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Doctor Who: Synthespians™ (Past Doctor Adventures #67)

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the 111th century, nostalgia is everything. TV from the 20th century is the new obsession, and on Reef Station One, Dixon of Dock Green and Z-Cars are ratings winners. But an ancient, dying race sees this human outpost as a last hope for survival...and millionaire Walter J Matheson III sees it as a marvelous business opportunity. When the Doctor and Peri arrive they fin...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Random House UK
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At times, it's difficult to figure out just what exactly Synthespians™ is supposed to be. Is it supposed to be a send-up up the popular television shows of the 80s? Is it supposed to be warning to fans about expecting too much for a returning TV favorite? Is it supposed to be an action/adventure story?

What you get is a novel that is all of these things and, unfortunately, ends up being less than the sum of its parts.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy Synthespians™. I did enjoy it while reading it,...more
Michael Battaglia
It can be said that there is a visceral thrill in experiencing synthetic people committing dire and heinous acts that defy all common sense. But we're not here to talk about "Jersey Shore", so why don't we discuss the man in his amazing technicolor uglycoat?

Craig Hinton's novel takes the Sixth Doctor and Peri to a world that has been cut off from the rest of the empire years ago. However, it is also just far enough away to start receiving old transmissions from Earth several thousand years in th...more
I have to admit, if there's anything more challenging than writing a Fifth Doctor novel and bringing out his subtler finer qualities, it's writing a Sixth Doctor novel and doing your level best to keep him from being annoying. Craig Hinton's SynthespiansTM makes a valiant effort at this: there was only one time I found the Doctor acting in a way that seemed actively irritating, and it was done in a way that was mercifully brief. At other points in the book, he had more of an air of just being lo...more
Past Doctor Adventure (PDA) with the sixth Doctor and Peri. If you want to read a competently written Doctor Who book, you can skip this one with a clear conscience. Luck takes a hand too often, there are sequences that turn out to have no point or relevance or which don't mesh with others, and the climax fails to convince. The author keeps tossing in puzzling little irrelevancies that seem to contradict the show, including one bafflingly irrelevant subplot that never comes to a point because it...more
Daniel Kukwa
Two issues keep this novel at only three stars: (1) It's too long -- cut the explanations down, remove many of the more indulgent digressions, and the result would be a much trimmer, streamlined adventure; (2) I don't believe Mr. Hinton captures the 6th Doctor here as well as he did in his sublime "Millenial Rites".

All that aside, as a spoof of television and late-20th century pop culture (especially the 80s), it's a much more satisfying read than the last "Doctor Who" novel to cover similar gro...more
Shannon Appelcline
Hinton's plotting is strong and his characters are usually well-nuanced. But this book is soooo damned slow. For the first 100 pages nothing happens, and even after that, it's no page turner.
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Craig Paul Alexander Hinton was a British writer best known for his work on spin-offs from the BBC Television series Doctor Who. He also wrote articles for science fiction magazines and was the Coordinator of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. He taught mathematics in London, where he was found dead in his home on 3 December 2006. The cause of death was given as a heart attack.

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