A Big Hand for The Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #1)
London, 1900. The First Doctor is missing both his hand and his granddaughter, Susan. Faced with the search for Susan, a strange beam of soporific light, and a host of ...more
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Due the general decision of using only one companion on each story, on this tale you have Susan Foreman as the companion of the First Doctor. Which means that thi ...more
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The most important thing in any Doctor Who fiction is getting the characterisation right. With eleven different Doctors, there can be personality mix-ups. The biggest crime is to give one Doctor the personality of another - yes, there are some characteristics shared between them all, but they are ALL distinct personalities.
And this is not the first Doctor as po ...more
In a story set before 'An Unearthly Child' (yes, major offence number one) we see a First Doctor who is an action hero, who has visions of his future selves, who references 21st century pop culture, references of Time Lords bandied about left right and centre, and a childhood flashback with the D ...more
This is the first of a monthly series of tales – each featuring a different doctor – designed to celebrate Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary. Here Eion Colfer (an author I’ve never previously read) takes the first Doctor for an adventure. We’re in Victorian times and there are flying ...more
Admittedly it's a potential poisoned chalice taking on a national treasure like Doctor Who. But it's not as though the author would have wanted for source material. That gloriously cantankerous incarnation played by William Hartnell is here turned into an all out action hero. The characterisation and situations are unrecognisable. Set, it appears, before the first epis ...more
This is not the First Doctor. The plot was okay, I suppose. Nothing special. But the characterization was terrible. I'm fairly sure Eoin Colfer hasn't seen any episodes of Doctor Who featuring the First Doctor. If he had, he never would have written this. I didn't like the way it was written, either. It was written for children, and the writing was very simplistic. However, Colfer often used archaic or more "adult" words. I'm pretty sure that would annoy most children. For instance, he used a wo...more
This version of the first Doct ...more
I'm giving it 3 stars, as it was somewhat fun but I wasn't too excited by the plot.
This was good though, a nice little short story regarding the Doctor getting into a scrape and ha ...more
This short story started the 11 short stories for 11 Doctors. I've not read any of this authors prior stuff, but the story was fairly simple. I did like a couple of the characters, but the Doctor was a bit off. He was too energetic and adventurous. He seems more like the Doctor that the First Doctor could have been after the reboot. It was a quick fun story, but not overly imp ...more
The story was okay, but I didn’t find the find the writing to be that engaging or characters to have much depth, and for someone who hasn’t seen much Classic Who (and no episodes with the First Doctor), it didn’t feel like I had much to work with as far as visualising the scenes and getting a feel for the characters.
The ending was alright, although it seemed like some things that lead up to it ...more
Summary: Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter, and the children she’s trying to rescue get kidnapped by Soul Pirates. So of course it is up to the Doctor to mount a rescue.
Review: I was so excited when I first heard about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, but when I read this one I couldn’t help but feel very disappointed. I feel like I’m repeating the reviews of a lot of others out there but… this is not the first Doctor. The Doctor here sounds too New Who-ish and not like the ...more
On the one hand, it’s a fun little story that is very much in keeping with the spirit of the current series. On the other, it places the First Doctor in a story completely unlike any of his televised adventures. This doesn’t really work, because the adventures of the First Doctor were very different from those of the Elevent ...more
First, as a NuWho fan, I loved feeling like I instantly knew who the first Doctor was, without ever having seen him on-screen. Without being too heavy-handed about it, Colfer made him come to life almost instantly. From reading other reviews, it looks as though Colfer didn't accurately capture the First Doctor as he really was, but I disagree with the sentiment that he comes off as the 10th/11th Doctor ...more
Author: Eoin Colfer
Age Range: 10+
Score: 2/10 - A badly researched book with a dull writing style.
As you can probably tell - I did not like this book. These 50th Anniversary E-books are meant to compliment the show - this did the opposite. I love the First Doctor, William Hartnell - he is brilliant and the show would not be what it is today without him - and it is such a shame that the only First Doctor book available to me is this.
To start wit ...more
Second, I kind of don't like the idea of recyc ...more
The book is about the Doctor needing a new hand because it was sliced/cut of by a soul pirate. During this he comes face to face with them again after his granddaughter Susan is taken to their ship. The doctor must save the day again, by saving her, ...more
He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A ...more