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Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses

(Time Trips)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Kindle Edition, 62 pages
Published February 6th 2014 by BBC Digital
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Dan Schwent
When the TARDIS strikes a temporal mine, The Doctor finds himself in Jonestown, Wales, and surrounded by familiar-seeming people. But he never left the TARDIS, did he? And can the Doctor undo whatever damage to the TARDIS the temporal mine has done? Of course! He's the Doctor...

I got this from Netgalley.

As I said in the teaser, the TARDIS hit a leftover weapon from the Time War and chaos ensues. In this outing, the Tenth Doctor has to suss out what's going on and save the day, as per usual.

Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
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Evolution. Thousands and thousands of years of tiny changes could turn little burning sparks of chemistry into people, into monsters and angels and even human beings. It happened everywhere. You went to an empty planet, took your eyes of it for a billion years, came back and boom, there it was: life. Stinky, slooshy, complex, amazing, life. It always found ways to surprise you.

I liked this story quite a bit, but unfortunately not as much as I was expecting to. :/ The 10th Doctor is my favori
An interesting shortish story from Nick Harkaway in the Doctor Who Time Trips collection: stories from established authors who aren't considered your traditional Doctor authors. Not that it necessarily matters - but I think it always helps to picture the correct era actor - this is a tenth Doctor (David Tennant) story, but appears to be set between companions.

The Tardis crashes into a mine left over from the Time War (even it doesn't seem to know which side it was on). This crash creates the Wel
The Doctor is in the TARDIS when a temporal mine hits and then he is in a little Welsh town inside the TARDIS where he meets Christina de Souza (who is not quite the Christina he met on the Big Red Bus). Bad storms are hitting the town and the TARDIS is in pain.

I love Doctor Who, and yes, 10 is one of my favorite Doctors so this was fun. And it was good to see (almost) Christina again as well. Very fun!
The book starts with The Doctor brushing his teeth while pretending to be a dragon. I really enjoyed reading this :)

It has a nostalgic feel to it, because The Doctor misses Donna and Martha and Rose. Or maybe it felt like that to me because I miss the Tenth Doctor. I expected Martha Jones and her family to show up, after all, the book is called 'Keeping up with the Joneses'. It turned out that the book takes place in Jonestown and The Doctor uses the name John Jones.

Nick Harkaway did a great jo
Jim C
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short story based on the television series where the tenth Doctor is the main character and he has no companions. In this one, a time mine hits the Tardis and causes the Doctor to meet up with a character from one of the television episodes.

I thought the author did a terrific job with the characterization of the main character. I had no problem picturing David Tennant and his portrayal. I also like the inclusion of the character from one of the episodes as this was a nice callback. One can tel
Wonderfully imaginative and very much in character for the Tenth Doctor.

That said, I can't really rate it higher than "I liked it".

I really enjoyed the first part of the story, but ... well. It felt a lot like a Ten episode. Which is probably awesome for a lot of people, and shows the author's got some excellent skills and a really good feel for this incarnation of the Doctor and his era, but ... I didn't like Ten all that much, and I didn't like his episodes all that much either. Too hectic. To
3.5 stars

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The Tenth Doctor is my favourite so far, so this Time Trip with the Tenth Doctor should definitely be a success.

And it was indeed very enjoyable, it read like watching an episode. After the TARDIS hits the remnants of a temporal mine left-over from the Time War he finds himself in a strange village. But he never left the TARDIS, or did he?

I like these short Doctor Who stories and this was no exception. The story was quite nice
Laura P.
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such fun!
Andrea Guy
Keeping Up With The Joneses is a Tenth Doctor Time Trip. It would be almost perfect if not for one thing. Nick Harkaway had to keep the whole "Pining for Rose" theme going at the beginning. Sure I liked that he allowed Ten the opportunity to miss all his companions, but gah, that was one of the things I hated the most about Ten. (And I really loved him)

What was cook about this story was how Nick brought back Christina from "Planet Of The Dead" in a round about way. It was her, but not quite. And
Tac Anderson
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read a Doctor Who book before. I normally don't go in for book adaptations, but I'm a huge fan of Doctor Who, and Nick Harkaway is one of my current favorite authors. I loved David Tennant's Doctor. He was wild and fun and brilliant and quirky and so much more. Nick Harkaway is the perfect author to bring the 10th Doctor to life. I defy any Whovian to find fault with Nick's portrayal of the 10th Doctor. And if you're a Harkaway fan who hasn't seen any Doctor Who (really?), it will def ...more
Michael Ben Silva III
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A pitch perfect Doctor Who story from start to finish. I could hear the 10th Doctor in every line, and it had me cheering just as much as one of Tennant's episodes. ...more
Book collector
Fun tenth doctor story. It's well written with a nice twist. ...more
Deep in the gap between the stars, the TARDIS is damaged by a temporal mine. It’s not life-threatening, but the Tenth Doctor will need a while to repair the damage. But he’s not alone. The strangely familiar-looking Christina thinks the Doctor has arrived in her bed and breakfast, somewhere in Wales. In fact, the TARDIS seems to have enveloped Christina’s entire town – and something else is trapped inside with it. A violent, unnatural storm threatens them all and – unless it’s stopped – the enti ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if it's specifically Harkaway and this book's fault, but reading this basically killed my affection for Doctor Who.

Small question. Did he not google Jonestown at any point.
The Doctor himself was very in-character, but the story very strange.
Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill
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I received a copy of this book exchange for an honest review.

For the next installment in the Doctor Who: Time Trips reviews, I chose Nick Harkaway’s, Keeping Up With The Joneses. For this Time Trip short story, we accompany my personal favorite, the tenth doctor on an exciting romp through the TARDIS (the doctor’s trusty time machine and space ship that is bigger on the inside). After hitting a temporal mine (a time machine trap) that shouldn’t exist anymore, t
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

I didn’t actually take too many notes whilst writing this one – firstly because it’s such a short book, and secondly because I just couldn’t really think of much to talk about… needless to say, this will be a short review.

Serves me right for not reading the blurb of this one properly: I saw a Doctor Who book with the word ‘Jones’ in the title, and assumed it was about Mart
Karen Cole
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a title like Keeping up with the Joneses it's likely you'll think as I did that the Doctor will be accompanied by Martha Jones on this adventure but instead he meets another face from his recent past, Lady Christine de Souza, last seen in Planet of the Dead...but is it really her? After the Tardis hits a temporal mine, the Doctor finds himself in Jonestown. In fact the Welsh town in somehow in the Tardis. How can this be? Who is Christina really and most importantly what is the Doctor going ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Complete review in Spanish: http://laestanteriadeithil.blogspot.c...

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and Nick Harkaway.

Also, I should apologize in advance as English is my third language, so this review may contain some spelling and grammatical errors.

I’ve read this book right after the Neil Gaiman’s one, so even if I knew I should not compare them, well, I did not succeed at it. Sorry.
First of all, I thi
"Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses" by Nick Harkaway is a Time Trips series short story starring the Tenth Doctor. I read the Kindle edition which was published by BBC Digital February 6, 2014.

The TARDIS hits a temporal mine and it seems it has a bit of Wales stuck in its teeth or a storeroom or two. Somehow The Doctor finds himself in the library of a bed and breakfast belonging to a different Christine de Souza in Jonestown in this bit of Wales. And somehow there is a monster (Puh Puh Po
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received a free copy of this book from Random House UK, Ebury Publishers, through NetGalley, in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I've found that tie-in novels can be a bit hit and miss. I've really liked some of them, but really disliked others.

This does fall into the first category. I did like the Doctor, but I wasn't sure which he was supposed to be - he was a bit like Ten, but I could see a few elements of Eleven as well.

I particularly liked the storyline of this b
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
The latest Time Trip e-book is set during the period the Tenth Doctor is travelling alone, definitely after the special "Planet of the Dead" and I would speculate before "The Waters of Mars". In the story the TARDIS is damaged by a leftover weapon from the Time War and the Doctor finds himself in a Welsh town called Jonestown where a version of Christina De Souza appears to live. And there's a storm coming.

The Tenth Doctor is characterised well here, although because we follow his thoughts for a
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Nick Harkaway's "Keeping Up With the Joneses" Doctor number ten (that's David Tennant's doctor) lands in what seems to be Jonestown, Wales. But the landing and arriving are quite bizarre. One minute he's in the TARDIS, which seems to have undergone some damage, and the next he's lounging in a B&B. There's something more strange than usual about this little town, too, the least of which is the fact that Christina de Souza (Planet of the Dead) runs the B&B.

This one was a fun concept - one I thi
With this being a novella I was expecting to be able to read it very quickly, as I have with the DW quick reads, but that was not the case. It took me quite a long while to read it and it just wasn't all that good. Ten is one of my favorite Doctors and he was barely recognizable. There were some glimpses of him, but that was it. So that was a let down. I was also a little disappointed that it didn't feature Martha Jones, since I thought she would be feature from the title of the story, but that ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and Nick Harkaway*

3.5 stars

When the TARDIS is suddenly attacked by a temporal mine, the Tenth Doctor suddenly finds himself in the Welsh town of Jonestown whose residents are strangely familiar. With help from Christina de Souza, who may or may not be the real Christina, The Doctor must stop the temporal mine from ripping the TARDIS apart.

This was a fun book that I enjoyed.
Anika Claire
The Doctor has run into a relic from the Time War and suddenly, there's a Welsh town inside the TARDIS, complete with a strange new version of Christina de Souza. Timeline-wise, this takes place after Planet of the Dead.

One of the "Time Trips" short stories, this rollercoaster of a Tenth Doctor tale had me hooked from start to finish (in fact I read it in one go over a couple of hours). The Doctor's quirks and mannerisms come through in the writing so well, I could almost hear David Tennant's vo
Richard Wright
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A novella focussing around the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant on that tellybox. It's short enough not to bore, and cracks along with the feverish energy you'd associate with this iteration of the character. Tennant's performance is captured particularly well on the page, which in itself will be all you need to know to tell you whether you're going to like the tale. The plot itself only makes half a sense, and hangs on a concept (the TARDIS is infinitely big, and contains multitudes) th ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Up until now, I've had a hard time reading books about Doctor Who. They've always felt a bit off, like they couldn't quite capture the spirit of the series.

This book, by Nick Harkaway, captures David Tennant's doctor almost perfectly. The Doctor's spirit and inner ramblings are reflected perfectly on paper.

I enjoyed this brief little escape back to the days of Tennant. Would have been happy to see this episode, and the dilemma with Lady Christina, whom I loved in the original series. (Though i
As much as I love 10, and as much as I love the DW books, this one just left me cold. I get what Harkaway was trying to do, with 10's manic disposition, but this style just read as if he has a severe case of ADHD and no Ritalin to rein it in. I kept waiting for him to just focus and get to the point, which was beyond distracting and often plain irritating. Makes me wonder if Harkaway was paid by the word and could only come up with 1000 words of story, so he had to fluff it up with a bunch of no ...more
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Nick Harkaway was born in Cornwall, UK in 1972. He is possessed of two explosively exciting eyebrows, which exert an almost hypnotic attraction over small children, dogs, and - thankfully - one ludicrously attractive human rights lawyer, to whom he is married.

He likes: oceans, mountains, lakes, valleys, and those little pigs made of marzipan they have in Switzerland at new year.

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