by Mark Chadbourn
"Wonderland" has a classic Who story structure—the Doctor and co. as strangers who come into the protagonist's life at a crisis point and help solve the problem—and Chadbourn juxtaposes that structure very well against his setting. Visits to the US remain rare in Who prose, but San Francisco in the summer of love comes alive. Although they work well, there's not a whole lot of room in a novella to explore Ben and Polly. However, we do get a striking picture of the 2nd Doctor: his views of the hippie culture around him are touching, while reminding us of his alien nature.
"Wonderland" is also a novella about symbolism and my one slight criticism
would be that the symbolic use of elements of Who continuity seemed rather
simplistic compared to the sophistication of the writing in other ways.
Henry Potts, 11 Jun 2003
Originally posted to the Jade Pagoda mailing list.
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