Published : 2016 by BBC Children’s Books, an imprint of Puffin Books from Penguin Random House Companies.
Rating: 2 and 1/2 stars out of 5.
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
Travel through time and space with the Twelfth Doctor in these six brand new adventures, set in a host of locations across the US and eras from throughout US history.
An invisible spacecraft turns up at the Battle of New Orleans, an alien presence is detected at the 1944 D-Day landings, and ghosts take over New York’s subway tunnels as they’re being dug in the early 1900s…
Filled with mystery, excitement and the Doctor’s trademark wit, these timeywimey stories will delight any Doctor Who fan.
Warning. The sypnosis lies. This book was hardly delightful in my opinion, though it pains me to say it. I’m a massive Whovian and I’m loving The Twelfth incarnation of our Time Lord, but I cannot help but feel this book was such a let down.
The stories were all mediocre at best, and I felt like they were all written with the Tenth Doctor in mind. Usually with Doctor Who novelisations that I’ve read in the past, they’ve been marvellous and I’ve been able to visualise what I was reading in my mind, playing out as an episode with the characters saying their lines.
None of these short stories really screamed the Twelfth Doctor, but nonetheless the premise of the stories sounded exciting initially – The Doctor travelling through America, saving the day and saving people in his usual style. From the 1944 D-Day Landings, to ghosts taking over the New York Subway, the Doctor is faced with various new foes and meets different people to help along the way.
Truthfully, I found most of the supporting characters tiresome and blandly written: they didn’t do an awful lot, and it really was up to The Doctor to save their skins. I present the following scene from the story ‘Ghosts of New York:’
“What are you doing?’, Dave hissed.
“Just a quick experiment,” The Doctor said. Then he flung the rock at the figure in front of him.
I don’t know, to me this is something Eleven (my Doctor) would do, I didn’t picture Twelve doing it at all.
I’m going to end this review here, because I really don’t have a lot to say about this short story collection. There was one quote that I did love though:
‘He (The Doctor) knew a ride in the TARDIS was far more exciting and unpredictable than than the rides on offer here.’
Why I picked this quote is because I’m not a fan of carnival rides, I’m so not a thrill seeker, but I would love to ride in The TARDIS through time and space with The Doctor and see all the wanders of all the worlds. I mean, who wouldn’t.
So there you have another review: feel free to let me know what you thought of it: and until next time, Happy Reading 🙂 Brooklyn xx