Title: Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories
Author: Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landry
Genre: Anthology, Science Fiction
Release Date: December 2nd, 2014
Length: 592 pages | 13 hours, 5 minutes
Source: Gifted by my #OTSPSecretSister, Lauren of Live, Love, Read
To celebrate the arrival of Peter Capaldi on to our screens as the newly regenerated Doctor, this collection of Doctor Who short stories, each written by a different author, now includes an extra, brand-new twelfth adventure as part of the 12 Doctors, 12 Stories paperback anthology. Offering the perfect addition to the top-selling series, the twelfth story, “Lights Out,” has been penned by self-professed Doctor Who fan and best-selling female sci-fi writer Holly Black.
Being a Doctor Who nut, I had my eye on this anthology for quite a while. I mean, look at some of those authors- Neil Gaiman! Holly Black! PATRICK NESS. Of course I had to have it. And you know what? For a collection of short stories, it’s fun. Each reads like an episode of the show, with a specific Doctor. Not being as familiar with Doctors 1-8, I didn’t click with those stories as much. But there were still standouts in the entire collection, where the author clearly knew that era of the show.
I think probably my favorite was Holly Black’s, which had more layers than the others. But none of them really fell flat, and a few had me curious about previous companions and Doctors- enough to try to find the original show on DVD (again). Overall, it’s a nice addition to the canon of the show, and felt a lot like watching an entire season (in book form). It definitely did the job in holding me over until the Christmas Special. It’s a solid anthology, recommended for fans of Doctor Who (and anthologies).
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