I’m super mad at myself because this is the only Doctor Who novel I’ve read this year that hasn’t just been released & normally I attempt to read at least one pre-published novel every month. It was a good read though & it’s made me eager to pick up some more of the old novels before the year is out.
⚠️ Violence & Death ⚠️
In this Doctor Who novel Justin Richards tells a story about a land where electric doesn’t work, so when the TARDIS gets a little too close to the planet, it stops working, stranding the Doctor & Rose. However, whilst the Doctor & Rose are trying to hitch a ride to the stranded TARDIS, people start turning up dead &, of course, neither of them could leave without finding out why. Enter a hunt for some long lost treasure, a hilarious murdering monster & a whole bunch of double-crossing humans & well… the Doctor definitely bit off more than he could chew.
This Doctor Who novel was incredibly funny; within the story there is a monster who has to kill whoever his master says he must (the identity of the master is of course a mystery) but he’s a very apologetic & witty monster who made me laugh out loud more than once. Despite being a serial killer, I loved the monster in this story & I wish him well with the rest of his life. I also think the novel should’ve been named after the monster, rather than The Resurrection Casket.
The world-building in this story was certainly interesting & I loved the steam-punk edge that came with a world that can’t use electricity. I also loved the upside down boats & the disabled characters with mechanical prosthetic – there was also a historic feel to the town that the Doctor & Rose visited, with the old fashioned tavern & docks. The planet’s history was also a great addition to the story (I love a well fleshed out adventure) & having a historic pirate legend (Hamlek Glint) weaved throughout the plot was a great feature. This was definitely a world I could read more about & one I’d love for the 13th Doctor to visit on screen.
Doctor Who novels like this are why I like reading the ones that have been out for a while; this was a proper Doctor Who experience & I really enjoyed it (I also saw a lot of 13 in 10 which was super exciting). Grab a copy of this story using one of the links below:
Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com | Book Depository | Waterstones | Wordery
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