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Food for the brain
on 7 February 2010
The latest doctor who quick reads book. Quick reads are designed to be short and easy volumes for those who dont read very often, in order to encourage them to try reading something and to take it from there. It runs for one hundred pages, has fourteen chapters, large print and prose that's not very complicated.
But even if you do read regularly there's nothing to stop you from trying this as well.
This features the tenth doctor, travelling on his own. There used to be novels that people called past doctor stories, by virtue of them featuring doctors who are no longer the current one on tv. So this is technically a brief return for those.
The story sees the doctor visit present day london, on the trail of something that's causing problems with the internet. He finds that a new range of crisps called brainy crisps are selling very well. And that everyone who eats these becomes much much smarter. Searching for the origin of these brings him face to face with his old enemies the krillitaines [from the 2006 tv episode school reunion] and their latest fiendish plan.
The whole plot and how things develop is ultimately standard doctor who stuff, and this is obviously not the most sophisticated bit of literature ever. But it's a fun read. Because in the first half of the book the doctor has to face everyday situations such as visiting the supermarket. With entertaining consequences. And then his companion for the rest of the story isnt young and female for one. It's a middle aged balding man called Henry. A man stuck in a job he's not very good at. But he's human. So the Doctor won't underestimate him. Even if the villains do.
Nothing special, but a short and entertaining read that doesnt cost much to buy, and your last chance for the forseeable future to read about the tenth doctor. So what's there not to like?