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Doctor Who: The Good Doctor

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #64)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  759 ratings  ·  121 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
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by BBC Books
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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
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
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
Lady Nerd
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is perhaps the best story 13 has had so far, and that makes me sad. This shows the difficulties of being a female Doctor in ways that the show never has, and every companion has something to do that gives them a bit of character( another thing the show hasn’t done successfully).
Apart from all that, it’s a great Who story, because it takes into account what the Doctor’s actions bring to a community after they’re gone. The Doctor’s speeches are fantastic and inspiring, too!
Farnoush Mellark
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
Ugh, I wish the show was as good as this. The Doctor, her companions, the story, the ending, it was all good. We got so many Doctor moments, we got doctor speech and each on of the companions had something to do that was important to the story.
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
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Katy Alice
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Ulises Estrada
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The story itself did not seem very original, or surprising, however the character's essence can be felt and appreciated much more in the book, and it is as if you were watching a chapter of the series.
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
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 of b ...more
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
3.5? Mayyybe 4? Might come back and alter rating later. Was good fun.
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
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
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
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: tv-tie-in, doctor-who
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
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
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Whovians
Shelves: doctor-who
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
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. ...more
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
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The last series of DOCTOR WHO was the one I liked the least since it’s return. That’s in many ways sad as I was not only so looking forward to it, but it had so many great elements. Jodie was superb as The Doctor, the companions were great (if too numerous; poor Yaz was frequently given too little to do) and yet the whole thing didn’t come together, There were some highlights: the historicals; and the bizarreness of ‘It Takes You Away’. But too often the scripts didn’t quite work or outright fel ...more
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 lab
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
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
Jacqueline O.
I found The Good Doctor to be disappointing - it's basically a chance for the author to bash organized religion and even make lots of anti-Catholic attacks at the end of the book. And that type of bigotry is something that doesn't belong in Doctor Who, especially the more recent years which have tried to be more accepting of diversity.
The story opens at the end of another story as the Doctor, Graham, Ryan, and Yaz are on Lobos, a planet with two races: human colonists and intelligent dogs. The t
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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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 bestsellin

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