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.

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The Eighth Doctor’s memory being a story point, werewolves, science-fiction settings, Sam getting a story with environmentalist elements, all fine enough Doctor Who ideas, Eighth Doctor Adventures ideas, not executed in a terrible way, but certainly nowhere near the memorability of Alien Bodies or the effortlessness of Vampire Science. Sam and the Eighth Doctor’s relationship is shifting in interesting ways but this book feels like filler in a series liberating enough that writers could transcend that if they wanted to. Two werewolves, and a giant digger.

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