- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (23 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141359277
- ISBN-13: 978-0141359274
- Boxed-product Weight: 503 g
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Doctor Who: 12 Doctors 12 Stories
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So it isn't terribly surprising that twelve stories were commissioned for the various beloved incarnations of the Doctor, written by well-known sci-fi/fantasy writers. And while a few are not quite as solidly Who as they could be (Eoin Colfer's diverting but rather shaky entry), most of the stories range from okay tales of alien menaces ("Spear of Destiny"), and excellent ones that perfectly capture the voice of their Doctor ("The Roots of Evil").
Each of the twelve stories is devoted to one of the incarnations of the Doctor, from the grumpy First Doctor to the genial Fourth, from the amiable Fifth to the quirky Tenth, from the oddball second to the wacky, boyish Eleventh. There's even a final story that takes readers into the head of the newest incarnation played by Peter Capaldi, which was released the year after the first eleven tales.
And these stories take the Doctor (or Doctors) and his myriad companions -- including Leela, Ace, Jamie, Susan, Amy and Peri -- on various adventures through time and space. Among their tales: conflicts with body-snatching Soul Pirates, the Necronomicon, ancient proto-Vikings, dwellers in a giant space-tree, an old enemy waiting at a wedding, altered timelines, the eerie masked Kin, a horrifying fungal weapon, a planet occupied by characters from children's fiction, and a quest for coffee that leads to murder.
"Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories" is a pretty effective homage to every single era of the Doctor Who saga, which is no mean fear when the series has been chugging along, on and off, for half of a century. And for the most part, these stories are appropriate homages to the various incarnations of the Doctor, mostly by people who seem to be pretty familiar with how the individual characters worked and thought.
And there's a certain spectrum of stories -- most of them (Philip Reeve, Rachelle Mead, Neil Gaiman) focus on the Doctor and one of his canonical companions, as if we were watching a very short lost episode. Others (Patrick Ness, Holly Black, Charlie Higson) either focus mainly on original characters whose paths intersect with the Doctor and his companions, or introducing a wholly new companion for the one tale alone (from a reptilian warrior to a lady in a Hazmat suit).
A few of the stories don't quite gel -- Eoin Colfer's story shows a shaky knowledge of Who canon, and Marcus Sedgwick's tale becomes too tangled in its own good ideas. But most of the stories are at least entertaining, with sufficiently alien creatures that show the scope of the Who universe's possibilities. There are horrors mundane and cosmic, weird alien plots, and moments of painful pathos that haunt the story they cap off (the Seventh Doctor, and the price paid for restoring the right timeline).
The best? That would be Philip Reeve, who perfectly captures the glorious weirdness of classic Who's stories, as well as the charming banter from both the Fourth Doctor and Leela; and Neil Gaiman, who alternates between eerie universe-bending horror and delightful wit ("Except for Dalek. That means Metal-Cased Hatey Death Machines in Skaronian").
"Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories" is like a box of bonbons for fans of "Doctor Who" -- each one has a different filling and flavor of its own, and most are delicious. Definitely a must-read for fans.
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I would highly recommend you have watched a few stories with each Doctor in order to fully appreciate the stories though.
One thing that did bother me a little (but not enough to dock it a star!) is that you can expect each Doctor's story to feature the most typical characters from that Doctor's tenure. While this does make sense, it also takes away some of the surprise.
In any case, this was a great little read and I highly recommend it for fans of all things Who. :D
Highly recommend it! :D
If you're not a dedicated fan you will probably enjoy most of the stories. If you are, expect some annoying and even jarring moments. I won't say which, but one of the stories annoyed me so much I didn't even finish it.