Nagisa Furukawa wrote:
By the time we get to the Virgin New Adventures, he is THE Doctor. The definitive one. Been re-reading many of my favorites in this series (surprised Lonemagpie said earlier he disliked 7 as he did quite well with him in Sanctuary, although on the other hand, he isn't anywhere near as magnetic on the page as Guy and Benny) and he's just got everything, everything that makes me love the character of the Doctor rolled up in one amazing package. The light, the darkness, the eccentric in-between, everything.
Yeah, but in the books you don't have Sylv's acting limitations screwing things up!
(Look, Sylv's a great guy in real life, but he's just not the Doctor...)
And essentially he's being run by a different production team than on TV, so that makes a big difference.