October Books 8) Camera Obscura, by Lloyd Rose

The Eighth Doctor Adventures were getting pretty self-referential by this stage, but this is a good case study – Rose brings the Doctor, Fitz and Anji to a very well realised Victorian Engliand, where they find a rogue time machine and a stage act very reminiscent of a Christopher Priest novel that came out not long before; and there are references to Evil of the Daleks and City of Death which are subtle and not pushed too hard. And Sabbath, a recurring character who had so far failed to engage me, turns into a very interesting adversary here, both a foe and an unwitting ally for the Doctor. One of the good ones.

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