author A.L. Kennedy, an original Doctor Who novel featuring the beloved
Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker.
“I shall make you the jewel at the heart of the universe.”
distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers
being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers’ Golf Spa
Hotel, never to be seen again. It might be related to the strange twin
grandchildren of the equally strange Mrs Fetch--owner of the hotel and
fascinated with octopuses. It could be the fact that people in the
surrounding area suddenly know what others are thinking, without anyone
saying a word.
After a week of reading about old ghosts I thought it was time to head off into the great elsewhere for a change and so I grabbed this Who book off the shelf and dug in only to discover that it was set on a golf course in Arbroath which isn't quite as 'else' as the 'where' I was looking for but it'll do.
Kennedy here takes a solo 4th Doctor on an adventure filled with psychic shenanigans and running, lots of running. In Kennedy's hands 4 is all teeth and ego alternately charming and conceited, entirely certain of his own magnificence but at the same time entirely cognisant of the potentially catastrophic results of his actions.
The book is possibly a tad too long and a little careful pruning could have made for a much tighter read as thought much of the final section to be fairly superfluous, a tacked on action ending that felt out of place with the rest of the story.
On the whole though a really enjoyable read that made me chuckle more than a few times, smile often and generally enjoy being in it's company. What more could you ask.
Buy it here - Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse (Dr Who)