This year we celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary. One of the ways we do this, is by getting eleven short stories written about eleven authors. Each story is based on one of the eleven doctors, of course. A range of different authors of children’s fiction get to play with a doctor each and each month, on the 23rd, a new short story will be released.
Here’s the schedule – with links to my reviews (and yeah, I’m behind…):
- January – First Doctor, William Hartnell (1963-1966)
- February – Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)
- March – Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)
- April – Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker (1974-1981)
- May – Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison (1981-1984)
- June – Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker (1984-1986)
- July – Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)
- August – Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann (1996)
- September – Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston (2005)
- October – Tenth Doctor, David Tennant (2005-2010)
- November – Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith (2010-present)
So can you ever trust a Dhalek? Would you ever dare to? Even if they have managed to create an equivalent to Plato’s Academy?
The Doctor and his companion Ace find themselves stuck in a kind of space Bermuda Triangle, The Temporal Plexus. Here they struggle to get the Tardis freed and when they succeed, they are thrown across the universe – to Skaro.
But definitely not the Skaro we know and fear. No, this Skaro is the centre of civilization, philosophy, democracy and art. Everyone is flocking here to learn – and the Dhaleks are the teachers. So when the Doctor attacks one of these Dhaleks to protect Ace, he is not exactly praised. Rather the students are very angry at him for attacking one of their friendly and peaceful teachers.
So what exactly has happened – is this another evil Dhalek master plan or is this something else – and something far far worse?
I really really liked this story. But oh, it was far too short. There was so much potential in a Dhalek build Platonic Academy – just imagine the always warmongering Dhaleks as philosopher kings? I can just imagine them walking around the grounds and saying ‘EDUCATE’ …! So it was a bit disappointing to me that it didn’t do more with this setting and elaborate on how a peaceful Dhalek sees the world and what kind of philosophy it (he?) believes in.
Of course the story had other flaws as well. In particular, there was a very sappy moment between Ace and one of the students that was just too much – at least for an adult reader, but I do think that young adults would probably love that … so I guess I can’t complain about that since this series is aimed at a younger audience than me.
So yet again I’m left with a feeling of wanting these to be just a tiny bit longer …
‘If you make a tiny change at just the right moment in time, then everything else follows naturally, like a ripple effect.’ (location 475-86)
- Title: The Ripple Effect
- Author: Malorie Blackman
- Publisher: Puffin Books
- Year: 2013
- Pages: 55 pages
- Source: Own collection – Kindle
- Stars: 3 stars out of 5
I read this as part of the year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.
- Doctor Who 50th Anniversary #5
- Doctor Who 50th Anniversary #4
- Justin Richards: The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery (Doctor Who) (review)
- Doctor Who 50th Anniversary #3
- Doctor Who 50th Anniversary #2
- Doctor Who 50th Anniversary #1
- Dickens, Drood & Doctor Who
- Review: Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles