Doctor Who: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy

As you may have heard, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

As part of the celebrations, a series of ebooks is being published: “11 Doctors, 11 Months, 11 Stories.”  Which means October was 10th Doctor (David Tennant) Month! I’ve never been entirely sure if 10 or 11 (Matt Smith) is my favourite, but 10 is the one that drew my attention to these books, and is the one I bought, so…

The book is The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage, costarring Martha (Freema Agyeman.)  If that title sounds reminiscent of the kids’ mystery books you grew up on, then good, because it should.  The focus is on a made up book from a made up series, but there are plenty of references to authors, books, characters and stereotypes to get you nostalgic.

It’s a short book, a fun six-chapter story with scares, jokes and wibbly-wobbly science just like the show.  This is only the second Who book I’ve read (the other was Death Riders with 11 and Amy), but I think they’ve both done great jobs at translating into books, so don’t let that stop you from trying them – or any of the other books – out.

My one small gripe would be that the Doctor seemed a bit too full of himself.  I know it’s not out of character for him to comment on how clever he is, but it felt like it happened rather a lot.  And would he really find an old woman falling off a bike that funny?

Go! Read! And please don’t leave any comments making me feel worse about not getting to see The Day of the Doctor live.



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