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This review is from: Doctor Who Storybook 2010 (Annual) (Hardcover)
For a slim volume The 2010 Doctor Who Storybook offers a deceptively large amount of material, with eight new short prose stories and one original comic strip.
Admittedly the stories can get a little samey en masse, with various bizarre situations inevitably ending up revealed as the machinations of another race of alien monsters, but the fast pace and varied illustrations help keep the pages turning. Highlights include the return of 'The Unquiet Dead's Gelth in Mark Gatiss' spiritualist expose 'Scared Stiff'; various inanimate objects coming to life in Matt Jones' 'The Shape on the Chair' and typically bonkers fare from Paul Magrs with the Eath under attack from invading alien doors. It's James Moran though who actually manages to imbue his adventure with some emotion, with the time-slip chaos of 'The Haldenmor Fugue' highlighting a tough but necessary choice for the Doctor.
All in all, the 2010 Storybook isn't quite as strong as the best of the previous volumes, but this is still leagues ahead of the official Doctor Who Annual in terms of quality. If you only buy one hardbacked stocking-filler for Xmas, make sure it's the Storybook!