The Sev­enTh Doc­Tor: The new AD­ven­TureS Vol­ume One

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Pub­lisher Big Fin­ish

The New Ad­ven­tures were a hot­bed of cre­ativ­ity. A line of orig­i­nal Doc­tor Who nov­els pub­lished by Vir­gin Books in the ’90s, they gave early op­por­tu­ni­ties to Mark Gatiss and Paul Cor­nell, and pro­vided Rus­sell T Davies with his first chance to write Who. Big Fin­ish has been adapt­ing high­lights of the se­ries, but this set ven­tures into un­charted ter­ri­tory, with four tales fea­tur­ing Sylvester McCoy’s Doc­tor and com­pan­ions Chris Cwej (Travis Oliver) and Roz For­rester (Yas­min Ban­ner­man).

“Trial Of A Time Ma­chine” is a strong start, a rare story that fore­grounds the idea that the TARDIS is alive. It uses heady SF con­cepts to ex­plore themes of crime, pun­ish­ment and the moral grey ar­eas of polic­ing. “Van­guard” is less mem­o­rable: an en­joy­able but un­o­rig­i­nal fu­ture war tale, where the crew find them­selves on op­pos­ing sides of a con­flict. “The Jabari Count­down”, the high­light, is a nifty mystery story with a spooky is­land, WW2 set­ting and strong char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion.

Clos­ing the set is “The Dread Of Night”, a haunted house story with a suitably sin­is­ter at­mos­phere. A strong set over­all, but the most im­pres­sive as­pect is Ban­ner­man and Oliver who, with McCoy, have grown into a win­ning TARDIS team. Will Salmon

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