I was lucky that The Good Doctor came out on a Thursday because it meant I didn’t have to worry about work the next day & was able to read it in one sitting; I always enjoy books more that way, however I know I would’ve loved this story regardless of how long it took me to read it. Juno Dawson totally smashed the 13th Doctor’s first novel.
This book contains humans thinking they’re superior beings.
Although that’s hardly a surprise.
I’m writing this review 12 hours before it goes live on my blog, at 00:30 after just finishing The Good Doctor; I haven’t written a full review immediately after finishing a book for a while but I loved this story so much that I had to make sure my review went up the day after its release (I also have a long list of books to review already & didn’t want to add this to the ever-growing list).
I was unsure what to expect from The Good Doctor – if any of you follow my Doctor Who novel reviews (yes, I know it’s been a while since my last one) then you’ve probably noticed that I’m reading books from way-back-when – my current literary doctor is actually 10. When the 12th Doctor’s novels started to come out I told myself I would read all the books in “chronological” order, therefore leaving 12’s books until last; I did plan to do this with 13’s books too, but something in me just couldn’t not preorder the books immediately. Our 13th Doctor has created history & I was desperate for more adventures with her, in addition to the ones on my TV on a Sunday night. I was not disappointed.
I feel like Juno Dawson must have been under a lot of pressure because her book is the first 13 book to be released, but I really hope that weight has been lifted from her shoulders now because she’s truly done a brilliant job. It’s very hard, after only 3 TV episodes, to say how much the characters in the book match those on the screen but for me I think Juno did a really good job – other than getting Ryan to say “bruv” about 1000 times, the characters in the book complimented their screen-personalities & I loved getting to know them a little bit more.
I really want to praise Juno’s presentation of the Doctor though; at this early stage in 13’s carnation we’re only just starting to learn the things that make her different from the previous versions of herself, but I think this book is a fantastic depiction of what our new Doctor is all about. It’s obvious from what we’ve seen so far that Chris Chibnall is making a big deal out of equality & diversity in this series (he’s even lightly included disability with Ryan’s dyspraxia which is real progress in my opinion) & The Good Doctor has amplified that message massively. This wonderful story has made it very clear that our new Doctor is all inclusive & all accepting, that she loves a good adventure, doesn’t take herself too seriously, has a fabulous sense of humour & is able to control her temper well, whilst still letting herself get passionately angry about what matters to her. I love it.
As for the plot of this book – that was also fab. The book focuses on a world that human’s have colonised & taken over; the Doctor, Graham, Ryan & Yaz are there to help fix a mess that they accidentally created, by trying to bring peace back to the planet Lobos. This novel beautifully tied in with the iconic episode that was shown last Sunday, Rosa, as it shares a lot of the same messages & reiterates what’s important to our new Doctor, & her new companions. Although the message in this book could never been as emotional for readers as the episode Rosa was, it presents a lesson that is just as equally important. It also reminds us of the power of words – even if they’re just throwaway comments (or even jokes).
I really enjoyed The Good Doctor & I’m so pleased I was able to read it in one sitting; I can’t wait for Molten Heart to be released & I hope that Una McCormack is able to live up to the standard Juno has set for 13’s novels. If you’re a fan, then you need this book; if you use the Amazon or Book Depository links to make a purchase I will receive small fee at no cost to you so please consider doing so.
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