Doctor Who: The American Adventures

Doctor WhoDoctor Who: The American Adventures by Justin Richards

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Release date: October 25 2016

I received this as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All that Glitters – California 1849

The first story in this little collection. I won’t write a longer synopsis since the story only was about 30 pages long (It would be impossible to avoid spoilers). However, if you are familiar with Doctor Who you know quite well what will happen.

I did like this story, even though it could have been longer and had a little more flesh. It is a very classic Doctor Who story, with a plot that was easy to follow and understand. However, as a grown up it almost became boring, but I think a young child would enjoy the story very much.

I give this story 2 stars (it was okay).

Off the Trail – The Oregon Trail 1846

They are travelling through the countryside to their new home. One morning all the other wagons have disappeared without trace.

This story was better than the first one. It had more of the ‘companion’s view’ (without a companion) of the Doctor, which you are used to see in the TV-series. The story also contained a bit more action. Still, it is so straight forward and nothing is complex.

I give this story 2+ stars (it was okay, but better than the first one).

Ghosts of New York – New York City 1902

The stories seem to just get better and better. This third one is definitely my favourite this far. It is set during the building process of the New York subway. But the work is slowing down. Ghosts are taking over the tunnels.

In this story the Doctor started feeling more like the Doctor.Out of all the short stories the main minor character in this one was my favourite. He actually did something instead of standing on the sideline, watching and being amazed by the Doctor. It is the same as with the TV-series, it is the companions who make it what it is. Without a companion, the Doctor is not as good.

I give this story 3 stars (I liked it).

Taking the Plunge – Florida 2017

This was a very short story, following only the Doctor and the villain. It was a perfect read for a late night. The story has a very simple build – finding a mystery in an amusement park and solving it. I could see a fleshed out version of this story as a Doctor Who special episode. Some more dialogue between the Doctor and the villain would have been a lovely addition. I also think this story could have fitted a monologue from the Doctor.

I give this story 2 stars (it was okay).

Spectator Sport – New Orleans 1815

The Doctor lands his TARDIS not knowing where and when he is. Soon he realises he is watching The Battle of New Orleans unfold. Then he meets a woman wearing a perception filter. Something strange is definitely going on and the Doctor is intrigued. So was I.

Sadly the story has such a promising beginning but the then it takes a turn towards a completely different story. The Battle really has nothing to do with the story, nor does the century or place. This story went from a 3+ to a 2 star one in just a few pages. Why change the Battle of New Orleans for a spaceship?

I give this story 2 stars (it was okay).

Base of Operation – USA 1944

 I think this was the strongest story of all of them. The Doctor arriving at a USA military base from which soldiers will be shipped to Europe (D-Day is not far away). But the base has been infiltrated, and not by Nazis. It is a classic “the Doctor saves the day” story and it felt really well put together. The pacing was perfect.

I give this story 3 stars (I liked it).

“Travel through time and space with the Twelfth Doctor in these six brand new adventures, set in a host of locations across the US and eras from throughout US history.

An invisible spacecraft turns up at the Battle of New Orleans, an alien presence is detected at the 1944 D-Day landings, and ghosts take over New York’s subway tunnels as they’re being dug in the early 1900s…

Filled with mystery, excitement and the Doctor’s trademark wit, these timeywimey stories will delight any Doctor Who fan.”

– Goodreads



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