Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Doctor Who: Shada by Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts

It's quite a trick to maintain a comedic light tone and a convincing, disturbing villain for over 400 pages, but the delightful Doctor Who: Shada pulls it off. Even if, like me, you've never been a big Doctor Who fan, you'll enjoy this. Starting with an uncompleted television script by Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts masterfully weaves classic scifi cliches into a thoroughly satisfying adventure: there's an archaeological dig leading to the discovery of an item of galaxy conquering power, a secret prison planet, a pleasure planet, a sentient spaceship, and the most popular trope of them all, the helpless geek and the totally hot babe who pursues him despite his dorkiness. I was instantly sucked into the story and finished the 450 pages in a weekend. Comfort food for the scifi fan. Available for preorder for 34% off at Amazon