Friday, November 20, 2015

Doctor Who: Death Riders ~Justin Richards (earc) review [@JJCRichards @PenguinUKBooks @bbcdoctorwho]

Doctor Who: Death Riders
Penguin Books Limited (UK)
November 17, 2015
160 pages
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The Galactic Fair has arrived on the mining asteroid of Stanalan and anticipation is building around the construction of the fair's most popular attraction - the Death Ride! But there is something sinister going on behind all the fun of the fair; people are mysteriously dying in the Off-Limits tunnels. Join the Doctor, Amy and Rory as they investigate . . .
Doctor Who: Death Rider was my favorite of the three Doctor Who titles I read this month (other reviews here and here).

Author Justin Richard's portrayals of the Doctor, Amy and Rory are absolutely pitch perfect. From their mannerisms to their speech, it wasn't even that it was easy to imagine them as the characters we know from the show: they were them.

I also loved the Galactic Fair. That it bore similarities to a county (or similar) fair someone could attend now, here made it that much better. The small changes in the carnival games, attendees, etc were quirky and fun. (And the best use of a probable, possible coconut.)

The mystery that the three have to investigate, what it presents as, the misconceptions, the side characters involved, the truth, how it has to be solved, etc was great. It felt very much like a Doctor Who episode.

If you have been wishing for a new adventure with Matt Smith's Doctor, then Death Riders is very much recommend. (It is even if you have not been wishing for one)

review copy received, via NetGalley, from publisher

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