The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.
The winter festival is approaching for the hardy colony of Morphans, but no one is in the mood to celebrate. They're trying to build a new life on a cold new world, but each year gets harder and harder. It's almost as if some dark force is working against them. Then three mysterious travelers arrive out of the midwinter night, one of them claiming to be a doctor. Are they bringing the gift of salvation or doom? And what else might be lurking out there, about to wake up?
An adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith and his companions Amy and Rory
About the Author
Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Well known for his comic book work, he has scripted everything from the Mr Men to the X-Men in the last two decades. He is also the author of twenty three novels, including the acclaimed Eisenhorn and the best selling Horus Rising. He was voted 'Best Writer Now' at the National Comic Awards 2003.
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Sometimes the books which are surprisingly easy to read turn out to be the hardest ones to review. TSSGB is like this. As a reader of all genres, but a huge fan of The Doctor (and to be precise, a *huge* fan of Doctor Eleven and Amy Pond and Rory Williams. And Amy Pond), this novel is pure, simple, unadulterated, joy. Everything about the novel screams class. From the totally and brilliantly professional introduction (which I have read in full three times now) to the story's perfect encapsulation of all things Doctor, including the exquisitely drawn characters that made this version of the universe's most famous Gallifrean the best ever (IMHO), to the plot, the humour, the story's atmosphere, the sense of pity and dread for the New Worlders that are trying to achieve the almost impossible for their future generations, well, I could go on, and on, and on. And on.
And did I say jokes? Chapter one ends on a joke, and it's as corny as all heck, but who cares! The Doctor said it, so it must be funny, and I dare anyone over the age of twenty to read the chapter and end it without a smirk on their face.
But then the plot thickens. A local resident visiting a family member's gravestone fails to return to the village and everyone is either sent out to find her, or left at home to worry themselves sick. The TARDIS arrives just in the nick of time for its three beloved occupants to be captured by the locals, and then Rory is attacked by an aggressive beast (putting things mildly, there...) and darn near drowns himself trying to escape. And that is all within the first few chapters!!!
Speaking of chapters, each chapter is given a title. But it's not just any title. Cryptic clues are what they are, pertaining to the events contained therein. Read the book slowly, carefully. Enjoy each scene, and every character interaction. Think about each chapter before you go onto the next one, and soon enough, the penny will drop. Just like the TARDIS with its chameleon circuity permanently damaged (Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?), this ordinary looking blue telephone box ain't just an ordinary looking blue telephone box. And TSSGB is more than a gloriously written, beautifully presented science fiction novel. It is a tribute to all things British, to all things good and proper, and, of all things, it's a tribute to all things Christmas. Which means, therefore, that the book itself is blessed. And for those readers with enough faith in their hearts to believe in the power of the Good Doctor, is really not that hard to believe.
As the world knows, Christmas is a time for miracles. And this book simply *reeks* Christmas. The reader will soon begin to realise, however, that more than one miracle will be needed for all interested parties to come out with positive net results. But the Doctor is good at performing miracles. He always has been. That is why they call him The Doctor. I fact, that is why they call him at all.
Full marks for arguably the finest Whovian story of all time.
If ever a book is worth more than full marks, this one is it.
Series: Doctor Who
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 7th March 2013
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.7 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1