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Doctor Who: Father Time

(Eighth Doctor Adventures #41)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The Doctor is living alone in a farmhouse, with his books, experiments and cats for company. He still doesn't know who he is, but the blue Police Box outside looks vaguely familiar.Giving private tuition to a dazzlingly gifted ten-year-old named Miranda, the Doctor learns that she and her family have fled the planet Klade. There was a bloody revolution there, in which all ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 15th 2001 by BBC Books
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Numa Parrott
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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WHAT A FANTASTIC STORY! I want so badly for Miranda to reappear in the story now!!! (edit: There is a picture of her in his wallet in Doctor Who: The Year of Intelligent Tigers apparently. But she needs to be in the show.)

Even though the pacing is a bit choppy and there's some teenage angst, it's a wonderful story overall with a few really cool new characters.

The Doctor still hasn't found his memories and you can really see the effect it's having on him. Good job, author people.

If you love th
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, 8th, miranda, 2013, 1304, eda, xm[return][return]Years before Georgia Moffett sprang from David Tennant's thigh (or wherever), the Eighth Doctor had an adopted daughter: Miranda Dawkins, lost scion of a imperial family from the far future, growing up in the vividly recalled 1980s (reminiscences of Thatcherism rather appropriate for the moment), the target of youthful desire from her classmates and assassination attempts from her political enemies, and trying to get to grips with both. I ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a bit different from most of the other Doctor Who books I've read. In this story the Doctor has lost his memory of all of his previous lives, so he's living as a 'mostly' normal human being. This slows down the story a bit. However, just because the Doctor's forgotten who he is, doesn't mean that his enemies have forgotten him.

So join the Doctor as he: Doesn't have his sonic screwdriver, keeps his TARDIS in his backyard as a lawn ornament(since he has forgotten what it is
Richard Wright
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Featuring Paul McGann's 8th Doctor, Father Time is one of a number of novels published by BBC Books when the series was on hiatus. It's also from halfway through an arc-plot, in which the Doctor can't remember who he is or what's happened to him. Accept that, and jump in. I'm sure there are additional references to that arc through the book, but I didn't spot them, and had no trouble enjoying the book in its own right. The story takes place over a decade, and finds the Doctor accidentally adopti ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Father Time is an Eighth Doctor adventure set during a period when the Doctor is living on Earth with no memory of his past and no access to the TARDIS. The other books in the arc must have dealt with the Doctor gaining knowledge of his alien background and longevity, because by the time we meet him in this story he's basically the Doctor we all know, memory or not, but without the specifics (Time-Lord, TARDIS, etc...). Given the premise of the novel -The Doctor becomes a father to an unusual (" ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Exciting, emotional, violent, poignant...there's a very 21st century series vibe to this classic series tale, and it's definitely one of the high watermarks of the BBC Books 8th Doctor amnesia arc. I found the ending to be a bit of a quick tie-up, compared to the build-up...but what a magnificent build-up it was. If only the first section of this arc ended here, and not with the less-than-thrilling "Escape Velocity"...but we can't have everything. ...more
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Doctor is now in the 1980s, he has some memories but is still not himself. He gets embroiled in an alien blood feud, and finds a child with similar biology to his own. This is a character driven piece, with the Doctor still trying to find himself, while becoming a father. There's still lots of questions about this novel, who is Miranda, and what happened to the Time Lords. A very good read. ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was the first Doctor Who book I've read. I have a few more sitting on the bookshelf and after finishing this one, I'll be reading more.

Doctor who has a daughter? He doesn't use the TARDIS (or even know what it is)? He doesn't own a sonic screwdriver and he still saves the day?! Awesome!
Stephen Osborne
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lance Parkin generally does a good job with his Doctor Who stories, and Father Time doesn't disappoint. It's a good tale, taking place over a decade, with lots of action and character development. And the Doctor gets (another!) a daughter to raise! ...more
Brian Moreau
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Not bad, enjoyable but nothing special. The main villain kept changing his motivations for no discernible reason.
Simon Curtis
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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Excellent twist in the Doctor Who universe. His daughter - Jenny, we're so far ahead of you! ...more
Adam Highway
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is absolutely stunning, the pinnacle of what Doctor Who writing can be. Read it.
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Reading this book makes me a total nerd! But I like the sonic suitcase.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Out of all the Doctor Who novels the 8th Doctor ones are my favourites. This is one of the best.
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Lance Parkin is an author who has written professional Doctor Who fiction since the 1990s. He is one of the few authors to write for both the 1963 and 2005 version of the programme — though much of his fiction has actually been based on the 1996 iteration. Indeed, he was notably the first author to write original prose for the Eighth Doctor in The Dying Days. He was also the author chosen to deliv ...more

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