Lights Out Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E Shorts #12 ePUB

Lights Out Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E Shorts #12 This paperback is part of this boxset is not sold separately Read all my reviews on This short story featuring the twelfth Doctor has been added to the anniversary E short collection that was published in 2013 And even though I still have to watch season 8 with the new Doctor I've been enjoying the stories I've read so far with the 12th DoctorWhen the Doctor stops at a far away planet notorious for its coffee to get himself and Clara a cup disaster strikes not once but twice Not only does the coffee run out every time the lights go out someone turns up dead While being extremely short just like the rest of the series it was also very enjoyable The Doctor and his temporary new companion get a very interesting murder mystery to solve but not without some humor The absence of Clara whom I still dislike might have helped but this was one of my favorite Doctor Who stories Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All around me everything is light and bright And for the first time I can remember no part of me is afraidFirst of all I just want to start out by saying that I love the 12th Doctor His grumpiness and sassiness knows no bounds That being said I also love Holly Black So what better combination than a Holly Black novella featuring the 12th DoctorI really loved this story It was fast paced and interesting and uniue and despite it's short length I felt like the story did a great job in keeping the Doctor in characterI just wish it was longer I hated to see it end I received this story from Netgalley for an honest reviewBlack just didn’t get twelve’s feel right I think could do ten or eleven better they are manic and she does manic well The mystery wasn’t much and just not odd or creepy enough for it to mesh with the overall emotions of season eight I just expect from Black and have a high expectations for a Doctor Who story with the writers of the show doing it so well My only real complaint about this short story is that it was well short DI enjoyed Lights Out a lot it's a really nice little self contained story which fits right into the three missing weeks between Deep Breath and Into the Dalek in Series 8 In other words this is the story that shows us what happened after Clara sent the Doctor off to get coffee in Glasgow in the end of Deep Breath and why and how the Doctor got so distracted he only turned up with the coffee three weeks later in London in the beginning of Into the DalekAnyway Yes This is a story of the Doctor going to buy Clara her coffee third best coffee in the universe on some little space station famous for its coffee because well it's Clara and let's be honest Twelve would do pretty much anything for Clara but obviously he as usual also has an ulterior reason for choosing to visit that particular space station A murder mystery gets solved the Doctor gets to be the Doctor and that's pretty much itI often have problems with the pacing in short stories but with this one I felt that was pretty much spot on the introduction wasn't overly long and the resolution wasn't crammed into a very short rushed bit in the end Also even though it would appear this is the Doctor nearly immediately after his regeneration he actually came across uite properly like the Twelfth Doctor we've come to know during S8 on the TV show especially when the story briefly touched on issues of fear and morality not just a generic Doctor with fierce grey eyebrows and a billowing coat I read the first eleven of this series of Doctor Who shorts last year 2014 when they were released month by month in honour of the 50th anniversary year of the programme one book per doctor I thought they were done with but unsurprisingly this last one has not long been released to go with this year's new doctor Peter CapaldiAlas I've not really watched a great deal of Doctor Who since he started his run not so much because of him but Clara that I can't abide Fortunately in this novel Clara only appears in reference not as an actual character He has a new companion who is much directly part of this story and the story is told first person from her perspectiveNot much can be said about the story without saying it all as it is only very short But it is set way in to the future on a coffee roasting station somewhere in space; coffee is seemingly all important to people and all and sundry stop there to get a really good cup of the black stuff straight from the roasters so to speak Well all is not well which will be of deep surprise to any Whovians and the Doctor's suggestion that he has just popped out to get Clara a cup of something holds little water No the coffee is out of order like the station and something nasty comes out for refreshment when the lights are off and it's not drinking the coffeeNot too bad wasn't feeling it at first but it was a fairly good twist just not a lot of meat on the bones For the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who Puffin gave readers a series of novellas by popular young adult authors each one focusing on a different incarnation of our favorite Time Lord With the dawn of the Peter Capaldi era Puffin has given fans a complete set of Doctors with Holly Black's Lights Out storyAnd yet as I read the novella I couldn't help but feel this was less a Doctor Who story than one that Holly Black might tell with the Doctor inserted into it In many ways this story reminded me of stories from the then annual Strange New Worlds collection that were written by fans about just one installment of Enterprise aired Black's story feels like it was written right after Deep Breath aired with multiple references to the Capaldi Doctor's eye brows and his over gruff demeanor He comes across our first person narrator on a future world where coffee is scarce and the two meet while waiting in line for some As a set up it's decent enough but even as a novella it feels like the Doctor's involvement is tangential at best Even given the at arm's length approach to the companions that Capaldi's Doctor has taken it still didn't uite feel right here The second half features a few attempted twists and turns that I'm not sure work as well as they could or shouldAll in all I came away from this entry feeling a bit disappointed I wonder if I'd read it closer to the time that Black wrote it and instead of having a dozen episodes to get to know this new Doctor if my feelings might have been different As it stands I have to call this one of the lesser entries in Puffin's offeringsI received a digital ARC of this novella from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review It's amazing how we hide from that isn't it How much of the violence of the universe comes from the unwillingness to say those two little words I'm scared The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who was widely celebrated last year and the Beeb teamed up with Penguin to release 11 short stories celebrating 11 Doctors A year later and a Doctor later they have teamed up again to provide a new short story featuring the Twelfth Doctor22845900The authors of these stories were a selection of high profile childrens authors and the latest is written by Holly Black who has written The Spiderwick Chronicles which I hear is uite well loved To tell the truth I did have a mixed response to the previous stories ranging from the utter brilliance of Neil Gaiman's 'Nothing O'Clock' to the utter embarrassment that was 'A Big Hand For the Doctor' While I do appreciate the Beeb trying something new with written Who there are already plenty of tried and true Who writers out the who could have done a much better job of the whole enterprise So for completist sake natural curiosity hope and love for my Doctor I approached this new volume with some trepidation How good could a writer capture the new Doctor when we have only just seen him unfold on screen And how would they go writing for one of the most complicated Doctors that we have met There certainly no longer remains the facade of an upstanding moral fighter There is a lot ambiguity in the Doctors motivations these daysSurprisingly 'Lights Out' is firmly set within the series with the Doctor travelling to a famous coffee specialising planet in search for a couple of cups for himself and Clara after the events in Deep Breath The Doctor soon finds himself a suspect in a hideous murder and meets a being called '78351' who was also witness to the murder 78351 becomes his companion for the duration of the storyWhile the plot itself is by no means new or original Holly does manage to bring in some aspects of the Twelfth Doctor and than just the physical eyebrows joke The Doctor does seem morally ambiguous and does let events take a different course to what another Doctor may have done He does seem nonplussed at the deaths themselves There certainly is the Twelfth Doctor within these pagesSo while this is a light and unsurprising read the surprise is in how the Twelfth Doctor comes across on paper much like he does onscreen thankfully While I have not had a chance to read the three full sized novels recently released featuring the Twelfth Doctor I can say to anyone looking for some Twelve in print that you have come to the right placeThanks to NetGalley and Penguin for an Advanced Reader Copy for review Holly Black was asked to write this story of the Twelfth Doctor before Series Eight had started and had to rely upon scripts with some parts redacted She chose to set this story in between Episodes One and Two of Season Eight and explains where the Doctor went for the coffee he presented to Clara Far in the future coffee is roasted at the Intergalactic Coffee Roasting Station ICRS pronounced ICARUS While there the Doctor turns detective when a series of murders occurThis story did remind me of Charlie Higson's The Beast of Babylon and Holly herself said she had been inspired by that story Again no spoilers but this relates to the nature of the temporary companion The story is also dotted with alien species that have appeared throughout the classic and recent series At least those who would enjoy coffee Finding out in retrospect that Holly Black had written this story without seeing Peter Capaldi in the role did explain a lot as I did not feel that she portrayed the Twelfth Doctor well On top of this I felt the story itself was rather lack lustre So while it was nice to have the collection rounded out this was disappointing

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