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Doctor Who: Anachrophobia (Eighth Doctor Adventures #54)

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Imagine a war. A war that has lasted centuries, a war which has transformed an entire planet into a desolate No Man’s Land. A war where time itself is being used as a weapon.

You can create zones of decelerated time and bring the enemy troops to a standstill. You can create storms of accelerated time and reduce the opposition to dust in a matter of seconds.

But now the war h
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Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 4th 2002 by BBC Books
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May 21, 2013 M rated it liked it
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The best thing about this book is how it goes back to scenes from Doctor Who: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street and does them properly. We finally get to the fact that HOLY CRAP THE DOCTOR LOST A HEART. It's about time someone noticed.

The plot was interesting enough, and even mildly believable (as far as Doctor Who is ever believable). There was an awful lot of running down corridors though. Kept accidentally holding my breath during the mustard gas scenes. The whole adventure was 'textbook'
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James Barnard
Apr 28, 2014 James Barnard rated it really liked it
It’s all too easy to underestimate clever, solid writers like Jonathan Morris. Take this one for instance – it’ll never be remembered as one of the stand out Doctor Who stories or even as one of the stand out BBC Books novels. So, unless you make the random decision to re-read the thing, you won’t be able to remind yourself of just how well-told this great idea is. There’s far more to it than the striking front cover!

Morris likes to use time as a plot device, and he’s very good at it. This is pr
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Katie
Jun 24, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
Just finished this on the train. Ah what a lovely read. One thing about Doctor Who books of this type, I find them quite easy to read in short spaces of time. Considering how slow I am at reading, that's saying something about the quality of the book. It means the storyline is interesting and keeping me involved with what is happening.

I am reading this out of sync with other novels written around the time so there are some references that I don't get, but then Doctor Who is such a big fandom tha
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Maya Panika
Nov 05, 2008 Maya Panika rated it it was ok
There were *some* things I liked about this, the allusions to the first world war and the imagery around that, the ideas about the immutability of Time, the inadvisability of messing with your own time-line, the use of time as a weapon - the time-storms, especially, were terrifyingly executed and excitingly done - The story had tremendous promise but none of it actually went anywhere. Full of loose ends, red herrings and good but not fully thought-through ideas.

As for the clock-face people; I th
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Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it
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http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2302497.html[return][return] I thought this Eighth Doctor story by Jonathan Morris was excellent, and would make the basis of a good TV episode of New Who: the Doctor and companions turn up to help soldiers of a doomed army fighting against the time winds, which age people to death, trap them in perpetual stasis, or indeed transform their faces into clocks. The focus is very much on the Doctor trying to solve the problem with minimal damage to all concerned. I see t ...more
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Feb 12, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Extremely timey wimey and easily one of the best horrors in Doctor Who history. Best read late at night, next to a grandfather clock......
Dane Peterson
May 10, 2013 Dane Peterson rated it it was ok
Started out pretty slow but then got better. Were the last two pages really necessary? That felt like a last minute idea that didn't really fit. It loses half a star just for that!
Simon Curtis
Mar 02, 2010 Simon Curtis rated it it was amazing
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One of my favourite Who novels, with a great setting and good characters, and a great sense of imminent danger. And an excellent villain.
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Jonathan Morris is a prolific writer of Doctor Who fiction. He has contributed to many ranges, in every medium except television. His style has often been compared to that of Douglas Adams, perhaps in part because he dedicated The Tomorrow Windows to Adams. Indeed, this dedication was discussed at length in at least one prominent interview about the book, in which the interviewer's questions and ...more
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