Book Review: DOCTOR WHO - A BIG HAND FOR THE DOCTOR

PrintE-mail Written by Tony Jones

Review: Doctor Who – A Big Hand For The Doctor / Author: Eoin Colfer / Publisher: Puffin / Release Date: Out Now

As part of their slice of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary action, Puffin are releasing a short story every month. Each is written by a well-known author and the series kicks off with Eoin Colfer’s A Big Hand For The Doctor. This is a so-called eshort, in other words an eBook only (available on Amazon for Kindle) short story. The collection will be available in print form around the time of the actual anniversary. Until then we get the chance to collect each story as the excitement builds.

The obvious sequence of First Doctor in January, Second in February and so on is being followed. Colfer has stated he is pleased to get the chance to re-visit the Hartnell years but expects scrutiny. Which means he's probably braced for what we're going to say.

The Doctor is in Victorian London chasing down the Soul Pirates who snatch children away at night for diabolical purposes. To this end he's become an action hero complete with temporary cybernetic hand and a daredevil attitude. As a story in its own right it is fine, and it makes for a fun tale. Trouble is, it doesn't exactly sit comfortably with the First Doctor – if anything, this feels more nu-Who than classic Who. The last third of the story has some touching moments of introspection, but the whole thing leaves you introspective too, wondering whether, even at only £1.99, it was really worth the bother.


Suggested Articles:
Having risen, rather like the series itself, out of the ashes of a company that last traded back in
When Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, he created a legend. Practically everyone knows the story of the vam
Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series continues as the last in a collection of nineteen short stories t
Let’s be clear from the start. A Conjuring of Light, the much anticipated third and final novel in
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Book Reviews

THE KEY TO TIME: ART OF COLIN HOWARD 26 February 2017

POWERS OF DARKNESS 24 February 2017

ANNO DRACULA 1899 AND OTHER STORIES 24 February 2017

A CONJURING OF LIGHT 23 February 2017

THE SONG RISING 21 February 2017

PSEUDOTOOTH 21 February 2017

THE CRUELTY 20 February 2017

SLOW BULLETS 18 February 2017

THE NINTH RAIN 14 February 2017

THIS YOUNG MONSTER 14 February 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
 
 
...