Saturday, 3 October 2015

Fall Reads: Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse

Doctor Who: The Dorsten's Curse
by A.L. Kennedy
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pub. Date: July 14, 2015
ISBN: 978-0553419443
Pages: 368
Buy Link: Amazon


I stumbled up on the first season of the Doctor Who reboot when it aired on the Scifi Channel (now known as Syfy) in 2006 and I quickly became a big fan. I later learned about the original the series that started in the 1960s to the 1980s and that the new seasons (well series in the Britain) are a continuation. Since then, I've watched a handful of episodes featuring the original incarnations of the Doctors on DVD.

Now available in paperback is Doctor Who: The Dorsten's Curse by A.L. Kennedy, which is an adventure featuring the 4th Doctor (whom was played by Tom Baker from 1974 to 1981). Set at the Fetch Brothers’ Golf Spa Hotel, the plot involves golfers disappearing into thin air and of course the Doctor is there in the nick of time to investigate it.

Once again the Doctor recruits two new companion, Bryony, a Fetch Brothers’ Junior Receptionist,  and alien named Putta Pattershaun, to help unravel the mystery behind why the golfers are vanishing. To make matters worse, the other people at the spa are acting weird, especially Mrs. Fetch and and the twin grandchildren; all of which seem to have the ability to read minds.

As most Doctor Who stories go, there is something alien-like that is causing all the chaos and the Doctor Bryony and his companions must stop it.

From my understanding by other readers, is that this book is based on a short story called The Death Pit, so if you've already read the short story, then there's no reason to read the full-version of it. I've only seen a few episodes that starred Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor and he seemed to be a fun Doctor, so I was slightly disappointed with The Dorsten's Curse as it doesn't have the wit that's in the Doctor Who seasons/series. Don't get me wrong, the book is well-written, but it has too many boring scenes. Overall, Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse is written for diehard fans of the 4th Doctor. Other readers might not like it.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

A.L. KENNEDY has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards – including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She lives in London and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at Warwick University.

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