Book Review: Doctor Who: Rose by Russell T Davies

Published in 2018

197 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

“Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!”

In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move – and kill – are taking up key positions, ready to strike.

Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She’s about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe – a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.

My Review:

Oh, the nostalgia! I LOVE the early adventures of Nine and Rose, so I had been long excited about reading this, and you know what, it was so much more than a novelization of the episode, there was so much more insight and I just obsessed over all the little new details! From learning more about Ricky, erm, Mickey, I mean, and his early life, learning that he grew up with his grandmother, who had given him so much, and who’s death was felt so widely by everyone, to reading more about Jackie Tyler, mother of Rose, and hearing her thoughts on all the commotion with the Nestene.

I loved every minute of this book! I felt like it was every bit as edge of my seat action as I felt when I was watching the episode for the first time! Russell T Davies I think is my favourite writer for Doctor Who, his stories to me had always been the most neat, fun, emotional (don’t get me wrong I appreciate Moffat too), but this just reminded me of those early Doctor Who years where Rose is literally whisked off her feet and headed to space and time with a certain Lord of Time!

Also, I have to mention how much I loved the chapter that was devoted to Rose meeting Clive, who had been studying up on the Doctor and all the surrounding conspiracies, honestly! I just felt so fascinated by it all, and I love how Clive was given a backstory too, and how we read a bit more about an old flame of Rose’s, Jimmy, who met a bit of a sticky fate, I was surprised by that but oh was it thrilling!

Reading this book and meeting these fabulous characters again were just so fantastic! I loved every minute and honestly it was brilliant! Every page was such a thrill, and it was just fabulous and I’m so glad this novel was brought into the world, I can’t wait to read more of these, honestly! A special nod to the scene where RTD described various forms of the Doctor, I practically fangirled when Capaldi and Whittaker were mentioned! These books are the perfect thing to tie me over until season 11 hits, and even during, for I’ll never tire of reading about ANY of the incarnations of the Doctor and his companions.

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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