. I’m only mostly sure that Arkive is a ship, or at least a ship’s intelligence, and not an actual being. There’s no way that a being could live for billions upon billions of years. Which makes what exactly Arkive is rather fuzzy. It has a want…a desire to go back to where (and when) it came, but its attempts are futile and proving to be far more difficult that it realizes.
I love the alienness of our setting. It has both man-made elements to it in terms of the space debris that turned up, and the rest of the natural setting of Saturn and her moons. Whether it was within the rings, or on Titan, I rather enjoyed the uniqueness of each area.
Sorry I’m not able to get into more. I really don’t want to spoil anymore, and some of the more important centers of my brain are shutting down for the evening (it’s almost midnight at the time I’m writing this). So, I leave you this. You should read this. Sure, there’s more focus on the companions than the Doctor, but it works out in the book’s favor. Enjoy the characters and the setting, and who knows, you just might be able to help Arkive.