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Timewyrm: Exodus

by Terrance Dicks

Review by Phillip Gray

Timewyrm: Exodus really is an excellent novel and it also reaffirms my belief that given the right circumstances Terrance Dicks can write well. It is a slight nuisance reading the second novel in a sequence and not the first, but the novel admittedly does stand very well on its own.

Review by Graham Howard

Exodus is brilliant! I feared that a 'Nazi victory in WWII' type plot is something of a cliché, but the story is so compelling that it doesn't matter. In my opinion the characterisations of the Seventh Doctor and Ace were perfect. The Doctor comes across as being both mysterious and in control while still being vulnerable and fallible. These are traits which I believe McCoy attempted to display in Seasons 25 and 26, but which I found far more convincing in Exodus. I look forward with anticipation to Terrance Dicks' next book.

Review by Fleur Hardman

Personally I loved Exodus. It had that 'impossible to put down' quality that made it possibly the best Doctor Who book ever. I had to keep reminding myself that it was Terrance Dicks as it bore no similarity to his usually juvenile efforts. All I can say is roll on Apocalypse.

Review by Christopher Owen

It's good, but I think they can do better. If Terrance Dicks did pad out the story the entire first section would be my pick for appended material. However I seriously doubt that this is the type of book that will introduce Doctor Who to new readers. Too broad and too deep, my foot; the Doctor's impersonation of a Nazi official is something out of a Christmas pantomime. I don't think Dicks quite worked out who the major villains of the novel were. Instead of ending with a bang it ended with a whimper.

Review by David Lawrence

I don't think I've ever enjoyed a Doctor Who book as much as I did Exodus. By the time I got to page 50 I was unable to stop reading, despite wanting to get to bed early. I couldn't believe this was the same Terrance Dicks who'd written Planet of the Giants, An Unearthly Child or scores of awful Tom Baker novels. Terrance's work on the Jon Pertwee era is evident - here we have a classic story with all the right elements of earlier stories. The characters are perfect - for example Lieutenant Hemmings reflects the values of older military characters from the series. Everything is accounted for plot-wise and there are no gaping holes or problems. Terrance's characterisations of the Doctor and Ace are spot on, although the Doctor's lack of compassion for the man murdered by the canal seemed a little harsh. Particularly well depicted was the Doctor's brilliant authoritative role as 'Herr Doktor' - screaming in German, bellowing orders... just the sort of thing Hartnell, Troughton or Pertwee would have done in the same situation. (Just the sort of thing they did do in that situation! The Reign of Terror and The War Games spring to mind). Being one of the few people around who looks upon Hitler as a genius, as well as a madman, I was relieved to see that he was not portrayed as just a screaming fascist with a bowel disorder. But the most important thing is that the plot is not predictable! I was constantly guessing and I had no idea who the returning villain at the end would be. Terrance, what can I say? Thank you for one of the most enjoyable reads ever!

This item appeared in TSV 26 (December 1991).

Index nodes: Timewyrm: Exodus