Book Review: Nuclear Time

Jan
18
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Nuclear Time Nuclear Time by
Series: Doctor Who: New Adventures Series #40
in 2010
Genres:
Pages: 256
Source:
Goodreads

Colorado, 1978. The Doctor and Amy arrive in Appletown - an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist, whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is the Doctor... As death falls from the sky, the Doctor is trapped. The TARDIS is damaged, and the Doctor finds he is living backwards through time. With Amy being hunted through the suburban streets of the Doctor's own future and getting farther away with every passing second, he must unravel the secrets of Appletown before time runs out!


 

My Review:

If there is such a thing as guilty pleasure books, the Doctor Who books are it for me. They’re not even that good, but boy do I love them. I’m slightly embarrassed to even admit that I read them, but for posterity (and challenges) sake, I’m going to at least write down a few thoughts.

This is one of the newest ones, about the Eleventh Doctor and his companions Amy and Rory. They land in Colorado during the Cold War in a town that is too perfect. Of course, that’s because all the people are robot assassins, about to be terminated because they couldn’t tell the difference between the target and everybody else.

The book overall reminded me of the episode Amy’s Choice, and not in a good way. It was one of the less well written in the series, simply re-using bits and pieces from the series in a different order and slapping in a bit of admittedly accurate dialogue. That was the best part, really, because Smith got the voices of the characters just right.

I guess, in the end, the books can never live up to the series. One of the reasons I love the series is the way the writers are so careful about tying in loose ends and tying the entire series together. It really makes the show for me, and it tells me the writers truly care about the story and not just how many viewers they can get. True, each series has its own one-off adventures, and some are better than others, but they all tie in somehow, even if it’s just the mention of a few words or a shot of a crack in time at the end. When you have a series made up of thousands of books each written by a different author, and often written before a series has even finished airing, it’s really difficult to tie the stories in. So instead, you get a bunch of one-off adventures, some better than others, but without much relation to the series itself. It’s good enough to tide you over when the next episodes are nearly a year away, but not the real thing. (Kinda like being on a diet. You can’t eat the real thing, so you make do with something that’s close to satisfy your cravings. Not a perfect metaphor, but you get the point.)

Anyways, overall, I wouldn’t recommend this one, mostly because it’s my guilty pleasure, and that’s the only reason I enjoyed it. Only someone else as obsessed as me would get the enjoyment.





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