- Series: Doctor Who
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Mti edition (September 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101905816
- ISBN-13: 978-1101905814
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Gary Russell has written over 35 fiction and non-fiction books on subjects including Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings movies, Frasier and The Simpsons. He has served as editor of Doctor Who Magazine, Creative Producer at Big Finish Productions Ltd, and Script Editor at BBC Wales. He now works in at Planet 55 Studios in Australia.
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On the other hand, if you already love Benny, or if you're excited to dip your toes into the Doctor Who EU, then this book is for you! You don't really need to know anything about Benny's backstory or previous adventures; Gary Russell gives you as much as you need.
If you're intrigued by Benny, then I recommend checking out the Big Finish range of Doctor Who and spinoff audio adventures; the New Adventure novels (where the character originated) are good, but most are out of print, hard to find, and many of them are hideously expensive. The good news is that they adapted Love and War, the novel where Benny was first introduced, into an audio drama.
I purchased the audio book, which was very well-narrated by Lisa Bowerman, who has been playing Benny in the Big Finish audio plays for 20 years now. I listened to a Companion Chronicle where she narrated for the Seventh Doctor as well, and while I think she does a much better impression of Sylvester McCoy's incarnation than she does of Capaldi's, overall I'm very happy I went with the audio book instead of the novel.
As for the plot and the prose, the first half has a definite Douglas Adams kind of tone, but it sort of evaporates somewhere along the way; the latter part is more serious and less colorful. The plot is rather convoluted (though not more so than a lot of other Doctor Who stories I've seen/read/listened to). Honestly, if I weren't such a sucker for the idea of Benny meeting the Twelfth Doctor, I might have judged it a bit more harshly. But I can't. Because Benny is awesome. And the Twelfth Doctor is awesome. And thanks to Gary Russell, I got to listen to a story with both of them working together to save the universe.
Deep Time 5 stars. Excellent
Big Bang Generation 4 stars. Good
Royal Blood 2 stars. Should of tried harder.
Can hardly wait for the new season of Doctor Who.
I do believe Mr Russell is a Duran Duran fan (check out the chapter names) which I find very endearing.