A Big Hand For The Doctor
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
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 version of the first Doct ...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
Having received the 12 Doctors, 12 Stories box set for Christmas - including this book - I thought to give the first book in the series a second read, having read it very almost two years prior. I remember being outraged that this; the first William Hartnell novel since 2005 (or 2004 - I forget) was terrible. I really hoped my opinion altered on my second read. Unfortunately it didn't. In fact I think I came out of it thinking of it worse t ...more
I'm giving it 3 stars, as it was somewhat fun but I wasn't too excited by the plot.
The Firsg Doctor loses a hand and costed an alien scientist to get a replacement.
My main issue with the story was that it didn’t feel like a First Dictor Adventure, hugely disappointing - I won’t be bothering with the rest.
As an aside, I was really looking forward to this short story collection, particularly the first few, because I joined the fandom rather late in the rebooted se ...more
I didn’t like the way the Doctor was portrayed in this story. He spent a long time ...more
Um conto bem divertido, que soube traduzir para a literatura o clima da narrativa de um episódio da série. O pouco que conheço da personalidade do primeiro Doutor está neste conto, que, pelo fato ser escrito recentemente, faz uso inteligente do caráter atemporal do protagonista. Com certeza lerei os demais, sinto que ganhei uma temporada extra de uma das minhas séries favoritas.
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