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Review: Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses

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Title: Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses

Series: Time Trips

Author: Nick Harkaway

Genre: Science Fiction

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 entire universe.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

4 stars

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 job – The Doctor here was very in-character. In fact, the book felt like an episode of Doctor Who. I’d love to watch this – but I say that for every DW book that I like.

The Doctor once again meets Christina De Souza, with whom he had a brief adventure in ‘Planet of the Dead’. But is it really her? Christina was an unexpected but good addition to this book. It’s always nice to see somebody surprise The Doctor more than he surprises them.

I’d recommend this to anybody that misses the Tenth Doctor.


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