Sunday, 13 January 2013

Doctor Who: Paradox Lost

George Mann
BBC Books

'The Squall feed on psychic energy. They spread like a plague and if they are not stopped they will strip the Earth clean...'

 London 1910: an unsuspecting thief finds himself confronted by grey-skinned creatures that are waiting to devour his mind. London 2789: the remains of an ancient android are dredged from the Thames. When reactivated it has a warning that can only be delivered to a man named 'the Doctor'.
The Doctor and his friends must solve a mystery that has spanned over a thousand years. If they fail, the deadly alien Squall will devour the world.

Mann is the author of the Newbury & Hobbes steampunk series. Those are a fun bit of sci-fi romping and he's pretty much continued with that idea here.

The Doctor, Amy & Rory arrive in future London just in time to see an android dragged from the Thames. The android delivers a stark warning to the Doctor of events from 1910. Off he goes leaving Amy & Rory to search for the androids owner a Professor researching time travel. The two find the Prof (dead) along with the android - timey whimey stuff - and escape into the past to avoid the nasty Squall creatures.

The Doctor meanwhile teams up with an aged secret agent called Professor Angelchrist to battle the Squall. The Doctor is in full on invention mode and Angelchrist is an intriguing creation especially when paired with the android Arven.

As suspected this was an entertaining romp that straddled the gap between steampunk and the Doctor.

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