Doctor Who: Death Riders – Justin Richards

I don’t know. I just don’t know. I don’t know why I requested not one, not two, but three Doctor Who novels from Netgalley… I don’t know what I was expecting. But this wasn’t great.

The Eleventh Doctor is far from a favorite of mine, so there’s that to start with; I loved Amy and Rory, but … really? Did they (she) bicker like this? I know Rory was led by his, er, nosehairs, but I don’t remember Amy being this … bull-headed. And ugly. I didn’t like this Amy at all – or this Rory.

I don’t know about the writing, either. Would the Doctor really say “run like hell”? I don’t remember the Doctor stooping to what could be considered cursing. I also question having the Doctor, the Raggedy Man, refer to the performer as a “Raggedy musician” with no apparent irony.

It is a Whovian plot, in which the TARDIS lands somewhere unexpected and rather random, people die, the Doctor investigates and saves the day. It was not unentertaining. But it was also not what I wanted from a Doctor Who novel. I think I am yet to find that …

The usual disclaimer: I received this book via Netgalley for review.

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