It’s day 9 of Blogmas! I can’t believe how fast this month is going! Oh well, it is Sunday and that means that it is time for another festive book review. Today it is the turn of a book that I wanted to read last Christmas, but never got around to. yep, today it is all about The Twelve Doctors Of Christmas by Jacqueline Rayner, Colin Brake, Richard Dungworth, Mike Tucker, Gary Russell and Scott Handcock. I will be reviewing this in my usual anthology format (small overall review with a mini review for each individual story). So, let’s do this!
This is a very mixed bag. I really, really loved some of the stories in this collection (my favourites where The Christmas Inversion, The Red Bicycle and The Lose Wire) but then there were also a few stories that I really disliked (such as The Grotto). But overall I think that I liked more stories then I disliked, which is a win. It was so interesting to delve into the Doctor and see more of him. I loved that each individual Doctor got his own unique story. I also loved that monsters and characters from one Doctors timeline crossed into other Doctors times. It was just really interesting to see how a different version of him would handle the same situation/person. Although this wasn’t the most festive book I have read, it was still enjoyable. I am glad that I have read it
4 out of 5
All I Want For Christmas by Jacqueline Rayner
That was, frankly, weird. just, weird. to me it didn’t feel particularly Dr Who like or Christmassy. It was just a bit strange and non-descript. I think for this story to work it needed to be a bit longer and a bit more detailed. There was a lot that was unexplained and that just wasn’t quiet detailed enough. but, it was an alright opening to the book. not the best story, but not the worst.
2 out of 5
A Comedy Of Terrors by Collin Brake
This one I liked. I will admit that the events in it weren’t particularly shocking, it was pretty obvious what was going on right from the start, but it was still an enjoyable little story. It reminded me of the Eccleston era (and not just because of the alien choice). There was just something about the tone of the story that I really enjoyed. It was funny and light hearted with a deeper storyline woven through it. I liked it. I will admit however, that it wasn’t festive, but it was good fun.
4 out of 5
The Christmas Inversion by Jacqueline Rayner
This is my favourite so far. This story was brilliant. It is basically the story from the first Christmas special (The Christmas Invasion) but featuring the 3rd doctor, Joe, Mike and Jackie Tyler, with a small cameo from the Master. This was a fun little story that showed us what happened when the doctor wasn’t there. it was perfect Jackie and I loved it. at one point one of her lines made me laugh so hard I had to pause the audiobook.
4.5 out of 5
Three Wise Men by Richard Dungworth
Erm, not sure how I feel about this story. I liked it, but it was strange and slightly unbelievable (even by Dr Who standards). I just honestly cannot figure out if I liked this story or not. Parts of it were at least mildly amusing and other parts entertaining but it also raised more questions than it answered and I’m not sure it played by the Dr Who rules of the universe (risking a paradox?). I don’t know. I just don’t know…
2 out of 5
Sontar’s Little Helper by Mike Tucker
And again we have a story that I am not 100% sure how I feel about. This one was just very anticlimactic. I feel like it is one of those stories that just doesn’t work as a short story, it needed to be longer. there was a lot of potential in it, it just wasn’t done as well as it could have been, which meant that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. It was alright, but not brilliant.
2.5 out of 5
Fairy Tale Of New New York by Gary Russell
That went from sinister to adorable in literally just one page. I will forever have trust issues with the cat people, and even though this story had a very un-sinister outcome in the end, I still don’t trust them. My lack of trust aside, this was probably one of the best mapped out stories. It is the one that worked best from start to finish, and I did enjoy it. It actually felt like we got the whole story.
4 out of 5
The Grotto by Mike Tucker
I have literally no idea what I just read. not a clue. I am so confused by this story. that is literally all I can say about it. I don’t know what was going on, what happened, what lead to it. nothing. I am just at a loss
1 out of 5
Ghosts Of Christmas Past by Scott Handcock
I actually really liked this story. It offered a really interesting look into the Doctors life. The doctor, stuck in a war, all alone, and losing hope. It was nice to see this side of him, the vulnerable side and also nice to see him pick himself up and keep moving forward! I loved it. I also loved that we got to truly see the connection between the doctor and the Tardis. This was also a pretty festive feeling story, and I really enjoyed it.
4.5 out of 5
The Red Bicycle by Gary Russell
Omg, that was incredible! my favourite of the book so far! Considering that this story is based off of a single line in a single episode of Who, this story just makes perfect sense. It fits so perfectly and I loved it. It was so true to nine’s character and is 100% something that he would do. I just absolutely adored this story. it was sweet and funny and festive with adventure and a fight. What more can you want?
5 out of 5
Loose Wire by Richard Dungworth
Okay, I liked this one as well. and not just because 10 is my favourite doctor. This story was the first from this book that truly felt like Who. I don’t know if it was because it is a monster that we know very well or because of the amount of action, but it really did feel like true Who. It portrayed 10 perfectly, it was funny and had so much action and drama, it actually felt like I was listening to an episode of Who. Absolutely brilliant!
5 out of 5
The Gift by Scott Handcock
I have mixed feelings about this story. it was arguably the most festive feelings story in this collection but I don’t know if I liked it. it was just a bit sappy and soft. Nothing really happened in it and it was a bit strange. I will be honest and admit that it probably doesn’t help that I can’t stand Matt Smith so reading a story about 11 was always going to be a bit odd for me. It was alright, but nothing to write home about.
3 out of 5
The Persistence Of Memory by Colin Brake
Again, I don’t know how I feel about this story. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. It just felt a bit flat. I figured out who Clive was very quickly and that was the only actually intriguing part of this story. there was nothing festive feeling, nothing exciting. But at the same time, there wasn’t anything terribly wrong with it either. It was just a bit meh.
3 out of 5
And there we have it. are you a Doctor Who fan? Have you read this collection? Or any of the other ones (aka, Time Lord Fairy Tales)? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again tomorrow