THIS STORY TAKES
PLACE BETWEEN THE
NOVELS "MARTHA IN
THE MIRROR" AND
"THE MANY HANDS."
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is devastating the
climate. The polar
ice caps are melting.
vast sections of the
Arctic and Antarctic
HAVE BEEN REMOVED
and set inside huge
domes across the
The Doctor and
Martha arrive in
Snowglobe 7 in the
Middle East, hoping
for peace and QUIET.
But they soon FIND
that it's not only ice
that's been preserved
beneath the Dome.
Martha struggles to
help with an infection
sweeping through the
the Doctor FINDs an
alien threat that has
lain hidden since the
last ice age. A threat
that is starting to
Mike Tucker’s seventh Doctor Who novel is built upon some bold, bleak and brill-
iant concepts - the long-term devastation wrought by global warming and the immigration
of the Flisk (a race of alien refugees) alone could sustain several seasons’ worth of some throwaway American science-fiction television series. But in the world of Doctor Who, such innovation is required for every story, and that’s only half the battle. Regrettably sometimes
– just sometimes – even the most breathtaking of ideas refuse to translate into compelling drama, and unfortunately I found this to be the case with Snowglobe 7.
After the first fifty pages or so of wonderful world building, Tucker’s vivid and enthralling near 22nd century Earth gives way to a stale and clumsy, knockdown-runaround corridor romp. Monsters and snow and ice and little else of note.
Nevertheless, some elements of the book do work
rather well. The snow globes themselves are rather a
fascinating concept, as is the notion of their inevitable
corruption and commercialisation. Indeed, I think the
most enduring aspect of Snowglobe 7 is the miserable
but entirely plausible picture that it paints of our future –
it’s like anti-Star Trek!
On the other hand though, all of the characters - perhaps with the exception of Marisha -
are instantly forgettable. Whatever happened to the likes of George Limb and Bev Tarrant? Tucker has proven that he can do better than this. That said, his handling of the two regulars is pristine. Martha is served well by the story, and it is often the Doctor’s zeal that drives the narrative forward, holding the reader’s attention even when all interest in the plot has long since been lost.
Altogether though, Snowglobe 7 is certainly not a patch on The Nightmare of Black Island, Tucker’s seventh Doctor novels, or even his two Big Finish audio plays. And the worst thing of all is that this novel had so much potential. It’s amazing, really: even the most pedestrian
of Doctor Who novels can still contain enough imagination to put a blockbuster Hollywood movie to shame.
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