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Doctor Who: The Good Doctor

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #67)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  80 reviews
On the planet of Lobos, the Doctor halts a violent war between the native Loba and human colonists. Job done, the TARDIS crew departs – only for Ryan to discover he’s left his phone behind. Again.

Upon returning, the Doctor finds that the TARDIS has slipped hundreds of years into the future – and that something has gone badly wrong. The Loba are now slaves, serving human ze
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Hardcover, 230 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by BBC Books
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Ken
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve always enjoyed stories that explores the impact that The Doctor has on other people’s lives, the series has touched on it a few times.

Returning to Lobos hundreds of years late, The Doctor soon realises just how much of an impact she has made from her previous visit.

This is the first novel to feature the Thirteenth Doctor, I was really impressed on how Juno Dawson really captured the mannerisms of this crew.
It must be really difficult to write a tie in novel to be realised soon after the ser
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Bill Lynas
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here is the first novel featuring the 13th Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker in the BBC TV series.
There are a huge amount of Doctor Who novels and audio adventures and I have been reading them since the old Target novels from the 1970s. The problem is finding the few good ones among the vast amount of badly written ones.
Having loved the first four new TV episodes featuring Jodie Whittaker I thought I would take a risk on this book. Did it pay off ?
Well, it certainly started off well, with dec
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Stephen Robert Collins
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This the first outing in book form for The 13th because we have already had comments like the Tardis took us to other places before Rosa (a brilliant story ) this is easy to fit in.
This is lot like Dodo in the William Hartnell's story The Ark in that Dodo sneezing changed history. In this we have Ryan leaving his phone behind on Lobas. Like Ark we have the Tardis moves in time yet plot comparison is very similar but Not lot people, except the hard core fans get it. Specially as the Ark was not
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Katy Alice (The Girl in the Garret)
I just loved it. Juno Dawson captures 13 really well, and explores so pretty heated issues in this one. It lost a star for the portions of narrative that were unevenly paced.

Still this is definitely one of my favorite Doctor Who novels.
Michael Cook
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
With every new season of Doctor Who comes a new set of tie-in novels featuring the current Doctor. As season 11, the first season to feature Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, just recently premiered, it's time for the tie-in books to be released. The first of these, The Good Doctor, was released October 26 and was written by the New-to-Who author, Juno Dawson. It's a novel that explores the impact the Doctor's visits can have on a world and how religions might spring forth from them. It' ...more
Otherwyrld
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the world of writing TV adaptations, the hardest books to write are the ones with brand new characters because the author has little more to work with than a description of what the character should be about. The essential spark - what the actor makes of the bare bones of their written character - is missing at this early point.

It is therefore to the authors credit that this book turns out so well, all the characters in the book feel like the ones we have watched over the latest series of Doc
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Daniel Kukwa
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Juno Dawson does something that hasn't been done since the 1966 story "The Ark": set a story in the same place, but suddenly jump forward several centuries to deal with unexpected complications. In this case, it's even better than that first attempt; it manages to consider the consequences of history far more than the second half of "The Ark", and it also includes some melancholy reminiscences about the legacy & responsibilities of the Time Lords. My only real issue is that the current line ...more
Doug
This novel continues the current season of Doctor Who's examination of the "human factor" in the Doctor's travels, though while the television show seems to look largely at how the Doctor impacts her companions, this one is about literal god-building. There have been a few stories in the past that have dealt with the Doctor's mythologizing factor - The Face of Evil being perhaps the first, though it was a fairly common theme in the Eleventh Doctor years - but not many, if any, have focused on it ...more
Cendaquenta
3.5? Mayyybe 4? Might come back and alter rating later. Was good fun.
I'mogén
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was for some reason surprisingly even more enjoyable than I had expected. It felt like a true epsidoe of Doctor Who as everything was done really well. I could just imagine the characters saying all of this!

It was really humorous as well; at one point they mentioned eating and it made me chuckle cause I always wonder, during their adventures on the show, aren't they hungry?! Especially with all that back and fo-ing in time... I'd be super hungry!
It was even funnier still when they actually
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Owen Townend
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
During this year's unfathomable absence of Doctor Who, I have been drawn to the BBC-commissioned book series. While a couple of titles in the past have drawn my interest, I must admit to preferring the TV show episodes or indeed Big Finish Audio. This is meant as no dismissal of the talents of the writers, just a personal love of live action adventures in space and time.

That being said I did enjoy The Good Doctor, especially as it is the first official book featuring the controversial Thirteenth
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Mark
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
After the Doctor brokers a peace on the planet Lobos between the dog-like Lobans and human colonists, Team TARDS sets course for Earth . . . only to have to return when Ryan realizes that he has left his phone behind accidentally. When the TARDIS materializes, however, they find that they are off by six centuries — and that, in their absence, a religion has emerged that is centered around "the Good Doctor" and is used to justify misogyny and the enslavement of the Lobans. With Yaz arrested and G ...more
WyrmbergSabrina
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, tv-tie-in
A Doctor Who story that has better characters and plot than the last series. (Sorry)
A tale of how religion is used for all the wrong reasons, and prejudice is just nasty. It's nothing we haven't read/seen before in Doctor Who, and while this means the themes of common sense, being nice to each other and don't follow blindly are as subtle as a brick over the head, it gives our new Tardis team a good opportunity to show what they are all about. Yay gets some quality character moments, and yes the
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Julia
This is the first Doctor Who novel I’ve seen with the Thirteenth Doctor and it is a story that could really only be told by her and her companions. They go to a planet and broker a peace between warring factions, only to go back a moment later, in their time, 600 years on the planet, to see that women and half the population are subjugated. This is funny and fun, but it’s also more thoughtful than most Doctor Who novels I've read.
“She strolled around the library, pausing at a tall, thin teak ca
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Theresa
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Whovians
I really enjoyed this book. It reads just like an episode of the show. I'm a big fan of the 13th Doctor, and this is the first book based on this season that I've read. The story follows an unusual situation for the Doctor. She goes back to a planet she, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan have visited (That's the unusual part!) but she gets the timing wrong (not so unusual!) and discovers that 600 + years have passed. Faced with trying to correct things they accidentally set in motion, the "fam" gets involve ...more
Hâf
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As the first Doctor Who book I've ever read, I loved it! Juno Dawson has written a brilliant story that perfectly depicts the Doctor we all know and love. The humour was perfect, Graham desperate to be back in time for Pointless! I'm definitely hoping to read more books in this series now.
Allen
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
where everything you say takes it literally.

The First Thirteenth Doctor Novel, and I enjoy very much. The Story is really well paced it didn't slow down nor sped up higher. The Doctor is such a cheerful Incarnation, She still has that Intimidating Nature. I would say this would be perfect for the Series 11 Episode.
Tim Rideout
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Impressed by the breadth of this, the first novel to be published featuring Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor.

Not only does it capture the new #TeamTARDIS perfectly, it engages deftly with big questions, including the nature of faith & religion.
S Weir
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story! I felt like the tardis team worked really well together in this book and everyone played their part, in a way they never fully did in the main series for me. The thirteenth doctor got some great dialog and I have a much better sense of this iteration of the doctor after reading this. I hope Juno will write more Doctor Who stories in the future.
Fantastic Alice Fox
Right then! Bloody Brilliant

In a mixture that starts with Sylvester McCoy, whirls into a soup reminiscent of angry indignant Tom and of course Jon Pertwee this is everything a new book should be.

I constantly thought of the Killorans but in many ways I found that having a new race of dog folk worked better. And there's even a reference to a Big Finish story about Laika. I think Juno was the perfect person to tell a story like this. It gets into the complexity of prejudice on just about every leve
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Lola
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
review to come! I may bump this up to 5 stars but I'd like to reflect on it first. Initial thoughts (very minimal spoilers so be warned):

- kindness and peace > faith in the church or government
- Mykannos is scum but his motives are understandable (to his character) and well explained- loved his POV chapters
- analogies and metaphors are actually done well!!! in so many things but especially representing people of colour 'passing' and why people who have been oppressed fight back and are then
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Jef Rouner
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maybe the single best DOCTOR WHO novel I have ever read. It’s an action-packed exploration of how good intentions can go awry and what happens when evil people twist myth to empower themselves. Dawson perfectly captures the Thirteenth Doctor, and I could not put it down
Lia
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had moments where I did not expect it to happen and also somethings were in fact expected. I might have expected somethings more that others because ive watched the actual TV show this book is based on for many years, as in I expected that the problems would eventually be resolved but the way they were resolved where unexpected at times and events caught me off guard. This book had some cliff hangers at the end of some chapters and while I was reading I was really intrigued. An example ...more
Chris Wing
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
This is the first Doctor Who novel to feature the 13th Doctor, as played on TV by Jodie Whittaker.

I was quite looking forward to this one (as I usually am for Doctor Who books in general), but for a few reasons this time.
Firstly, it's the first (full) in print appearance of a Doctor (which is always exciting!) and also, it's part of a batch where two thirds of the writers are women.
I think it's nice that we're starting to get more female writers, especially timely considering the gender of this
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Leonardo
Season 11 of Doctor Who was, in my opinion, disappointing... for every fleeting glimpse of what the 13th Doctor's adventures could actually achieve when producers, writers, and cast focused their efforts, we had some of the most boring episodes in the show's 55-year run (please, convince me that "The Ghost Monument" and "The Tsuranga Conundrum" were any good). And yet, as this rather clever and exciting novels proves, the 13th Doctor and her companions/friends/fam/team have a lot of potential wh ...more
Dale
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prejudice is a terrible thing…

Staring the 13th Doctor, Yasmin, Ryan, and Graham

The Doctor and company land on Lobos, where a civil war is raging. The native Loba are a canine race. The battle is to oust the colonizing humans and wipe out the Lopa/Human hybrids.

The Doctor brokers a peace treaty, and the two sides agree to co-inhabit the planet. With all hostilities ceased, the Doctor and her companions depart. But Graham forgets his cell phone…

Returning to the planet, the TARDIS arrives 600 years
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Camilasc
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dw
It's sort of paradoxical... the New Series Adventures novels are kepth on a tight hold by the BBC, which means that unlike other Whovian books, there's not much chance for eccentricities or depth in them. And yet, it is this breezy quality that makes them enjoyable.

The Good Doctor does not live up to its potential. The Doctor and Co. bring about an oppressive new social order after leaving a world?this is an awesome set up for a plot. However, because it is brought by because of a misunderstand
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Zack Khan
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Octavia Cade
Subtle as a brick to the back of the head, this is still a fun, easy read. Dawson really succeeds at getting the voices of the characters right - I could hear them saying what she wrote. As well, the pacing's pretty good, as the story bounces quickly along, keeping enough interest so that I was able to read it in a single sitting, and every one of the show's main characters get their own plotline so that's nicely well-balanced.

That said, though the problem of racism this story explores is parti
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Tessa
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
“You know where the Doctor is! Wherever there are people in trouble, wherever there’s danger. Wherever there’s cruelty or intolerance. Wherever there are mad kings and wicked tyrants, the Doctor and her friends will be there to help those who need her the most."

I was so excited to read about the Thirteenth Doctor! I wasn’t really invested in the story but it had quite a few good moments. What I think was the most interesting aspect of it was the misogyny the Doctor had to face. I think now th
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Previously wrote under the name James Dawson

Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults. In 2016, she authored the best-selling World Book Day title: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.

Her next novel is the beautiful and emotive MARGOT & ME (Jan 2017) which will be followed by her adult debut, the memoir THE GENDER GAMES (Jul 17).

Juno also wrote the bestse
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