Synopsis: A temporal projection of the fourth Doctor warns the seventh Doctor and Ace about the Timewyrm, a cybernetic living data-eater that can take over. Timewyrm: Genesys picks up where the Dr. Who series and the Seventh Doctor left off. The basic plot of the novel is Ishtar the Goddess of Kish has come to visit. Doctor Who New Adventures Timewyrm Genesys.

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Mesopotamia – the cradle of civilization. In the fertile crescent of land on the banks of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, mankind is turning from hunter-gatherer into farmer, and from farmer into city-dweller.

Gilgamesh, the first hero-king, rules the city of Uruk. An equally legendary figure arrives in a police telephone box: And from somewhere amid those distant points of light an evil sentience has tumbled. To her followers in the city of Kish she is known as Ishtar the goddess; to the Doctor’s forebears on ancient Gallifrey she was a mythical terror – the Timewyrm.

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Please try again later. They do things differently there. I quite enjoyed this first part of the Timewrym serial. Peel’s writing has a good flow to it as he builds up the mystery and tension of the plot. I thought he did rather well in capturing the characterization of both the Doctor and Ace and their relationship.

We get some insights into the society and religious norms of ancient Mesopotamia, which while informative, I think is also one of the highlights of the book as Ace is constantly treading and re-evaluating her perceptions of the ancient world and it’s occupants Gilgamesh and Enkidu in particular because of the filter of her ‘modern world’ views.

The threat and actions are fairly typical of a DW story and the twist of how they finally encounter the Timewrym is nice.

Overall, I read the book fairly quickly because it was that engaging and fun to read. So far, this serial is off to a good start. WHO and Mesopotamia, so having a book with both should have been a perfect blend.

Genesys picks up where the Dr. Who series and the Seventh Doctor left off. The basic plot of the novel is Ishtar the Goddess of Kish has come to visit her temple. As the city-states of Mesopotamia existed to house the Gods and Goddesses this would not seem out of place.


But Ishtar is really a fleeing evil sentience, cruel and powerful, it wishes to not just take over the city but the world as well. The only thing between her is the Doctor, Ace, Gilgamesh, the survivors of an alien civilization, and a lot of luck. I would have taken a point away because I felt that the Doctor and Ace were not really acting according to character but the rest of the setting, characters and plot were good enough to overcome that flaw.

Also it seems to be the opening book to a longer series – so I hope it gets better. Or got better as it was published in One person found this helpful.

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Other people might like this a lot. Genesys by John Peel. This was my first Virgin New Adventure! I’m excited to work my way through the series. That said, I know nothing of this book’s reception amongst fans, etc. This book has some clever elements as well as some clunkers, and some serious howlers. And I’ll just mention them here in a nonlinear, stream of consciousness fashion akin to how I jotted them down in my notes.

The character of Gilgamesh felt like a 12th rate Conan clone, except we are qho the opportunity to read a truly epic scene of carnage where Gilgamesh slaughters legions. There is a bloody fight near the beginning, but he is timdwyrm during the scene of the final raid on Ishtar’s temple.

I liked the conceit of whk this be timewtrm version of the Epic of Gilgamesh. I haven’t read it in a while, but some connections struck me as clever. One wonders how language and communication were understood to be taking place back in the Classic series [before the explanation in the New series that the TARDIS translates language].

Are the Doctor and Ace supposed to be speaking English with these ancient Mesopotamians? If there ever was an explanation given for this timewyrk in the Classic series, I’ve missed it. There are some cringers when Mesopotamian characters use modern idioms, such as when Gilgamesh [I think] makes a reference to playing docotr. Some of the sex references felt awkwardly shoehorned in.

It wasn’t that I was offended by them, as they simply felt cynically inserted almost as an obligation, kinda like in the early days of the Sopranos when there would be meetings in the strip club and you’d have naked women dancing in the background Maybe in some of the later novels the sex will feel more organic. I liked the idea that the Doctor can and does erase bits of his memory. Interesting idea and I’m not sure if it is ever returned to.

Reminds me of Sherlock Holmes and his determination to keep his mind uncluttered by excluding what he deems “useless” information. The character of the Doctor seems particularly cranky here and for much of the novel almost acts as if he actively dislikes Ace. Ace also seems to kinda hate the Doctor for much of the novel, except for a line or two at the end.


When Ace implores the Doctor not to send her off with Gilgamesh — for obvious reasons, he is a powerful warrior who has been making advances towards her — the Doctor answers her rape concerns by stating “If you’re worried about your virtue He leaves her with Gilgamesh with the statement “Suffering builds character.

What is up with that, John Peel? Ishtar is often represented in tired Big Timewtrm cliches yelling, and can often be found berating her followers and saying stuff like [and I’m serious]: The novel gets 10, points for having the Doctor reference Hegel. This further fuels my theory that Doc is a Marxist. I thought the stuff with the Third Doctor calls people by the wrong names doesn’t work.

He was supposedly dredged up so as to perform highly technical and sophisticated work on the TARDIS — which was timewyrrm even the seventh Doctor ability — and yet he keeps calling Ace by the name of Jo!? Just when I thought the Timewyrm arc was pitifully handled ala early Davies era by just simply having words mentioned at the story’s doctog or end [“Torchwood,” or “Bad Wolf”], there is a big payoff which I found both clever and unexpected, and seamlessly interweaves this Timewyrm story into the larger three novel Timewyrm arc.

One of my favorite things about genesyz novel was Ace’s bad attitude. She just was not going to put up with the sexual politics, political hierarchies, and social mores of the time she was in. She simply refused to acknowledge the power of kings. Himewyrm Doctor was represented in a much more conservative manner, with him chastising Ace for trying to create “feminism” too early, or something like that. Geness this regard, Ace was written almost in a similar manner to what I love about the fourth Doctor — she only respects only those who earn and deserve respect, and she refuses to respect power simply because it exists.

What would the Doctor of this novel say about a culture that practices female genital mutilation?: Don’t apply your own standards to a culture which is quite different.

The Ace of this novel would do everything in her power to stop it, and bollocks on respecting the practices. Anyway, those are some of my thoughts. This novel was a mixed bag. I’m looking forward to plowing forward, however, and reading the next book in the series: Exodus by Terrance Dicks. See all 9 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Tumewyrm to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping.

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