A Timey-Wimey Double Dip: Doctor Who Novellas…



Tardis-worthy snacks at the ready, readers, for a Doctor flavoured double dip! Let’s forego the pleasantries and just rush straight in, shall we?

Doctor Who: The Anti-Hero (Stella Duffy)

From Goodreads:

Arriving at the ancient Musaeum of Alexandria, the Doctor is keen to explore. He might find some new recorder music, and Jamie might discover a new porridge recipe, while Zoe will love the antiquated ideas about astrophysics. But once inside, they all find rather more than they bargained for, and it soon becomes clear they may never leave the Museaum alive…

Dip into it for… image

…a second Doctor story with an Ancient Greek flavour.  There’s comedy, action, cross-dressing, recorder music and all the things we’ve come to expect from a good Who story.  There’s also the obligatory “important piece of human history actually being related to alien activity” theme that we know and love.  If you’re a recent convert to Doctorism, think Pyroviles, but less deadly and more scoldy.

Don’t dip if…

…you aren’t a fan of history-based Doctor episodes.  This is also a fairly benign offering in terms of running, slaying and deadly suspense, so if you’re hoping for a real nail-biter, this probably won’t satisfy.

Overall Dip Factor

I found this to be a fun, frivolous Doctor story that gave me a good sense of what the second Doctor and his companions are all about.  I’d certainly be interested in reading more of this Doctor’s adventures.  Overall, this was a pleasant, escapist (literally, for e characters!) interlude.

Doctor Who: The Ripple Effect (Malorie Blackman)

From Goodreads:

When the TARDIS lands on Skaro, the Seventh Doctor and Ace are shocked to discover the planet has become the universal centre of learning, populated by a race of peace-loving Daleks. Ever suspicious of his archenemies’ motives, the Doctor learns of a threat that could literally tear the universe apart…

Dip into it for… image

…another in the 50th anniversary series of novellas, this one featuring the seventh Doctor and Ace.  With the intriguing premise of kind, philosophy-loving daleks spreading learning throughout the universe, this quickie gives one a lot to ponder.  The situation gives the Doctor and Ace a chance to chew over their own prejudices and blind-spots and make the decision about whether or not kind daleks have a place in the greater scheme of things.

Don’t dip if…

… You’re sick of dalek episodes (they have been overused in the last few seasons, in my opinion) of you don’t like alternate universe stories.

Overall Dip Factor

Another fun, quick dalliance in the Doctor’s world. The nice dalek premise was intriguing and the minor characters in the story had enough depth to give the overall reading experience the feel of a longer story.  This would be a great introduction to the seventh Doctor for newbies – his character, and that of Ace, seem to have been captured quite faithfully.

So two more Doctorish stories for the ever-growing collection. I must say I’m loving these novellas – there the perfect chance to acquaint ones’ self with Doctors one hasn’t yet encountered, and they’re so quick that you can knock them over in one sitting.  I received the first title from the publisher via Netgalley and I’ve had the second one sitting on my kindle for ages.  I’ve just downloaded the Ten adventure in the 50th anniversary selection, so stay tuned for that one soon enough.

On Wednesday I’ll be unveiling my reading challenge for 2015.  Hold onto your false teeth readers, it’s going to be epic. In a mild, achievable sort of way of course.

Until next time,








13 thoughts on “A Timey-Wimey Double Dip: Doctor Who Novellas…

  1. Now I love my Who but I always worry the shortness of such as these will mean there isn’t enough time to develop a story, a little like the new episodes, compared to the original era. I may have to give some of these a go though, as one can never have enough Who or books, so to combine the two is perfect.

    I agree about the Daleks being overused, there are plenty of bad guys to bring back from the history of Who and lots the new writers are good enough to develop a new iconic nemesis, although the Weeping Angels were also overused in my opinion.


    • I think that has been a bit of a problem with some of these novellas. Also, they seem to have selected a bunch of prominent (mostly American) YA authors to write them, rather than the selection of authors that normally pen the Who novels. Totally agree, that Angels’ first appearance in Matt Smith’s tenure was contradictory to their original storyline and diminished their scariness exponentially.

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      • I think Blink was such a great episode they should have retired them there and then, you don’t build on an episode like that one. Perhaps these books are aimed closer to the American market as the popularity is already assured in the UK and Oz, so it makes sense to cement it over in the US to ensure continued recommissioning, although that sounds too mercenary and is possibly a disservice to the books. Bring Terrance Dicks back, that’s what I say!

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      • Yeah, it’s a strange choice, even if they are trying yo crack the US market (which I suspect they are). I can’t imagine that many of the author’s they’ve asked have much prior Who knowledge at all and that will irritate the purists no end.


  2. I have read some of the reviews for the books in the Doctor Who Magazine and some admit to having not seen any before they were commissioned to write them, which begs the question why not throw open the doors to famous writers who love the show, there must be loads in many countries. These days even the purists have to flexible to the new ideas, which is fine as the show needs to move forward to stay relevant which is why it was (in part) cancelled in the first place. Strange how so many of the traits of the original show just prior to cancelling are now in the modern series.


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