Thursday 6 November 2014

Doctor Who: The Ripple Effect by Malroie Blackman Short story review

Title: Doctor Who: The Ripple Effect
Author: Malorie Blackman
Publisher: Puffin
Release date: Ebook: 23 July 2013

Boxset paperback: 13/11/2014 (UK)
11/18/2014 (US)

SynopsisWhen the TARDIS lands on Skaro, the Seventh Doctor and Ace are shocked to discover the planet has become the universal centre of learning, populated by a race of peace-loving Daleks. Ever suspicious of his archenemies' motives, the Doctor learns of a threat that could literally tear the universe apart...


Like many of you I'm probably more familiar with the more recent Doctors, so this was a great chance for me to explore a past version of someone I already knew. And since I was reading, rather than seeing him be as it were I had to pick up on all his traits from a short amount of text, where everything was almost subtle, but explicit. But I got him, and I liked him, and it's as Malorie Blackman says, he has this jovial mature about him that I liked and reminded me a little of a Matt smith-esq doctor, but like all doctors there is this darker side to him. We get to see both sides here and and I for one love when the doctor has these darker moments, because you get to understand his complexity so much more! 

The book has Blackamn written all over it, and there were some great perspectives thrown in, looking at changing attitudes toward people - which pitted the Doctor against his companion Ace, and made me think about 'If I could change history would I?' Check out her interview on the book here: 

And the Daleks are bacccccccccck. Gotta love a Dalek, they're like a doctor who staple, so I was so happy when they popped up...but wait! Whats this! They're being cry of EXTERMINATE! That in itself was very weird, so me and the doctor were on the same page with that one! But why? And what'll just have to red to find out! 

This series has stories by some of my favourite authors, and each new style and perspective really adds something to the world of Doctor Who, and is also a great introduction if you've never read any before, they're like short little bursts, almost like mini TV episodes, that you want to know so much more from! So read them allllll! 

I also just want to take a second to say how COOL the new paperback covers are in the slip box edition of all twelve stories. The cover for this one you can see above! They're tailored to each doctor, so I almost want to buy a set to frame because its really cool artwork! 

I hope you enjoy these books, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them, and as I hit publish I think its only right that I play the theme song really loud and hop off in my TARDIS to....well to work!  

Quick fire question round:

Do you have a favourite Doctor?    Matt Smith! (wait Does Donna count!?!)
Describe the Doctor in one word.   Enigmatic 
If you had a TARDIS where would you go?  I keep thinking to Another Galaxy! Though I still want to go and meet Anne Boleyn!  

Stephen #12doctors12stories


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