05 July 2016

Review: Doctor Who: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy

Mass market paperback, 85 pages
Published 2014 (originally 2013)

Acquired December 2014
Read October 2015
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage
by Derek Landy
     'So this whole entire world we're standing on right now is...what? A story? Not a planet at all but a story? How can we stand on a story? How can a story have gravity, or light, or air for us to breathe?'
     The Doctor shrugged. 'Every good story has atmosphere.'
I'd never heard of Derek Landy before reading this book, but his take on the tenth Doctor and Martha turns out to be delightful. He captures Tennant's kookiness well, Martha is very well-characterized, the banter between them is natural and easy (there are a lot of good laughs), and the central concept of the story, where the TARDIS lands on a planet based on some books Martha read as a kid about child sleuths, isn't exactly original (even within Doctor Who) but is well-executed and entertaining. Another hit for this solid series of releases.

Next Week: The eleventh Doctor and Amy investigate a real estate scam in Nothing O'Clock!

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