Doctor Who: Kursaal (1998) by Peter Anghelides

Following up Alien Bodies was always going to be a monumental task. I guess, to its credit, Kursaal isn’t an embarrassment like The Eight Doctors or War of the Daleks. It’s not a particular success though. The Eighth Doctor’s memory being a story point, werewolves, science-fiction settings, Sam getting a story with environmentalist elements, all…

Doctor Who: Alien Bodies (1997) by Lawrence Miles

A wonderfully creative, innovative, mad story bursting with imaginative ideas. My issue with this Eighth Doctor Adventures range has been how concerned it has been with the past, when it’s featuring a new Doctor and would be better served creating a new distinct era of its own rather than pandering to eras of the past.…

Doctor Who: War of the Daleks (1997) by John Peel

This is a very strange novel. I’ve complained about how so many novels in this range have focused too much on looking at old characters and stories, plumbing the depths of Doctor Who’s continuity, instead of trying to forge a new identity and era for Doctor Who, with the Eighth Doctor. This book absolutely is…

Doctor Who: Genocide (1997) by Paul Leonard

This novel has a strong premise that plays well into this Doctor’s characterisation, but as with the poorer entries in this range, squanders its potential and elects to instead descend into plumbing the depths of the show’s continuity. Remember this? Remember that? Remember UNIT, Benton, remember Jo Grant? Remember Doctor Who having unique, iconic eras…

Doctor Who: The Bodysnatchers (1997) by Mark Morris

A regression after the excellent last entry in the series, regressing back to the continuity-heaviness of The Eight Doctors instead of the forward-thinking of Vampire Science. Sam’s characterisation works well and feels like a natural progression from the last book, but the Doctor’s characterisation is a lot wobblier, and as the book doubles back and…

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Director Taika Waititi wisely abandons the many things that weren’t working for the Thor series of films, and makes what basically amounts to an outright comedy, with “Thor: Ragnorak”. The occasional glimpses of what a non-comedy version of the film may have looked like are actually pretty intriguing (I felt damned teased by the gorgeous…

Geostorm (2017)

Geostorm wasn’t directed by Roland Emmerich, the man behind many iconic disaster movies, but by Dean Devlin, the man who wrote many of those iconic disaster movies. It plays like an attempt at a “best of” those movies, its ludicrous premise (Gerard Butler goes into space to uncover a political conspiracy sabotaging a satellite system…