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Every writer takes a different approach to Doctor Who This might be the most unusual the story unfolds in a series of diary entries, by Ian, the Doctor, a Roman soldier, and others While interesting, I did note that we don t get diary entries from Vicki, the new companion This is her first adventure with the doctor as a companion, and we learn very little of her, other than her abilities to panic easily and scream loudly Perhaps that s why she doesn t get her own diary entries, there are only so many ways to document screeching The Doctor fiddles of a sort, but it sounds odd to say The Doctor lyres , Rome burns, and every lives,or less, happily ever after. An ok adaptation of a Hartnell story Unfortunately, most of the comedic sequences seem to have been missed out Ian and Barbara winding each other up about getting ice from the freezer etc , and the almost constant use of alliteration becomes somewhat distracting Having said that, Cotton tells the story very well, and the prose is certainly not dumbed down for younger readers Very much worth reading. I absolutely adore the TV Episode The blend of comedy and gravitas storytelling I think was nailed perfectly You can tell William Hartnell had a personal enjoyment recording this story The fans were very mixed on this story during its original transmission, and people still are mixed about The Romans I can t say the same about the novelisation I know it s trying to go for something different in the delivery of the story It goes for internal monologues, diary entries from the point of view of the Doctor and Ian when their stories are being told It s a cool way to tell the story because it s a historical, so it makes sense however, I am sadly not a fan and it doesn t work Shame. Probably the most entertaining Doctor book I have read so far I liked that the author wrote the book in a series of journal entries letters and such It was a creative way to do it And it was hilarious to hear things through the Doctor s point of view, especially since most books he seems callous and mean It almost had a Terry Pratchett feel to it The downside of this book is that it contains a majority of Roman story cliches It s one big cliche, so much so I wonder if it was suppose to be a parody. This novelization is even funnier andlighthearted than the original story Of Donald Cotton s three novelizations, all humorous, The Myth Makers is the best But The Romans has a farcical humor to it that makes it an enjoyable read Especially humorous are Ian s diary entries addressed to his former Coal Hill schoolmaster, that describe the various life threatening predicaments he has been forced to endure as a Roman slave There is much murder and intrigue about, but it s handled so funnily that it doesn t come across as graphic The story takes place in Nero s Rome, just before the Great Fire, and, uniquely, for a Doctor Who book, is told in letters and diary entries from the main characters, all framed by the story of Tacitus trying to compile all of the documents together to send to his doubtful publisher Vicki is underused, and the Doctor is mostly unwitting and bumbling here. 42 WORD REVIEW Without reference to the televised serial, this odd and irreverent epistolary novelisation comes across as something of a fever dream Even in context, it takes liberties in elevating and expanding upon the plot s farcical elements Nonetheless, a funny and uncommonly erudite read. I found this book in a box while I was cleaning in the Garage I am not sure why I saved the book, but I decided to give it a read While I am sure this Doctor Who adventure made for great TV The book version of this adventure was a rather disorganized read The story is told from discovered historical documents or diary entries This taints the story drasticly from one characters point of view to the other This point of view might have been interesting at one time, but I found it very anoying in this case The characters are all ignorant of their surroundings, very opinionated and for the most part totally delusional as to what is happening around them It was a bit anoying while I m sure the writer of the book was trying to be amusing.Do not get me wrong, the book is amusing and a very very fast short read The book is so short that any problems can be over looked simply because you will be done so quickly. I didn t even like reading Bram Stoker s Dracula because of the journal format, which was completely inappropriate for a horror novel It s hard to capture excitement when someone is hurridly jotting down their thoughts before they get killed by a vampire While The Romans is not at the horror suspense level, it definitely detracts from the normal Who narrative having the story boiled down to scraps of journal entries Evenconfounding, the narratives are found by Tacitus, a Roman scholar So the Doctor, who is cautious about leaving traces of himself behind lest the Time Lords track him down a common theme throughout the early seasons , just randomly leaves a pile of documents that proves his existence as a traveler of Time and Space Seems a little suspect to me.Characterization was flawed was not impressed. Donald Cotton was chosen to novelise this story on the basis of the original author being dead, and his novelisations of his own comically inclined Hartnell stories Cotton chooses to tell the story in an epistolary format, including delightfully ridiculous conceits such as Ian writing letters home He plays up the absurd at every opportunity, from the Doctor s delusions of his musical prowess to the farcical moments where characters just miss each other Like the best comedies it has the benefit of brevity, giving us a short but sweet routine before getting off the stage. ^E-PUB ⇔ Doctor Who: The Romans (Doctor Who library) ↺ The TARDIS Crew Members Have Taken A Break From Their Adventures And Are Enjoying A Well Deserved Rest In A Luxury Villa On The Outskirts Of Imperial RomeBut In The Gory Grandeur That Is Rome, Things Don T Stay Quiet For Long If The Time Travellers Can Save Themselves From Being Sold As Slaves, Assassinated By Classical Hit Men, Poisoned By The Evil Locusta, Thrown To The Lions, Maimed In The Arena And Drowned In A Shipwreck, They Still Have To Face The Diabolical Might Of The Mad Emperor NeroAs If That Isn T Enough, They Also Discover That, Although Rome Wasn T Built In A Day, It Was Burnt Down In Considerably Less Time