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- Print Length: 52 pages
- Publisher: BBC Children's Books (February 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 23, 2013
- Sold by: PEN UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B54TZAG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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Referred to as the "cosmic hobo," here the Second Doctor appears to be more whimsical than his predecessor, very suggestive of the childlike wonder Matt Smith is capable of bringing to the role as Eleven. Within the pages of Scott's story the Second Doctor is joined by long-time companion Jamie McCrimmon (played by Frazer Hines on-screen), an eighteenth-century Scotsman and one of the Doctor's longest-serving companions, appearing in well over one hundred episodes. I LOVE the idea of the Doctor having a long-term companion from a historical time period relative to whenever the show aired. The creative possibilities for introducing an eighteenth- or nineteenth-century native to not only future worlds but the twenty-first century and its people and technology are endless! It's an avenue I dearly hope the showrunners for New-Who consider, as I think it could breathe fresh life into this dearly-loved series.
More so than in the case of Colfer's First Doctor story, I feel as though Scott has succeeded in writing a story that hits the right balance of appealing to New-Who fans while avoiding the temptation to project the show's later mythology onto one of the Doctor's first incarnations. This story very much feels as though it could be an episode of the show, different enough in tone and style to distinguish it from the reigns of Nine, Ten, and Eleven whom I know fairly well. *wink* The Archons were suitably creepy villains, and I loved the glimpse of the unnamed Master, operating in the shadows. If the Doctor and Jamie's on-screen relationship is half as interesting as I found it play out in this story, I definitely need to make time to become better acquainted with Patrick Troughton's Doctor. Very enjoyable!
Pat was small
Next to Zoe
A sixties mini-moet
It was obvious that Scott knows the Second Doctor's character well, as well as his companion Jamie and the era in general; there was no attempt to "reimagine" everything here in order to make it more palatable for the younger/newer readers - The Nameless City was simply a straightforward, fun adventure with a bit of horror.
I wouldn't say it was either very deep or amazingly brilliant - I don't think the short story format really lends itself to in-depth characterisation or multilayered plots - but it had a very "authentic" Second Doctor era feel. Unlike with the first short story where the First Doctor's physical description was about the only thing about him that I recognised, here it was very clear this was Two we were dealing with (behaviour, speech patterns, etc). And the plot, somewhat meagre that it was, was coherent and rather well thought out. Definitely a thumbs up from me!