Monday, May 19, 2014

Book Review: Into The Nowhere

Author: Jenny T. Colgan
Title: Into The Nowhere
Publisher: Random House UK
Publish Date: Jan 16 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
Time Trips – groundbreaking Doctor Who adventures by some of the most respected writers in the Universe. Short stories that are bigger on the inside…

The Eleventh Doctor and Clara land on an unknown alien planet. To the Doctor’s delight and Clara’s astonishment, it really is unknown. It’s a planet the Doctor has never seen. It’s not on any maps, it’s not referenced on any star charts or in the TARDIS data banks. It doesn’t even have a name. What could be so terrible that its existence has been erased?

Review: Jenny Colgan definitely has The Eleventh Doctor down. I was glad that this time, she wrote a story with current companion, Clara. I liked that it was obvious that this story took place after The Day Of The Doctor. There were a lot of references to things in the past, particularly K-9 at the very beginning of the story.

I also liked how when they landed on the "Nowhere" planet...aka "Anthony" she referenced Gallifrey too. Jenny kept with canon quite a bit. Even the fez attempts to make an appearance. It wouldn't be 11 without the fez!

I was intrigued by the planet and the strange skeleton inhabitants. I will say, these Time Trips are entirely too short to get a really good story on, especially in the sci-fi genre. So the story does feel a bit rushed, but thankfully it does feel like a Doctor Who episode, which is what most people are looking for when there are several months to go before we get a new season. (Plus it is nice to have 11 even if it is only in short story form).

One of the nice things about Jenny's story is how well she brings Clara to life. Clara is one of the most undeveloped companions in New Who, and though this was just a short story, I felt like I knew her better.

Jenny also makes this story touching, as the Doctor saves the planet in a round about way, and though you never know what the planet really is, you have an idea by the time you get to the end. (What with all the apples, snakes and knowledge references) Definitely one of the best time trip stories!

Rating: 4 flowers


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