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23 March 2019 @ 04:17 pm
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Cover off Jenny T. Colgan's In the Blood Dr Who novel.  Bluey white icey background.  Ten and Donna.  They Feed on your Anger.  They Need your Despair. tagline
Today in book covers I can easily lay hands on "In the Blood" which I've just read. It was OK as Who novels go, though erred a bit on the side of The Internet is evil and everyone would be happier if they just talked face-to-face with each other.


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shivver13: DT eekshivver13 on March 23rd, 2019 09:49 pm (UTC)
I read this when it came out and I both liked and disliked this book. I really liked the cyberpunk feel of the earlier chapters, when the Doctor and Donna are investigating the... hackers? Whatever they were - I don't know the details anymore. But I remember feeling like it was a lot darker and more dangerous than your usual DW modern-day-setting fare. And then it felt like it went off the rails with the introduction of Gully as the main adversary and the whole touchy-feely resolution.

Colgan's day job is a romance writer and I think it shows in both this book and in her audio "Time Reaver", as she tends more towards hand-wavy science fantasy and relationship exploration than science fiction. (The Doctor/Donna shippers particularly loved this book because they interpreted the scene where the Doctor uses the chameleon arch so that he could save Donna with his blood as proof that the Doctor loved her romantically. I thought that was a clever concept, but nothing he wouldn't do for any of his companions.) I think this book also suffered a bit from bringing back Gully from "Time Reaver". He wasn't a particularly interesting villain in TR - a thieves' guild leader on a distant world with no motivation other than greed - so I couldn't really believe in any reason why he would come all the way to Earth to enact an evil plan. I think creating a new villain with a tailored backstory and purpose would have served the story a lot better.
louisedennis: Who:Donnalouisedennis on March 24th, 2019 11:51 am (UTC)
I did think she captured the Doctor and Donna well, though not in a shippy way, but a good depiction of their friendship.

Yes, Gully did come out of nowhere and was a bit wait? what? I assumed it was from a previous book not an audio.

I don't particularly object to science fantasy in Doctor Who, so long as it knows that's what its doing, but I did think Colgan was much better at the character work than the action stuff - I was often bit confused what was going on in some of the more actiony sequences, and very confused about Ji Woo's set-up, how it was supposed to work (even without Rempath's in the wiring) and quite how it fit into Gully's plans.