Science Fiction, Anthology
December 2nd, 2014
Gifted by my #OTSPSecretSister
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).