Doctor Who: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller

This short ebook, by Joanne Harris, was published by BBC Books in 2014. It features the Third Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee.

For continuity buffs, it takes place during the final episode of the television story Planet of the Spiders.

Joanne Harris is the author of Chocolat (made into an Oscar nominated film with Juliet Binoche and Johnny Depp) and twelve more bestselling novels.

I have avoided the Time Trips ebooks because the thought of getting well know authors to write Doctor Who stories just didn’t appeal to me. “Ok, they’re good writers, but can they write Doctor Who?”

Having read the reviews of this story, I decided to give it a go…and am I glad that I did.

Having been dosed with Metabelis radiation after defeating the Great One, the Doctor is dying and trying to return to UNIT HQ.

The TARDIS materialises in a perfect English village; but not everything is as it appears. With the help of the Queen, the Doctor sets out to solve the mystery.

I’m not going to tell you what it is, you’ll have to buy the book to find that out, but I will say that it brought a smidgen of a tear to this jaded reader’s eye.

Joanne Harris has crafted a short, sweet story (it couldn’t have been longer) and I hope that BBC Books can, sometime in the future, persuade her to write a full length novel for the Third Doctor.

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2 thoughts on “Doctor Who: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller

  1. Thanks for your review. Personally I seek out Doctor Who stories by well-known authors. The stories published over the last few years (e.g., in the BBC hardback line and the Puffin 11 stories collection) by such authors have generally been strong and interesting, I think often avoiding some of the usual fan logic and expectations.

    • Some of the reviews I’ve seen have suggested that whilst the authors are brilliant in their own novels they have not managed to write good Doctor Who stories.

      I have tended to stick to authors who have a proven Doctor Who track record.

      However, having read this story, I will certainly be trying some more of the Time Trips.

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