Most helpful positive review
on 26 May 2013
Oh, this is gloriously brave. In the anniversary year of Doctor Who, the original chapbook in this series featuring the 5th Doctor... barely has the 5th Doctor in at all. And it works. This is a wonderful little book. Set in wartime Maine, we have the story of two outsiders (an African American girl and a German Jewish boy) who have formed an unlikely friendship. It's about discrimination and mindless hate, and also about the sort of humanity that can endure and prosper through it. When Doctor Who is good, it takes big and complex things (like the Second World War), cuts to their core, and presents them in microcosm. And this is very good indeed.
As for the Doctor himself, he turns up every now and again, but the children are the primary characters, sitting on the edge of one of his adventures. It's not in any way a workable model for the show - nobody would want the series to do this every week - but it's the sort of experiment that the format lends itself to every now and again. Charming and memorable, you should give this to your kids to read because it's about real things they'll recognise, then read it yourself straight after.