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Doctor Who: Paradox Lost - George Mann The Doctor, Amy, and Rory wind up in London in 2789, just in time to see an android dredged from teh Thames. But how could a model of android that's just been created be almost a thousand years old? And what does its warning to the Doctor mean?

I'm not sure why I originally picked this up since I pretty much swore off reading George Mann after so-so experiences with [b:The Affinity Bridge|3472342|The Affinity Bridge (Newbury and Hobbes, #1)|George Mann|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348421888s/3472342.jpg|3513645], [b:The Osiris Ritual|6066181|The Osiris Ritual (Newbury and Hobbes, #2)|George Mann|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1285692392s/6066181.jpg|4833958], and [b:Ghosts of Manhattan|6058062|Ghosts of Manhattan (The Ghost, #1)|George Mann|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1332245517s/6058062.jpg|6234174]. I think what sold me is that the plot description reminded me of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where they found Data's severed head in a cave beneath San Francisco.

This Doctor Who novel was actually the best Eleventh Doctor novel I've read so far. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory were portrayed with more accuracy than I've encountered in the past. The supporting characters, Arven the Android and Archibald Angelchrist, an old man with a past of adventuring, did their part more than adequately.

The plot is a pretty good one and could easily have been an Doctor Who episode. While the Doctor goes back to 1910 to investigate, Rory and Amy stay put in 2789 to check on Professor Gradius, a scientist conducting time travel experiments, only to run into trouble on their own. There's some timey-whimey and the two plotlines converge, complete with running away and the Doctor saving the day.

The threat, the Squall, are a batlike species of hive-minded aliens who invade the two points in time via a rift created by Gradius' experiments. Even though I knew all the main characters would survive, things got pretty tense a few times. The Doctor wrapped things up nicely and the epilogue was pretty fitting.

For once, everything is fish fingers and custard. This is probably as close to a 4 that I'll ever give a Doctor Who novel.