Saturday, 18 June 2016

Doctor Who: Heroes & Monsters Collection

Various authors
BBC Books

A new story collection featuring 26 adventures across time and space! The Heroes and Monsters Collection brings together our favourite short stories from the last ten years of Doctor Who. In these tales the Doctor and his companions face the Daleks, the Cybermen and many more terrifying foes. Also includes three brand-new stories for 2015, featuring the War Doctor, Clara and the Twelfth Doctor. With all the humour and thrilling action of the iconic television programme, the Heroes and Monsters Collection is a wonderful read for any Doctor Who fan. 

This one snuck by me when it came out and I found out about it by accident when looking up the new War Doctor audios from Big Finish.

What we have are a whole host of teeny shorts taken from 'The Doctor Who Files' and from the annuals along with 3 new tales, one of which features the War Doctor and opens the book with aplomb.

There's not been nearly enough made of this mostly unknown incarnation with the one novel being a little disappointing.  This one though is a lovely piece of myth building that fits particularly well with the way the Gallifreyan soldiers reacted to the Doctor in the final episode of the current series, 'Hell Bent'.

The rest of the book is, for the most part, a series of fun little shorts featuring various characters both heroic and less so.  We get to see Dalek's victorious, K9 depowered, Capt Jack in the Victorian era, Amy in a bun fight, the TARDIS up for auction and lots, lots more.

In total there's some 26 stories here written by regular Doctor Who scribes such as Gary Russell, Stephen Cole, Justin Richards and others.  With each story being no more than a couple of pages long the whole thing absolutely rattles along and is just page after page of good geeky fun.

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