Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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Doctor Who - The Drosten's Curse, by A.L. Kennedy

This is an expansion of Kennedy's short 2014 ebook The Death Pit (I seem to be one of the few people who read it), featuring the Fourth Doctor immediately after The Deadly Assassin, investigating horrible deaths and strange goings on at a Scottish golf course. It includes all of the good stuff from the earlier version and quite a lot more incidental detail. Not much more to say than that it is very entertaining and catches the mid-Fourth Doctor era well, with perhaps a few nods to how the world has changed since the mid-1970s.

Isn't it interesting that the only two Doctor Who novels published this year both feature the Fourth Doctor, the other being City of Death? And it's also interesting that the show has been much more successful at getting women who are big names in written fiction to write novels for it (last year's Time Trips sequence featured Kennedy, Jenny Colgan, Trudi Canavan, Cecelia Ahern, Joanne Harris and Stella Duffy) than at getting women who are any sort of name in television to write scripts (Catherine Tregenna and Sarah Dollard's episodes this year will be the first by women since Helen Raynor in 2008).

Anyway, three more Twelfth Doctor novels to look forward to next month, one of them by altariel.
Tags: bookblog 2015, doctor who, doctor who: 04, writer: a l kennedy
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