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- File Size: 1600 KB
- Print Length: 40 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (23 May 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B54TZBA
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- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
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Doctor Who: Tip Of The Tongue: Fifth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts) Kindle Edition
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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.
I was impressed by the writing which was aimed at the upper end of the younger reader age group and this is my new favourite of this range.
The lack of the Doctor's presence or active involvement in events makes it impossible to judge the author's characterisation of the fifth incarnation. The same can also be said for Nyssa. They appear more like a Sapphire and Steel combo, agents sent to investigate an incursion or anomaly, rather than the Doctor and his companion having adventures. That said, the Fifth Doctor was one of the least pro-active Doctor's with his more contemplative, patent personality. He is just too much in the background during this story.
It also seems an odd choice to opt for a Fifth Doctor and Nyssa dynamic to celebrate the Fifth Doctor's era whereas as the previous books in this series have selected very popular Doctor/companion combinations. Nyssa and the Doctor were a pairing not much seen in the program (only for parts of `Arc of Infinity' really). To choose to a relatively under represented pairing and then not explore it seems a wasted opportunity.
If anything the Dipthodat have less character than the Doctor and Nyssa. They are certainly not the most memorable aliens. The plot might have been able to create something atmospheric and eerie if given a larger word count. As things stand it is resolved far too quickly and effortlessly.
Jonny and Nettie are well realised characters that many younger readers might feel a connexion with. The story certainly has its good elements but as part of this series this should be a celebration of the Fifth Doctor and sadly the novella fails in this respect.
Set in wartime USA the story is centred around two young outsiders, a black girl and a jewish boy. It's a nicely structured and entertaining narrative. The Doctor (accompanied by Nyssa, his only companion at this time, so no Adric or Tegan) makes a quite late entrance and although central to events is something of a sideline to the actual story.
I thought it would fit as an idea quite nicely into the current incarnations of the Doctor, combining some ideas to get people thinking with a good bit of humour.
A good addition to the series, and if you like those, I'd recommend this.
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