I finally bought and read The Good Companion, the final volume of the Titan Tenth Doctor run. Really enjoyed it and was surprised how much of it I remembered, given it's a good couple of years - maybe three - since I'd read the previous volume. I loved the build up and its own continuity it built throughout, to the point where the Doctor had assembled such a ragtag team that takes advantage of the comic format and couldn't really be done on screen.
Will be doing a re-read from the start at some point. It's a shame that the ending will likely never be picked up on now.
A Target copy rescued from being nibbled on by Cybermats. They bored their way right through the edges of the pages, the little devils. Happily, I can say the book is far from boring. Well-realised, a strong sense of motivation for each member of the expedition and... A lot of Cyber-stories from the Troughton era tend to rely on atmosphere (in some cases, quite literally). There's a strong aura of menace around the tombs. Quite impressive in prose. You can feel the influence of the Cybermen in everything, slowly building until they claw their way from their hibernation units.
"Courage isn't a matter of not being frightened you know; It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway."
A really interesting Third Doctor and Jo novel with some great ideas. Only real issue I have with it is the out of character behaviour for the science fiction fan who is perhaps the best character in the entire novel.
From what I can recall, this was also the first Past Doctor Adventures novel I ever read which is something at least.
Finished Volume 2 of the Tenth Doctor IDW Archives. It’s not bad, but it’s quite hampered by being a string of one shots that don’t feel substantial or do much and some very questionable art in places.
It’s still a novelty to get a Donna story, as she’s always been very under served in the expanded universe until Catherine Tate reprised the role for Big Finish, but like Martha in the other stories, they’re defined by certain mannerisms and phrases rather than feeling like the whole characters they are on screen.
It does pick up in the last half with the introduction of some new, original companions and a pair of longer, interconnected stories. We have our favourite TARDIS teams on screen, but I do tend to prefer expanded universe stuff to take on original companions as it feels like a new era and it can help disguise shortcomings, such as the ones I mention above. Looking forward to Emily & Matthew’s continued adventures in Volume 3 when I pick it up.
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