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- 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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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.
Hartnell's Doctor always struck me as rather grandfatherly and frail, an opinion immediately borne out within the pages of this story as I learn that the Doctor's first companion was his granddaughter, Susan, and his mannerisms are suggestive of an old curmudgeon. *wink* The whole plot line involving a bio-mechanical hand and the Soul Pirates is suggestive of the 2005 Christmas special, "The Christmas Invasion," with the Sycorax, a sword fight, and the newly-regenerated Ten regrowing his own lost hand. While I can't really speak to how Colfer's Doctor compares to Hartnell's portrayal, personally I enjoyed the chance (albeit a short one) to see the Doctor interact with a family member in an adventure that recalls one of my own favorite Ten episodes. Though the story itself is barely fleshed-out at a slim forty-odd pages, is nonetheless an entertaining example of both Colfer's imagination and a concept that fits comfortably within the Doctor's universe.
Some criticisms of this story allege that this Doctor is too much of the "Nu-Who" generation, and indeed it's hard to dismiss that allegation when you have this allegedly old man turning into something of an action hero in the second half of the story. I have mixed feelings about this -- on the one hand, I like the idea of writing an old Doctor adventure but updating his point-of-view to include current cultural touchstones, but on the other hand I'd like a clear, engaging snapshot of the Doctor as he was at the beginning of his adventures. That's the rub with time travel -- the show itself is very much a product of its time, but we forget that it's all out of order too. *wink* I wish Colfer had been given the chance to write a full-length adventure featuring Eleven as I think he'd be a perfect fit for Matt Smith's quirks and energy -- but that being said I enjoyed this short story -- especially the epilogue -- and look forward to checking out more of these short stories.
Unfortunately the story turned out something of a disappointment for me. While the plot was not bad, if nothing spectacular (I'm inclined to forgive the lack of in-depth, complex plots in these books, seeing as they are after all just short stories, and aimed at a young audience at that), the characterisation of the First Doctor seemed completely off to me - enough so that if I hadn't known this was a One story (because the book said so and because of Susan and the Doctor's physical description), I wouldn't have had any idea which incarnation it was supposed to be, neither from his actions, speech patterns, general behaviour nor thoughts.
I understand that a certain amount of "reimagination" of the black-and-white era Doctors in particular may be in order to appeal to the younger readers, but overall, I had hoped to read about the Doctor I was familiar with from his TV appearances.