To be honest, I didn't expect much of this, based on not having thought much of the Alchemyst
, but I have to say The Nameless City
worked a whole lot better for me than A Big Hand for the Doctor
It's obvious that Scott knows the Second Doctor's character well, and his companion Jamie, and the era; there was no attempt to "reimagine" it all here in order to make it more palatable for the younger/newer readers - it was just a straightforward, fun adventure with a bit of horror.
Nothing too deep or brilliant - I don't think the short story format really lends itself to in-depth characterisation or multilayered plots - but it had a very "authentic" Second Doctor era feel. Unlike with the first short story where the First Doctor's physical description was about the only thing about him that I recognised, here it was very clear this was Two we were dealing with (behaviour, speech patterns, etc).