Doctor Who: Nuclear Time Book Review

The 11th Doctor Who, Matt Smith, is one unique Doctor — classical but modern.  He is a great start to the 11th season, and his companions, Amy Pond and Rory, are distinct themselves as companions as they are a consistent pair.  True, Martha Jones and Jack Harkness paired with the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, for a couple of episodes. It did not remain permanent.  Enough about the TV series.  Now to the book review…and there are some minor spoilers ahead.

This fan-fiction by Oli Smith starts off Doctor Albert Gilroy and Major Geoffrey Redvers at the Univeristy of Appletown with a female android named Isley. In due time, the Doctor in the TARDIS with his companions Amy Pond and Rory arrive at the town of Appletown, Colorado in 1981.  Doctor Albert and Major Geoff are already stationed in Appletown when the Doctor arrives.  Unfortunately, for the Doctor and his companions, he is in a town of soldier androids dressed as commonplace civilians with a nuclear bomb ready to drop.  Things get hairy, as the TARDIS gets damaged from an explosion and the Doctor lives back through time.  After this point, there is a heavy portion of the book dedicated to the relationships between Doctor Albery, Major Geoff and Isley, and the events that ultimately propel the destruction of the village and the killing of American soldiers stationed at Appletown.  The Doctor finally arrives and finds out the cause of this disaster: Doctor Albert.  By changing the events that occur involving Doctor Albert, he saves Amy and Rory, the village and the American soldiers.  However, there are ramifications for doing this — the discovery of the remnants of the village by the Russians.  Bear in mind this is the beginnings of the Cold War after all.  Overall, a pretty good book. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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