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I don't know what to think ...
on 29 September 2014
(Review by my 15-Year-Old son)
This book was released earlier in the year, previously only an e-book exclusive. At the time, this saddened me because I'm not a fan of e-books and really wanted to see a paperback of hardcover release. A few months later, and thankfully, a paperback version was released. I bought it the day it was released and have just got around to reading it. Now that I've finished, I'm not sure what to think ...
Firstly, I did have high expectations of this book as I thought it was a nice finishing touch to Matt Smith's Doctor and a good idea in general. Technically, there are limitless plots that you could have for the 900 years that the Doctor spent on Trenzalore. However, these four short-stories prove that they might not all make a good read. The first two stories involve the Ice Warriors followed by the Krynoids. These first two stories were actually really great reads and quite enjoyable. If you think about it, the Ice Warriors would be right at home in the cold environment of Trenzalore. It would also be interesting to see how the Krynoids cope, considering they need a warm environment to survive.
However, things start going sour in the third and fourth stories. The third and fourth stories feature the Autons and Mara. While both of these are great villains, they don't make the best of villains for the advenutres on Trenzalore. Frankly, I felt a bit bored by both of these stories in comparison to the first two. I might have felt better about them if they were the first two stories instead. However, I think the problem is that the Doctor's universe should always be vast and wide, but being confined to one planet, stories can grate very quickly.
Overall, none of these four stories are particularly bad, but they can get a bit dull if read all in one go. As I said, this might be because the Doctor is stuck on one planet.