Doctor Who: Timewyrm-Apocalypse

Doctor Who Timewyrm Apocalypse The end of the Universe The end of everything The TARDIS has tracked the Timewyrm to the edge of the Universe and the end of time to the lush planet Kirith a paradise inhabited by a physically perfec

  • Title: Doctor Who: Timewyrm-Apocalypse
  • Author: Nigel Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780426203599
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • The end of the Universe The end of everything.The TARDIS has tracked the Timewyrm to the edge of the Universe and the end of time to the lush planet Kirith, a paradise inhabited by a physically perfect race Ace is not impressed Kirith has all the appeal of a wet weekend in Margate, and its inhabitants look like third rate Aussie soap stars The Doctor is troubled, toThe end of the Universe The end of everything.The TARDIS has tracked the Timewyrm to the edge of the Universe and the end of time to the lush planet Kirith, a paradise inhabited by a physically perfect race Ace is not impressed Kirith has all the appeal of a wet weekend in Margate, and its inhabitants look like third rate Aussie soap stars The Doctor is troubled, too If the Timewyrm is here, why can t he find her Why have the elite Panjistri lied consistently to the Kirithons they govern And is it possible that the catastrophe that he feels impending is the result of his own past actions

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    1. So far, this series of books has been okay.  The worst book so far still felt a bit like a Doctor Who story from that era.  In this book, though, it goes spectacularly badly wrong.  So far, the Doctor has accidentally created the Timewyrm in book one, and prevented it from meddling in history in boom two.  In this book, it tries to build a machine that has all the knowledge in the universe, and has experienced all the emotions, which therefore makes it as powerful as God.  What?  Really? [...]

    2. This book is often lamented as being one of the worst NAs and, frankly, it is. But it isn't that bad. There are some redeeming parts to the story and it is only 200 or so pages.Apocalypse ends up being on the same level of quality as Genesys. I know the range was new, but two duds in the initial four book run would have been worrying.The novel is another Doctor Who paint-by-numbers with a seeming utopia run by a mysterious few with dark secrets. Yes there are the mysterious outsider that cause a [...]

    3. Has I have been reading the Timewyrm novels that started off the Virgin New Adventures, I have noticed that these early novels tend to be hit and miss. They got off to a wooden beginning with Timewyrm Genesys before picking up greatly in Timewyrm: Exodus. As I came to this novel I wondered if it would be a hit or a miss in terms of success. The answer is for the most part is that it is a miss. The novel's single largest hit or miss is in the characterization of the seventh Doctor and Ace. The hi [...]

    4. Despite dealing with ostensibly big and serious matters such as entropy and the end of the universe, this is the most child friendly of the Timewyrm books thus far. Actually, I’ve already started reading the fourth one and so know that this is the most child friendly of all the Timewyrm books. (It does seem odd to me that you would launch a series of Doctor Who books with four interconnected novels, and not aim for a greater consistency of tone.) I wrote in my review of Terrence Dicks’ ‘Ti [...]

    5. I actually thought this was quite good, so far my favorite of the Timewyrm storyline. It's definitely not fine literature, but everyone is drawing it to be an unreadable mess. What I got was a fun romp, where it's admittedly better to keep your brain shut off, but that's basically what I came to expect of Doctor Who novels.If this is, as Brendon says, one of the worst entries in DW:NA, my hopes for the series are high. :)

    6. Timewyrm: Apocalypse is the third volume of the Virgin PublishingDoctor Who New Adventures opening "Timewyrm" series. The story features the Seventh Doctor and Ace. The TARDIS lands on a planet that seems to be perfect, which Ace, of course, immediately dislikes. The Doctor, however, surprisingly also dislikes the planet - finding the peace and harmony, and content people to be artificial. He and Ace decide they must figure out what's going on after rescuing a young man who falls off a cliff, in [...]

    7. Rated one of the lowest in the New Adventures range.I think this book is average. Good in some areas. Nothing terrible but nothing great.The shortest New Adventure at 20o pages. The book also teases the next series, The Cat's Cradle trilogy by Ace seeing something in the corner of her eye in the tardis which was a mysterious cat. The Doctor and Ace are still on the hunt for the Timewyrm and takes them to the end of the universe. We learn of the civilisation on the planet and the Panjistri govern [...]

    8. Definitely the weakest of the Timewyrm Quartet so far. Thankfully it was only 200 pages, at least it was quick. On to the conclusion! Maybe if these stories had ended up being condensed and made a portion of the cancelled Season 27, it could've worked.

    9. Loved the inclusion of the 2nd Doctor and mentions of Ben, Polly, Victoria, Jamie, and Zoe. That Timewyrm is one hard bitch to kill!

    10. No. Just basically, just no.Timewyrm: Apocalypse is the third book in the Doctor Who New Adventures. Unlike the first two books, with their wide canvas of storytelling and attempts (for better or worse) at depth of characterisation, Apocalypse is heavily reminiscent of a serial from the classic TV series. In all the wrong ways, that is.It's a fairly classic sci-fi scenario: the Doctor and Ace arrive on a world of sedate, happy people, who owe their livelihood to mysterious aliens who landed a fe [...]

    11. Education is power25 January 2012 This is one of those stranger of the Doctor Who stories. For the first time in the series (though it is book three) the Doctor and Ace arrive on an alien planet that has no connection with Earth. Upon arrival the they encounter a race of peaceful aliens who are under the rule of another race of aliens who forbid them from learning advanced technology such as space travel. Investigations reveal that these aliens are more than they seem and that they are developin [...]

    12. Though it seemed that The Doctor might have destroyed the Timewyrm – the villainous creature he helped created in Mesopotamia in the first Timewyrm novel – he knows it is only in hiding, redrawing its strength before another attack. Picking up the creatures signal, he travels with Ace to the planet of Kirith. Here they meet a planet of Adonis’s and goddesses, in something resembling paradise. This is Doctor Who, so we know straight away that something is rotten in this place of wonder. Soo [...]

    13. In the ongoing search for the mysterious villain known as the Timewyrm, the Doctor and Ace find them on Kirith, a wet but otherwise idyllic planet on the edge of the known universe. As with the previous two novels in the story, we know up front that the Timewyrm is the cause of the issue (they land on Kirith because the TARDIS is trying to track the Timewyrm down) but it takes a while to figure out how exactly the Timewyrm is involved. As a matter of fact, it takes way too long to figure out wha [...]

    14. This was not as abysmal as I expected it to be. With a (as of this moment) 2.86 stars out of 5 I expected it to be pretty unbearable. After all, Genesys managed a 3.1 rating and that one was majorly terrible. But thankfully this was better than Genesys. It wasn't spectacular, but it was acceptable. The thing that's best about it is that Ace and the Doctor seem to be fairly well in character. Also it's short and a quick read so the faults don't have too much time to start to grate on the nerves. [...]

    15. Can NOT make my mind up about this one. Part of me thinks it was clever and excellent, reminiscent of the best of the Patrick Troughton era, and part of me thinks it was a largely tedious slog with a severe lack of interesting characters and a very rushed ending. Oh! And the twist was so blindingly obvious it barely registered as one at all. ARGH! Still undecided. It was certainly the NA which has taken me the longest to read so far, seeing as I just dropped it to read 'A Game of Thrones' when I [...]

    16. A Flawed but Serviceable Sequelto the far superior Timewyrm: Exodus and suffers for that proximity. Although heavy-handed and overwrought, this instalment is more-or-less in line with the sorts of plots offered by the last season of the 7th Doctor's tenure. Its key failings lie in the histrionic narration, broad-brush, star trek style world building (Kirith is painfully flat as a setting), and some bizarre pacing; much space is given to discovery of predictable facts (the Timewyrm's identity) an [...]

    17. And so we reach book three of the NAs. And it's slightly disappointing, in that Robinson doesn't seem ready to embrace the possibilities that even Peel managed in the first book - this reads even more like a Target novelisation with reliable cardboard cut-out characters and a muddy justification for the villain that had to do with an earlier incarnation of the Doctor. (Although to be fair, this was a relatively new idea within the series - on TV the Doctor almost never encountered the results of [...]

    18. Written in a tiresomely hyperbolic fashion without much actual thought about the meaning of words: the phrase 'faster than the speed of thought' is tossed around with reference to things that patently would need to think before acting, and the characters are showered with 'lethal shards of glass' without anyone actually getting killed. The workmanlike prose aside, the plot is bobbins: Ace is vital to a 5000 year scheme because her aggression and frustration make her 'unique'? It's a shame the Pa [...]

    19. This is an interesting Doctor Who adventure. The book certainly has it's flaws, but there are elements of the story that I really liked, especially the elements relating to the Second Doctor attempting to pass a message along to the Seventh.This story also shows a lot of what they can do now that they're freed from the constraints of BBC standards and practices. The first book in the series amped up the sexuality somewhat to something more frank than pretty much anything that the original series [...]

    20. Quite a terrible book. The first of the New Adventures that I've struggled to engage with.The premise is pretty standard stuff but would have been entertaining if Robinson showed any interest in either the plotline or the characters that he's writing. There's not a single moment in this book that does anything you didn't expect or advances a character in any meaningful way. The plot twists fail to engage, the larger Timewyrm arc is unexplored (again, beyond the obvious)and the characters all run [...]

    21. Timewyrm: Apocalypse reads like a fan-fic script that Nigel Robinson had written in the early 80's: meaning its almost to a T a replica of anything Doctor Who offered from 1972-1987. There's two alien races battling for equality within its own planetary bureaucracy,90% of the story involves giving the audience way too much information about said alien bureaucracy, and none of our beloved heroes ever truly needs to step out of his/her convenient little characterization bubbles. But, hey: at least [...]

    22. It could have been good. The god machine is interesting enough, and the twist of who the Timewyrm has taken this time could have had spectacular emotional fallout. Unfortunately, it all falls very, very flat. A lot of subplots that the book spends a lot of time lead nowhere, such as that of the food source. Others are just padded as hell. Despite being a very short book, for about 90% of the time, nothing happens. The handful of scenes with the genetically engineered monster are disturbing, but [...]

    23. Ace's face on the cover says it all. This starts out as a very classic-style Doctor Who adventure. There are some tense moments, some scary monsters, some mutants, some evil scientists, and there's even a bit of a social revolution. Towards the end it all got a bit jumbled and started to feel like the story was being needlessly drawn out. ****spoilerish*****I did get pretty close to some of the local characters but, let's face it, this early in the series we all knew they weren't going to add an [...]

    24. Surprisingly, marginally more enjoyable than the first two installments. Don't know if that's because it's actually a bit better - the Timewyrm element is actually less present than in the second book, which seems to me a good thing - or because my expectations had so lowered that my reading was at nearly a speed run. In any case, at least this lame miniseries will finish off with a book written by Paul Cornell.

    25. This is the quickest read of the Timewyrm series and it seemed as if the author was stretching out the story just to fill in the space that he did. There were a lot of scenes that really didn't need to be there and didn't add to the story. It's fun to read but it had a poorly constructed plot so I could only give it 3 stars.

    26. While this early entry in Virgin's who series has some excellent characterization, everything else falls way short. The plot is severely lacking and doesn't make a lick of sense when you stop and think about it. The whole story is plagued with major plot holes, and the idea of the Doctor talking to an old incarnation was done just two books ago!

    27. After the mind bogglingly lousy writing in Genesys, I thought the Timewyrm series had plumbed the nadir of what it has to offer and got on with the better bits, but I was sorely mistaken.An omniscient narrator gives us a bird's eye view of the story, explicating character motivations instead of letting their actions and well crafted development do so. Lazy, boring storytelling.

    28. This book is not so much a Doctor Who book but a pulp science fantasy novel from the 70s. There is very little reason to have the Doctor and Ace in it (apart from one shameless and unnecessary callback scene towards the end) and even less so the Timewyrm.The book was, frankly, a waste of my time.

    29. Another good entrant in the New Adventures. This one sets up some nice mysteries and maintains good tension throughout. I feel it's let down a little bit by a few elements at the end, but up until there, it's grand.

    30. A strange book indeed. Stylish prose, great use of the regular charactersl in vain, as the plot is duller than ditch-water. Nigel Robinson ususally produces a much higher quality "Doctor Who" product that this disappointing effort.

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