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Falls the Shadow (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 29th April 2008 (14)
Tags: Novel

Summary:It was supposed to be nothing more than a seaside holiday for two old friends to relax and recharge, but something went wrong. Then a lot of things went wrong. Now, as Ace deals with the emotional fallout of a realization that could put an end their decade-long friendship, the Doctor discovers something potentially deadly about the world on which they've stopped. And then the darkness falls.

This was recced on Calufrax, and one of the things said was that it made Seven/Ace work. I'm afraid that, for me, it didn't work, mainly because my brain melts at the idea of 'shipping those two. But it was close. The portrayal of Ace in particular was excellent. And it was very good at capturing their closeness, how they know each other and surprise each other and fight and sacrifice and save.

The story itself, the plot and style, that was a big win, too. Really creepy menace, and no obvious way to combat it.

Lost Luggage and Lost Souls (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 24th May 2011 (2)
Tags: Novella, Adventure
Characters: Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane
(115K, 20338 words)

Summary: Because listing bus stations as something you hate just begs writers to put you there. The Seventh Doctor and Ace join an odd cast of characters in time to get held hostage, and the Doctor remembers why he prefers saving worlds to smaller crises.

This story is very well told. The small cast of supporting characters are painted vividly. They each give us their own unique point of view on the situation, the other characters, and the Doctor himself. That would be good enough, but when the gunmen burst into the bus station it all goes from bleak and dull to bleak and very very dangerous. This isn't a situation where the Doctor is pulling all the strings. Each character reacts differently, some nobly and some ignobly, with fear and courage, suspicion and trust, stupidity and cleverness. The Doctor himself shows the full range of the character of Seven, from the friendly uncle who is good with children, through to the chilling fury of the Oncoming Storm.

Quote: "Do you have any clue who I am? What I am? You have no idea what I'm capable of. I have no idea what I'm capable of, except that I've yet to reach my limits, and if you had any inkling of what I've done in just this lifetime, that would make you quake."