The following is a guest post.
One of the fun things about being a Whovian is that in addition to the actual show, there is a huge assortment of supplemental material. We’ve got books, audio adventures, fan-fiction… pretty much everything.
I have always been a huge reader, so I dived into the books as soon as I found them. I quickly discovered that some are better than others, so I thought today I’d help you out and highlight three that are worth a look.
Doctor Who: Dark Horizons by J. T. Colgan. After dropping Amy and Rory off at the end of “The God Complex,” the Doctor decides he’d like a game of chess. He wanders back to the time of the Vikings, since we know they played chess.
A Viking princess is being sent to her Icelandic husband, and as the crew members play chess, a mysterious fire spreads out across the water. Standing on the shore of the Outer Hebrides, the Doctor sees what’s happening and swims out to rescue them. Then the native Scots and their Viking enemies have to work together to figure out what this fire is and defeat it.
This novel read like a Doctor Who episode. In fact, I’d love to see Jenny Colgan pen an episode. She was that good at the Doctor’s voice and at getting the little bits of sly humor written in. The Viking history was equally fascinating, and all in all, the book was really well done.
Chicks Dig Time Lords edited by Lynne M Thomas and Tara O’Shea. A collection of essays on Doctor Who and being a Whovian written by women—as soon as I heard about this, I made my library hunt it down for me. As with all essay collections, some of them will really resonate with you and others won’t so much. The topics are varied enough that there’s something here to make every chick who digs Time Lords happy.
The Science of Doctor Who by Paul Parsons. This is a fun book for science buffs who also happen to be Whovians. (Or Whovians who happen to be scientists…) Parsons dedicates a chapter each to several aspects of Who’s science fiction canon—like a space that is bigger on the inside—and shares various bits of scientific research that explain how that might happen in real life. His writing style is readable enough to make this an enjoyable book for a lay person, but it’s probably best enjoyed by someone with some sort of a science background.
The Doctor Who Encyclopedia app by BBC Books. This is a great at-your-fingertips tool to have on hand while you’re watching Doctor Who. Can’t remember exactly who a minor character is, or when they were featured last? This app will tell you. It comes with character bios, enemy features, and descriptions of places and things that show up in the show. There are probably fan built sites that do the same thing for free, but sometimes it’s nice to know the official answer to your question before you go looking for the fan answer.
Do you read Doctor Who related books? Which ones have you enjoyed?
Nancy Kelley is a Britophile, blogger, and author of Jane Austen sequels. She has two cats instead of a metal dog, but she does believe that if you are ever passed out from regeneration sickness (or any other ailment, such as work) tea is all you need – it’s just the thing for healing the synapses. You can find Nancy at her blog www.nancykelleywrites.com. Read more of her posts here.