(ISBN 0-426-20497-2)







 Turkey, 2003: Bernice

 and Jason join two

 rival expeditions

 attempting to find

 Noah's Ark. While



 beliefs, the other

 relies on a more

 exact science - but

 both paths lead to

 the same revelation.

 And, as the region

 moves ever closer

 to war, they uncover

 the key to a timeless

 mystery and terrible

 The Doctor and Chris

 are called in TO HELP 

 as countless numbers

 flee THE biological

 terror. The world is

 about to undergo a

 new genesis. While

 Chris gets himself a

 job with NASA, the

 Doctor must unravel

 the ties between THE

 MOON, Mount Ararat,

 and an ancient exodus.
 Mankind faces THE

 apocalypse. But can

 the aid of aN older


 companions past and

 present, prevent the

 planet being twisted

 into the image of a

 long-dead world?


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Eternity Weeps







To look at the cover of Eternity Weeps, once could quite easily take it for any

old piece of ultramodern pulp fiction. The gaping hole where the Doctor Who logo should

be portentously foreshadows the end of an era, whilst Jim Mortimore’s sparse use of the Time Lord himself in his story only serves to compound the reader’s mounting feeling of unease. This novel is, for all intents and purposes, a Bernice Summerfield New Adventure with the Doctor as her companion, as opposed to vice versa. Nevertheless, irrespective of however one may want to categorise this book, Eternity Weeps is completely and utterly brilliant. In fact, I’d go so far as to hail it as Mortimore’s finest  novel to date.


Now although Ive never questioned Mortimore’s talent for creating outstanding science-fiction works, it does have to be said that I haven’t got on tremendously well with all of his books - Parasite in particular stands out as a particularly vapid experience. To my eyes though, Eternity Weeps is Mortimore with all the fat trimmed away; fast-paced, fierce and entirely engrossing. Of course, the story is heavily grounded in some pretty serious science-fiction, but not to such an extent that a reader such as myself would either get lost or lose interest. As much as I enjoyed Blood Heat, for example, I couldn’t describe it as a page-turner. This book though, I really couldn’t put down.


I think a lot of this has to do with how the story is told. Doctor Who novels seldom employ

the first person narrative as a storytelling device, and I really can’t think why – this piece proves that, providing the author has the character from whose perspective he is writing nailed, then first person narration can suck the reader in much more effectively than more traditional third person prose does. Even though this novel is written in the past tense, the events depicted therein have a real immediacy about them; you feel like you are there and these things are unfolding before you. This device also allows the author to show just how Benny and Jason’s marriage crumbles from each of their points of view; Benny narrates

the first chapter, Jason narrates the second, and so on and so forth.


Whilst I’m on the subject, the decision to have Benny and Jason divorce so soon after their nuptials seems a strange one to me, especially considering how well Jason comes across

in this book. To be fair, I’ve liked Jason ever since his first appearance back in Death and Diplomacy, but everything that we know about him has either been gleaned from Benny’s point of view or from an omniscient one; one of which is, obviously, incredibly biased. And

so to get inside this guy’s head was interesting in itself; all those foibles that Benny seizes upon in her diary are there, present and correct, but what I found endearing was that Jason

is fully aware that he can be a cowardly, blundering idiot - he just isn’t quite sure how he can overcome his flaws! In this book he ends up doing some of the most stupid things you can imagine – trying to change history, for example – just to prove that he is not what he is and earn Benny’s respect but, in the end, as the Doctor so giftedly puts it: “by exercising his free will, Jason has in fact become an agent of predestination.” And by the end of the book, he has also become a divorcé.


However, it’s only the first half of the novel that dwells heavily on the breakdown of Benny

and Jason’s relationship, and even then they are separated and wrapped up in the most horrifying of adventures. On balance I think that I enjoyed this first half of the story more than second; imagine Indiana Jones, only with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez at the helm rather than George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and you‘ll have a fair idea of what

to expect here. As this story deals with some very real and present dangers like terrorism, hostage situations and killer viruses I found it to be much more chilling than I would have done a book about, say, Daleks or Cybermen. Especially in the early stages of this book,

the ‘baddies’ are bad humans with guns who don’t mess about explaining the finer details

of their plans so that they you may thwart them – they just shoot you in the face and force

your friends to bury you. But, at least so far as the terror content goes in this novel, this hard-edged realism is only the tip of the iceberg, for as well as being Mortimore’s best, Eternity Weeps is also the most horrific Doctor Who novel that I have ever read.



For starters, the Earth of 2003

is decimated by a virus; and not

just any virus. Agent Yellow is

frightening not only in how it is

able to wipe out billions of lives

so swiftly, but also in the manner

in which it does so. Simply put, it

burns them alive from the inside

out. Their blood becomes acid

and their bodies flame. And, in what I feel was a masterstroke, Mortimore has Liz Shaw - one of the Doctor’s former associates - die in this most gruesome, agonising fashion. Liz crops up in this novel as little more than an extra; no fuss is made by the author at all over

her identity. In fact, save for a veiled reference to the events of Blood Heat on Benny’s part, Liz’s importance to the Doctor is barely acknowledged and she certainly never meets him

in the narrative. I thought that rather than detract from the weight of her death, Liz’s reduced role in the proceedings only served to make each and every death on Earth – and believe me, there are billions – seem that much more significant. I mean, everyone who dies could be as important to someone as Liz is to the Doctor; indeed, much more so in most cases. But the way that she dies… I can see why some have lambasted it. It’s unspeakably graphic; her whole body just melts away, burning. The way that she stares up from the operating table at Chris - who couldnt bring himself to carry out a mercy killing - through her one remaining eye is truly harrowing. And because the eyelid on her remaining eye has also been burned away, she can’t do anything but stare at him. Doctor Who hasn’t given me nightmares since

I was a small child but I now have the distinct feeling that tonight this trend will be overturned.


“I have walked in Eternity. And Eternity weeps.”


Eternity Weeps, as any reasonable person may gather from the title, is grim. It’s brutal and it’s savage and it’s overpoweringly sad. In his notes in both the front and back of the book, the author documents the recent personal tragedies of his own life in some detail, and so I wouldn’t be surprised if Eternity Weeps is some twisted form of catharsis on his part. But regardless, were I Colin Booth Mortimore, the author’s late father, I would be honoured to have such an awesome and thrilling novel dedicated to my memory. There aren’t many Who novels that can be described as being truly ‘edge of the seat’ stuff, but this one certainly can. I couldn’t stop reading and I couldn’t stay sat down.


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