Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Doctor Who 12 Doctors 12 Stories Blog Tour: Review - The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy

To celebrate the publication of the 12 Doctors 12 Stories Doctor Who anthology, Puffin have put together this fun blog tour. Twelve blogs will be reading one short story each, and reviewing it on their sites or channels.

These stories have been reissued in paperback and eBook, as well as a special slipcased gift edition. The series has brought together some of the most exciting names in children’s fiction, from commercial blockbusters to literary award-winners. These authors have brought their own interpretation and reimagining of their chosen Doctor, creating a unique Doctor Who adventure in their own inimitable style.

I also have a few quick-fire questions to answer, so here they are!

Q:Do you have a favourite Doctor?
A: I do - David Tennant! I thought he was really fun and looked the part.

Q: Describe the Doctor in one word.
A: Eccentric!

Q: If you had a TARDIS where would you go?
A: I'd go to space to see if I could prove there really is life on other planets!

My story is The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Thanks to Puffin for organising this tour - I've enjoyed taking part!

As a little extra, here's a video of Derek Landy talking about his story:


My review:

When the TARDIS lands on a planet that looks identical to Earth, the Tenth Doctor and Martha are amazed to find it packed with fictional characters from her childhood. But who has the power to create an entire world out of books and why? The Doctor and Martha must solve the mystery before their story ends!

I've never read a Doctor Who book before, but if they're as good as this short story, I might just read some more! The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage is a brilliant little story and I enjoyed getting into the mind of my favourite doctor and Martha, his companion. I've always thought the tenth doctor was the best, so I was pretty excited to be reading a story featuring him!

The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage contains my favourite thing: fictional stories. The TARDIS stops in a mysterious place that turns out to be the setting of Martha's favourite childhood book series, and from then on things just go from bad to worse. It turns out that all isn't as it seems, and that this strange planet might be fictional after all, though not in the way you'd think...

Derek Landy does a great job of recreating the feel of a Doctor Who episode, and I honestly think this story should be adapted for TV. He has the Doctor and Martha's voice down perfectly, and it's both exciting and as believable as can be. I can just imagine seeing this on TV, complete with an unknown planet and strange beings roaming around - it would be ace!

I hope all the stories in the 12 Doctors 12 Stories anthology are as good as this one - if they are, we're all in for a doctor-themed treat. I'm sure new and old fans alike will find something to enjoy here, whether their favourite doctor happens to be the first or the twelfth. You can't go wrong!


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