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 back onto earlier continuity (eventually devolving into what amounts to combining Terror of the Zygons with The Talons of Weng-Chiang). It’s not that I’m not a fan of those earlier episodes, or of a lot of elements this book brings back from them, but I was an even bigger fan of how the last book paved a new way forward for this new range and the new Doctor starring in it, instead of just shakily rejigging elements from older Doctor Who. I prefer new elements that future writers can than shakily rejig!

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Sam’s endearing characterisation is the saving grace, but the Doctor’s strange characterisation (namechecked delusions of grandeur, and falling back the Fourth Doctor’s characterisation is strange ways – perhaps from the writer emulating The Talons of Weng-Chiang so much). It’s not an unsalvageable mess like The Eight Doctors, but it certainly is a disappointment coming after Vampire Science. Two Zygons and a Skarasen.

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