Sonic Screwdriver #101
Is there a pro-Jason faction out there somewhere?
A book "written" by Benny Summerfield: sounds great. With co-writer husband Jason Kane: oh dear. Such is Jim Mortimore’s latest New Adventure. Everyone loves those extracts from Benny’s diary, so this one looked set, despite Jason, to be a winner — Jim Mortimore’s ideas combined with sheer readability. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work out that well.
This book is most certainly not a happy one. Several groups — both archaelogical and military — are searching for the fabled Noah’s Ark. It is Turkey in 2003, and to say the area is unstable would be a gross understatement… Benny and Jason are finding being married a stressful situation. And the Earth is about to suffer massive retribution from the far far past…
Mortimore says he went for a Tarantino approach to this book, and it shows. Don’t get too attached to any of the characters in the book — they probably won’t last long! It’s really just one disaster after another for those caught in the action, involving a long extinct race, Yet Another Mortimore Artifact, and the return (for a bit…) of Liz Shaw. Thankfully, half the prose is really good. And that’s the real problem — the other half is courtesy Jason Kane’s pen.
Let’s face it, Jason is a real prat. He ain’t good enough for our Benny, and what’s more he’s lost all his character since he was introduced by Dave Stone. As far as I can tell, he’s now a Abslom Daak without attitude (and half the intelligence). He’s writing the diary to help get to his real feelings, but when you don’t have any it doesn’t really work! So I ended up finding half this book really annoying and worse, Benny was also going on and on about their problems together. When you couldn’t give a toss about one of those involved — and this being one of the main threads of the book — you’re off to a bad start.
Still, there’s stuff to like. The Astronomer Royal of 16 Alpha Leonis One is a fascinating character — well and truly fitting Jim’s habits of really big complex thingies — and Liz is good for the suprisingly small role she gets (you’ll see what I mean). There’s also a fascinating analogy with The Magician’s Nephew regards those time rings bestowed by the Doctor to Benny and Jason on their wedding day.
But guess what happens? Jason does the big jump into the thick of the plot with the Astronomer Royal, and then proceeds to stuff it up again. I mean, please!
Oh yeah, did I mention the Doctor and Chris? No? Well, that’s probably because Jim forgot to as well. While that’s not necessarily a problem, boy they could have helped in this book.
Sorry, Jim, but this one’s a dud.
Here’s the list of the Doctor Who reviews available here:
→ Benny Adventure: Beyond the Sun
→ Benny Adventure: Deadfall
→ Benny Adventure: Ghost Devices/Mean Streets/Tempest
→ Benny Adventure: The Sword of Forever
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #1
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #2
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #3
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #4
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #5
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #6
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #7
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #8
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #9
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #10
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #11
→ Fanzines: Mag Bag #12
→ Missing Adventure: Dancing the Code
→ Missing Adventure: Downtime
→ Missing Adventure: Invasion of the Cat-People
→ Missing Adventure: Lords of the Storm
→ Missing Adventure: Scales of Injustice
→ Missing Adventure: Shadow of Weng-Chiang
→ Missing Adventure: System Shock
→ New Adventure: Bloodheat
→ New Adventure: Death of Art
→ New Adventure: Dimension Riders
→ New Adventure: Eternity Weeps
→ New Adventure: Falls the Shadow
→ New Adventure: Legacy
→ New Adventure: No Future
→ New Adventure: Sleepy
→ TV: The Curse of Fenric
→ TV: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
→ TV: The Happiness Patrol
→ TV: Season 25 Review
→ TV: Season 27 Review (the 2005 return)
→ TV: The Twin Dilemma
→ Or just head back to the Doctor Who Index
This page last updated by David J Richardson on Wed, 20 Apr 2005.