- File Size: 893 KB
- Print Length: 46 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (January 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 23, 2013
- Sold by: PEN UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AX0MRNK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor: First Doctor - 50th Anniversary (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Nothing seemed right. The Doctor's relationship with his granddaughter was forgettable. The Doctor's need for a new hand seemed contrived. His attitude towards regeneration seemed off since he had never experienced it before. He acts like an action-hero in spite of the fact that the First Doctor wasn't an action hero. The personality isn't just wrong, it's non-existent. He thinks about the color of self-tanning. Weird. He goes up on the roof for no apparent reason.
There's no apparent reason for anything in the story, until you get to the end. There's a payoff in the epilogue. It's clever. I'll give it two stars for that. The epilogue lets you see what Colfer was doing all along. Even so, I'm not convinced Colfer should have been doing it.
Beyond that, the e-book Colfer wrote represents the work of a man who, it seems, has never watched "An Unearthly Child" before setting his story before it. If he had, he'd recognize that it took the Doctor almost two years before becoming a heroic character, originally preferring to hide in the shadows, running from something mysterious and never fully explained in-series. The Doctor presented here is a fusion of the Fourth and the Tenth, with none of the age or presence of Hartnell's version of the character.
The fact that this story, set before the TARDIS chameleon circuit is broken, never once mentioned the current shape of the TARDIS is just one of a myriad of missed opportunities.
In addition, the massive hand-shaped retcon within this adventure is just absolutely ridiculous and serves no purpose as part of a 50th anniversary celebratory story other than as a permanent footnote: a forced, arrogant graft onto canon.
As a starting point, this does not bode well for the other ten stories...
I went into this story with an open mind and wanting to enjoy it, but just found myself more dumbfounded than anything and what really makes this whole thing so sad is that there are so few stories being written about the early Doctors and this was ment to be the beginning of a set celebrating 50 amazing years of a beloved character. This was, unfortunately, is a very poor start.
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It never felt like the first doctor at all.Read more