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- Print Length: 50 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (November 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2013
- Sold by: PEN UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D2HWD1C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Doctor Who: Nothing O'Clock: Eleventh Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 11) Kindle Edition
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Gaiman manages to perfectly capture the characters' mannerisms, and I could practically hear Matt Smith and Karen Gillian in my head while reading. He also manages to throw in a couple teasing references to the War Doctor.
Finally, the Kin were an intriguing and scary foe, worthy of the author's trademark imagination. This is a wonderfully entertaining little piece, and well worth the few bucks it costs.
I've got a few Doctor Who stories under my belt and most of them are either on the low end of the good range or mediocre as hell. This one blows them all away.
Neil Gaiman, perhaps you've heard of him, has written a couple Doctor Who episodes over the years and is a lifelong fan. He's also written a few other things. In Nothing O'Clock, he crafts a story that's not only a very good Doctor Who short, it's a good story period.
The Kin is a creepy menace, born out of Gaiman's childhood of watching Doctor Who while hiding behind the couch. An animal mask-wearing time-traveling creature that's buying earth and rendering humanity extinct? Pretty creepy, especially if you ask him what time it is.
The Doctor and Amy Pond are true to form. It's not very often I find quotable lines in Doctor Who stories but I loved this exchange between the Doctor and Amy:
"Have you always been like this?"
"A madman with a time machine."
"No. It took me ages to get the time machine."
Neil Gaiman goes a long way toward redeeming the authors of lackluster Doctor Who stories before him. Five out of five timey-wimey stars.
All in all I did really like the short little work, just really wanted more....
And If anyone's paying attention, please look into exploring more River/Mels based material.
If you're not familiar with The Doctor of Amy Pond I wouldn't recommend this story as an introduciton. You don't get anything in the way of backstory for either of them. Maybe that's the point. It doesn't really matter who they are, but the actions they take to save the world. However without knowledge of who Amy Pond is some of the things she says doesn't make much sense (who is Rory, and why isn't he with her?).
I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan, and a big Doctor Who fan. I loved his episode The Doctor's Wife, and A Nightmare in Silver is growing into one of my favorites from series 7. This story, however, gets wrapped up a bit too neatly and easily. The Kin are set up to be a really bad villian, but The Doctor defeats The Kin pretty easily. This is where I wish the story were longer. I'd like to see the Doctor struggle a bit against the Kin, and build them up to more of a threat. This was a short story though, and the Doctor makes short work of the Kin (an alien that put up a big fight against the Time Lords eons ago).
The cool thing is that it didn't have to be the Eleventh Doctor...it could have been any of them and it would have worked (and probably would have worked very well) The Eleventh, however, just makes it somehow...better. I don't know how to explain it. It's kind of typical for his run of stories, maybe, but it works well.
If you buy no other, buy this one.