Monday, 11 March 2013
Book review: Shada
Roberts' version of Shada keeps the six-part structure the original serial would have had, complete with the big cliffhangers with quick resolutions, and is a fun story of a long-since-retired Time Lord masquerading as a Cambridge don in the knowledge that it's the sort of environment where everyone will be too polite to mention him living several centuries longer than he ought to. An intergalactic megalomaniac with a desire to turn everyone in the universe into versions of himself arrives, and the Doctor is needed to help stop him. The story takes in multiple alien races and an epic prison for rogue Time Lords, so maybe it's best that this is the version we've ended up with, as the original series' technical abilities would have probably struggled with the scale. Instead we get to imagine a look that matches the witty dialogue and clever story, including a fun little twist that I thought was handled quite well. I suspect I enjoyed Shada more as a novel than I would have as a TV serial.