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Something Borrowed (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #6)

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A wedding on the planet Koturia turns out to be a far more dangerous proposition than the Sixth Doctor and Peri ever expected. It marks the return of a formidable old foe whose genius matches the Doctor's. Can the Doctor outwit this villain, save Peri and stop the wedding in time?

American fantasy author Richelle Mead puts her own twist on the Doctor's amazing adventures th
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Published June 23rd 2013 by Puffin
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Alejandro
This is the sixth book of the 50th Anniversary event of 11 short stories of Doctor Who featuring the 11 doctors with 11 different companions. Now it's the turn of the Sixth Doctor and his companion is Peri Brown.

The Good

First, I liked a lot the creative choice of Richelle Mead, the author, of having Peri Brown, the Doctor's companion, as the narrator of the short story. I think that it feels natural that the stories would be read from the point of view of the companions. I don't know if this has
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Kribu
As with all the previous Doctor Who 50th anniversary short stories, Something Borrowed was also a little too short for me to truly feel satisfied, but in spite of the short length, this was a nice, complete, self-sustained tale which managed to have a decent plot as well as good characterisation of both the Sixth Doctor as well as Peri.

The warm, often-frustrating but also endearing arrogance of Six was especially well realised in just a few paragraphs here and there, and Peri, as the narrator, c
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Scott
Mar 29, 2016 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A pretty disappointing romp with the sixth Doctor.
Uninteresting story, poor excuse for action, poor character interaction.
Almost had to force myself to continue with this one.
Brooklyn Tayla
That was fantastic, actually.
Dan
Aug 06, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
I've been watching the Sixth Doctor stories lately so I thought it was about time to read this. Richelle Mead, one of the few authors of this series who I am not familiar with, did a fantastic job with a challenging Doctor to write for.

The plot is pretty good, very Sixth Doctor-ish. The Doctor and Peri arrive in an alien city which models itself on Las Vegas. A local man is about to marry the love of his life and undergo a form of change not altogether dissimilar to regeneration. But who is thi
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Nick Wilson
Jun 23, 2013 Nick Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best one of the six released so far, manages to characterise Peri and the Sixth Doctor well and good story
F.R.
Jun 24, 2013 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sixth Doctor’s reign on TV was so obnoxious, violent and lacking in charm that it seemed beyond saving. Watching Colin baker and Nicola Bryant/Bonnie Langford (the former probably ill served by her material/the latter almost certainly wouldn’t make Shakespeare look good) go from nihilistic, bleak scenario to nihilistic, bleak scenario was truly soul destroying. It was almost as if the men behind it had no understanding of the show at all, or else were in the league with The Master (or more l ...more
Adam Stone
Oct 11, 2014 Adam Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something Borrowed was the sixth Doctor story for the series of e-books published for the 50th anniversary. What was most remarkable about this story was that it was written from the point of view of the Doctor’s companion Peri Brown and I have to say that this is possible the best that Peri has ever been written probably even better than she was in the show itself because for once she was a young American female character written by a young American female author which gave the character a life ...more
Jacqueline O.
Doctor Who Something Borrowed is the sixth book in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 12 books - 12 Doctors collection of mini books. This one features the Sixth Doctor (as played by Colin Baker) and Peri, and is told in first person from Peri's point of view.
The Doctor and Peri arrive on a planet who's entire civilization is based on Las Vegas in the 1960s. The planet is an intergalactic tourist attraction, making money from hotels and casinos. They are also known for their elaborate weddings. And
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Alison
Dec 29, 2013 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. Great setting, perfect characterization, best possible villain for Six to encounter again, and did I mention the characterization? Because this is written from Peri's POV and I loved it, and she and Six were on perfect snarky, funny form - which wasn't something I ever said when watching their TV stories. A delight to enjoy this so much!
Ruth
Jan 29, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars. Something Borrowed, the sixth entry in Puffin's series of short stories celebrating Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, features the sixth Doctor attending -- as the title suggests -- a wedding. But not just any wedding -- one occurring in the Koturia alien equivalent of Las Vegas (and given the sixth Doctor is known for his wildly colorful clothing choices, one can only assume he'd fit right in *wink*). Along with his long-time human companion Peri (as played on the show by Nicola Bryant ...more
Isabella
It hurts me to give Richelle Mead such a low rating.

But really, I expected more.

I didn't like this Doctor nor his companion. He's that kind of douche that I don't like and she seemed too "shallow" to me. I might be completely wrong, but that's what I got from the story.

While the idea of "getting married means you literally become a new person" may seem cool, I think it was just... not cool enough. Sounds pretty "tame" to me.

This is the first story to be narrated in first person, and it was reall
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Chad
Oct 21, 2014 Chad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
The 6th Doctor and Peri have come to a wedding on a planet modeled after the Vegas Strip. However, when they arrive they are attacked by a pack of odd creatures. In addition, the bride is an alien that may not be what she seems.

I like the sixth Doctor, but never really liked Peri. She was always eye candy to me and didn't really add to the sixth Doctor. This story is really no different. Although I liked the story itself, seeing it through Peri's eyes and thoughts was kinda annoying to me. The
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Brandon Clevenger
Feb 22, 2015 Brandon Clevenger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Practically Perfect

The sixth Doctor's time on television was brief and as such is often overlooked or dismissed by the average viewer of classic Who. I was elated to find the author of 'Something Borrowed' to not be in that camp. Indeed I would say that for the detail in both of the main characters and the mention of the sonic lance Richelle Mead would have to be a fan. The only thing that I might not have liked was the setting of the story being an extraterrestrial Las Vegas except that it is s
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France-Andrée
Peri is one of my least favorite character and I was agreeably surprised to like her here; she's the narrator and it works.

(view spoiler)

It isn't a complicated story, b
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April Duclos
Feb 08, 2016 April Duclos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly done! I could clearly "hear" both the Doctor and Peri throughout this quick but delightful story. Mead wonderfully captures their banter and attitudes and it was actually compelling to read the tale through Peri's eyes. Despite its short length I found the entire tale engaging and ripped right through it. Doctor Who canon woven into an entirely new concept that felt original, but as though it SHOULD be another regular show episode! This actually made me enjoy the 6th doctor for a whi ...more
Greg
May 12, 2015 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As i am reading this entire set via the full publication known as TWELVE DOCTORS, TWELVE STORIES, this short (’SOMETHING BORROWED’) was easily the book’s highlight so far, IMHO. It had a beginning (obviously), a middle and a proper and formal closure, with the possibility of a happy ending. And the reader was gifted with a twist which some fellow book lovers might have seen coming, but I certainly did not.

In summary this is an ASS.

(Awesome Short Story!!!)

Easily worth five stars in any forum.
Hot Cute Girly Geek
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Kirsten
Jun 23, 2013 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sixth installment features the sixth doctor (played by Colin Baker) and his Earth human companion Peri Brown. It is described as: "A wedding on the planet Koturia turns out to be a far more dangerous proposition than the Sixth Doctor and Peri ever expected. It marks the return of a formidable old foe whose genius matches the Doctor’s. Can the Doctor outwit this villain, save Peri and stop the wedding in time?"

What I noticed right away with this e-short is that it is narrated by Peri herself
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Karl Orbell
Aug 04, 2013 Karl Orbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colin Baker's Doctor, is one of very few that I do not believe I have yet watched. So this book offered my first taste of him and it was quite intriguing.

Sixth Doctor and Peri

The book is first person, from the perspective of his companion, Peri; an American girl from Pasadena. At first I thought, I don't think the Doctor would have an American companion, maybe the fact the author, Richelle Mead, is American, she's just Americanised the storyline for her own benefit. But no, on a bit of research, the companion Peri w
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Iain Hamilton
Sep 25, 2013 Iain Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong entry in the series although Colin Baker's Doctor feels a bit toned down. (Probably a good thing as other reviewers have suggested.) Like the choice of Peri as the narrator (although this may indicate a bias on my part too).

+++++

My reviews of other works in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts series:

1. A Big Hand for the Doctor
2. The Nameless City
3. The Spear of Destiny
4. The Roots of Evil
5. Tip of the Tongue
7. The Ripple Effect
8. Spore
9. The Beast of Babylon
Bill Meeks
Something Borrowed was my least favorite of these Doctor Who stories so far. It never really felt like it went anywhere. Some interesting ideas: Vegas planet, a new definition for "starting your life together", etc. The villain reveal would have had more impact for me if I'd seen a story with the character before.

My main problem was that the Doctor felt like he was destined to win. He was so lackadaisical it sucked all the drama out of the room.

Unless you like the *spoiler classic villain reveal
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Connie
Dec 20, 2014 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book in this collection so far. This was surprising to me since I did not think I would like Peri, but I really enjoyed her here. It was nice to see the story from her point of view. She was very resourceful and seemed up for any adventure. The Sixth Doctor was very enjoyable, I am going to have to watch his episodes now. The Rani was very interesting, and I would like to see more of her. A highly enjoyable story!
Taksya
Apr 02, 2014 Taksya rated it really liked it
Sesto appuntamento con la serie per ragazzi creata in occasione del cinquantesimo compleanno del Dottore, con il ritorno di una nemica mai dimenticata e scritto da un'autrice famosa per romanzi a tema vampiresco. La presenza di Peri, che ho sempre detestato, viene compensata da quella del Dottore in Multicolor e dell'avversaria numero uno (no, non è il Maestro). La storia è simpatica e, come sempre, veloce da leggersi.
Harley
May 31, 2016 Harley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As will all, or at least most, of these novel I base my star rating purely on enjoyment level. In total I really enjoyed this novella, it was a fun and interesting story. I liked how right off the bat stuff was happening and not just waiting 10/15 pages before anything starts to progress like some of the previous novellas.
All in all I enjoyed the story and I'm looking forward to reading the remaining novellas.
Jean
I'm not super familiar with Six, but other readers said Mead got it spot on so I shall believe them. This was another fun short. I loved learning about this forgotten Who villian, the Rani. They need to reintroduce her in the new series. Even tho I like the delightfully evil Missy, it might have made more sense to have Rani instead of a female Master. It'd be nice to have a villian other than the Daleks for once.
Lothfleur
Richelle Mead + Doctor Who, j'étais très curieuse de tester. Richelle Mead a hérité de la sixième incarnation du docteur pour le recueil des 50 ans, on le retrouve donc, accompagné de Peri dans une aventure liée à un mariage à... Las Vegas. Ou plutôt une re-création extraterrestre de Las Vegas.
J'ai trouvé que c'était énormément axé sur la romance. Je n'ai aucune idée de ce à quoi ressemblaient les épisodes au temps de Colin Baker (ça doit être un des seuls noms des docteurs pré New Who que je co
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Robyn Givney
i'm not a huge fan of sappy romance style stories where all female characters are simpering foola who think there's nothing more to life than romance. so i found this book a bit difficult to read. personally i think she got the 6th doctor's character spot on but ruined it with making one of the main characters and a vital part of the story's progression a lovecrazed fool. this story is definitely designed for girls who like romance novels which is all well and good if you like that stuff.
Michael Kelly
Dec 28, 2013 Michael Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really well told story, with perfect characterisations of the Sixth Doctor and Peri, also their opponent (shh, spoilers...)

The setting is a fascinating and engaging one, a world which has modeled itself upon present day Las Vegas. The plot is well paced and developed, the whole being very well written.

It still suffers - as do the other books in this range - for being too short. The supporting cast are not fleshed out at all, there is little opportunity for introspection, and the whole thing, w
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Yellow-craion
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Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away f
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Other Books in the Series

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • The Nameless City (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #2)
  • The Spear of Destiny (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #3)
  • The Roots of Evil (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #4)
  • Tip of the Tongue (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #5)
  • The Ripple Effect (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #7)
  • Spore (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #8)
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  • The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #10)
  • Nothing O'Clock (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #11)

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