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So you love Doctor Who. You’ve watched every episode (several times) and now you’re eagerly awaiting the 50th Anniversary special. But what do you do in the meantime? There’s a complete Doctor Who drought!

Sontaran Games Doctor WhoWell, if you’re like me you turn to other platforms, in this case; books. Little did I know that there are many MANY Doctor Who books just waiting to be explored. So then of course came the dilemma, which one to read?

I ended up going with Doctor Who: The Sontaran Games, one of the ‘quick reads’. Now, I was nervous about reading a Doctor Who episode, what if it was nothing compared to the TV series, or what if it changed all the basic rules of the Whovian universe?

Well rest-assured, it did no such thing and I did thoroughly enjoy the book. I’m giving it 4 stars but please read on to find out why.

Firstly, it was well written and perfectly edited, so full points on that front. It only took me just over a half hour to read but that was expected, it’s clearly advertised as a ‘quick read’. Because of it’s length I didn’t get an opportunity to bond with the characters, which would have been a problem if it was any old sci-fi novel, but of course it’s Doctor Who, so I already know who he is, what a TARDIS is and who the Sontaran are.

The story was entertaining and fast-paced with the obligatory twist at the end. Overall it was a good read. I would warn however that if this had been any other science fiction novel, where I wasn’t familiar with the universe the depth of this book wouldn’t be enough. So if you’re not familiar with Doctor Who, and aren’t already a fan then I would recommend you don’t select this book, pick one of the full length novels so you can really get to know what it’s all about.

Doctor WhoOn the other hand, if you are already a hard-core Whovian and need a fix to last until the next episode you’ll enjoy the Sontaran Games. As with the TV series it has some humour which had me giggling out-loud in places. So please go ahead and have a read and be sure to let me know what you thought.

Have you read any other Doctor Who books? Which ones have you enjoyed?

To read a snippet of my work-in-progress science fiction novel go here.

If you’d like to see more book reviews for ideas on what to read this weekend, see the full list here.



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