Monday, June 8, 2015
Into the Nowhere by Jenny T. Colgan
The Eleventh Doctor and Clara land on an unknown alien planet. To the Doctor’s delight and Clara’s astonishment, it really is unknown. It’s a planet the Doctor has never seen. It’s not on any maps, it’s not referenced on any star charts or in the TARDIS data banks. It doesn’t even have a name. What could be so terrible that its existence has been erased?
(Synopsis from Goodreads.)
Lately, I've been binge reading Doctor Who novels and short stories. I just can't get enough. That was going really well until I reached Into the Nowhere. It's the first Doctor Who short story I read that I really didn't care for. There were several things I didn't like about it.
The biggest thing that bothered me is that the way the author portrayed the eleventh doctor drove me absolutely crazy. It was like she was trying too hard to develop his wit and sarcasm. It just came off as forced and awkward. It seemed like he was just babbling instead of being his usual, eccentric, clever self.
The storyline also seemed rushed. The whole time they are wandering around this planet trying to survive all the things being thrown at them, which were explained in a confusing way. The climax of the story was also confusing. I had a vague idea of what was going on, but there weren't enough fleshed out details for me to know for sure.
I did enjoy the Harry Potter references that were made. There were only a couple of them, but they made the story that I wasn't liking at all a little more enjoyable. Even though I love everything Doctor Who, this story fell short of the rest of the Time Trips that I've read. I will continue to read Time Trips by other authors, but if this author releases another Time Trip short story, I won't read it.
I give Into the Nowhere: 2/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.