Doctor Who: Nuclear Time by Oli Smith

The Doctor, Rory, and Amy find themselves in the idyllic Appletown. The trio notice fairly that things are not quite right in this place–for one thing it is a town in the middle of nowhere, the plumbing and electricity are not hooked up, and there is something strange about the people. The Doctor gets separate from his companions and finds himself stuck living backwards through time while Amy and Rory are running for their lives. Can they reunite in time to avoid the coming disaster?

More than any of the other Doctor Who books, this one deals with the “wibbly wobbly timey whimey” that is the way time works. And as the doctor says, “Time travel, you can’t keep it straight in your head.” In some ways, the Doctor explains more concepts of the way time works than ever before but odds are you will find yourself half-interested and half-confused.

Unlike most Doctor Who stories, there are no mysterious aliens secretly manipulating things behind the scenes. Instead, we get more of an up-close look at humankind from the Doctor’s perspective.

I found Rory a bit braver than usual and Amy slightly more inept–more often than not he was pulling her to safety instead of the other way around and it is more his quick-thinking than hers that kept them alive. It was sweet to see him take charge for once and really protect his wife, but it also rang a little false for her to need as much taking care of as she did. That being said, their actual dynamic was believable and true to form. It was easy to see how much they care for each other and even nice to see a Rory and Amy versus the Doctor moment for once (I don’t mean they were literally at odds but there were small moments, as you will see).

A fun read though not my favorite of the Doctor Who books out there.


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