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)
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…
…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)
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…
…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,