Rip Tide
by Louise Cooper


Publisher: Telos
ISBN: 1 903889 12 X (standard)
1 903889 13 8 (deluxe)

     

    BASIC PLOT
    Idyllic life in a seaside village is disrupted when three aliens arrive. And one of them is quite handsome indeed and calls himself the Doctor.

    DOCTOR
    Eighth.

    COMPANIONS
    None.

    MATERIALISATION CIRCUIT
    Pg 64 A room in a cottage.

    Pg 151 Somewhere nearby the village.

    (The Doctor also takes Ruth back to her homeworld, but we don't witness this, only the dematerialisation on page 143.)

    PREPARATORY READING
    None.

    CONTINUITY REFERENCES
    Pg 42 "A long-haired stranger nursing a ginger beer in one corner" The fourth Doctor also drank ginger beer, in The Android Invasion.

    OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
    None.

    NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
    Nine, Steve, Adam, Ruth, Ruth's parents.

    CONTINUITY COCK-UPS
    None.

    PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
    N/A

    FEATURED ALIEN RACES
    Ruth's species, seven-fingered aliens who can disguise themselves as humans, are allergic to water and speak in a series of clicks (page 136).

    FEATURED LOCATIONS
    A village in Cornwall, plus a variety of boats, present day.

    An alien flier.

    (Ruth's homeworld is visited by the Doctor, but we don't witness this)

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    Rip Tide is a fun little novella, almost childlike in its view of the Doctor and the way he interacts with the world. The only part that doesn't work is unfortunately the key scene where Ruth's brother crashes his flier, where it's written as though we think the book's referring to Steve and Nina instead. However, the various sea motifs are quite nicely done and it's refreshing to have an story that just exists to be an adventure, with no pretensions of being anything else. The sequence where the Doctor starts being reminded of another adventure and then catches himself is utterly hilarious. Fun.