Doctor Who: Dead of Winter by James Goss

Based on the popular TV show comes a book following the adventures of the Doctor, Amy, and Rory in a remote seaside clinic filled with aristocrats, nobles, and other sick patients. When the Doctor and crew crash and are taken into the clinic for care, what they discover is something much more mysterious and sinister going on.

If you like the show and can’t wait for it to return in the fall, the books are a good way to pass the time. It isn’t as good as watching the show of course (because the actors–Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill–are so fantastic), but it does fill that need at least temporarily.

Of the various Doctor Who books, this is my least favorite, primarily because it follows the perspectives of so many characters (the doctor running the clinic, a little girl staying at the clinic, a cranky old patient, the Doctor, Amy, and Rory) when I would have much preferred to stay with Amy, Rory, and the Doctor. We spent so much time with the others that we didn’t really get a chance to delve into the minds of our favorite characters despite the first person narratives. The letters written by the little girl were particularly slow and took us out of the excitement of the moment. It didn’t capture our favorite characters and spent too much time on the non-central ones.

Even with these issues, we did get one particularly fun thing from this book: an insight into the relationship between Amy, Rory, and the Doctor. We get some particular understanding about who Rory is, what he thinks of the Doctor, how he feels for Amy, what he does and doesn’t like about their many adventures…He rarely gets this much time on the show, so it is nice to learn more about him.

There are also a number of great lines that really capture the feeling of the show. This may not be my favorite in the series, but it is still great fun.

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