Matthew's Reviews > Doctor Who: Blood Heat

Doctor Who by Jim Mortimore
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Apr 25, 08

bookshelves: doctor-who
Recommended for: Pertwee fans; Who fans wanting a really good story arc for a change
Read in April, 2008

Tons of action. Chase scenes, gunfights, dinosaur attacks, aerial combat... you name it. It may not be the most poetic or literate novel in the NA series, but when it comes to heart-pounding action and adventure, Blood Heat is damn near perfect.

The NA series had gone on a bit of a rough stretch up until Blood Heat was released. A few of the books weren't bad, but from the previous six novels you had Deceit, which was drab, Shadowmind, a complete disaster, and Iceberg, a tad boring with a slightly out of character Doctor. Leave it to Jim Mortimore to get things back on track with the start of a great story arc that would run for the next five books.

The action starts on page one and doesn't let up until the bitter, bitter end (and I do mean bitter). The TARDIS dies, Bernice is flung into the time vortex, and the Doctor and Ace crash land on Earth, 1993... although judging by the dinosaurs roaming around outside, not the Earth as they remember it. What a great way to start a Doctor Who story! There's no silly prologue, no waiting around for the regulars to show up -- Mortimore gets straight to the business at hand, and I love it.

There are plenty of references to the 3rd Doctor and the Pertwee era throughout Blood Heat (the 7th Doctor even aquires his alternate self's sonic screwdriver and TARDIS before the adventure is complete). This novel channels influence from Inferno (one of my all-time favorite serials), Invasion of the Dinosaurs, The Sea-Devils and naturally (given the baddies in this story), Doctor Who and the Silurians. Like Inferno, this story takes place on an alternate Earth. However, the returning characters we encounter are not outright evil, eyepatch wearing fiends -- they're simply the product of a world gone wrong. In this Earth, the 3rd Doctor was permanently killed twenty years prior. Liz Shaw, the Brigadier, Benton, Jo Grant, Harry Sullivan, et al -- all had to go on without the Doctor in an ongoing battle against the Silurians. The Brig in particular, is characterized so well, it's frightening. He's both a bloodthirsty, revenge-seeking madman and a loyal, brilliant hero at the same time. In fact, it's almost more of a Lethbridge-Stewart novel than a Doctor novel.
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