Monday, 10 November 2014

Doctor Who: Lights Out

Written by: Holly Black
Published by: Puffin Books
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 39
Purchase from: Amazon

A Doctor Who short story featuring the Twelfth Doctor. It follows in the tradition of the series of short stories published last year by Puffin featuring each Doctor.

Purchase the twelve story collection from:
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My Rating: 4/5

I am a massive Doctor Who fan, I can't get enough of the TV Series so when I saw this title on NetGalley I immediately requested it. Now I haven't read the previous short stories of Doctor Who so I went into this completely unaware and open-minded and just hoping that it would be able to reflect the personality of the Doctor as well as the TV show. Let me tell you I was not let down and completely surprised by how much I enjoyed the short story.
This man's frown deepens. His eyebrows do things I didn't even know eyebrows could do.
I loved how much this story reminded me of the Doctor. There were little things hidden within that if you watched the show you would immediately make a connection to. I kept finding myself laughing over little things that you just know the Doctor would do. But it wasn't just these little things that I really liked about the story. I also really enjoyed the pacing of the story. It didn't feel rushed it really allowed the story to flow, so much so that it felt like a mini TV episode not just a short story. I could easily picture the events happening and I did find myself surprised by what was happening. So even though it was a short story, which I sometimes find hard to connect with because they are so short, I found myself getting dragged into the story.
All around me, everything is light and bright. And, for the first time I can remember, no part of me is afraid.
Overall it is easy to see that this story revolves around the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) because his mannerisms and personality is brilliantly translated. Not only this but it is clear when this story would fit into his timeline so I was really able to imagine and picture this as a mini TV episode. The was a clear intro and resolution that did not feel the least bit rushed so it was really easy to immerse into the whole Doctor Who story-line no matter how short it is. The only thing I really had trouble with was I didn't really have time to connect with the main character but then what can you expect from a short story being too short. Seriously if you love the TV series and need a quick Doctor Who fix I would give this story I go because it is really enjoyable and a authentic read that allows you to delve briefly into the Doctor Who world.

Lights Out (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #12)