Gatecrashers by Joy Wilkinson
I love any stories with the Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz. There are not enough of them. So this was a fun story.
The Slyther of Shoreditch by Mike Tucker
The ever reliable Mike Tucker has written a great story here, featuring Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor and a Time Lord. They meet in a pub, where the Time Lord is trying a bitter shandy. Verdict: ‘I can’t say that I’m overly impressed.’ I liked the mental image I got of the Time Lord constantly hoisting up his robes as he runs after the Doctor, and bolts from the Slyther.
We Can’t Stop What’s Coming by Steve Cole
Fantastic title for a story and a very good story. I had no idea who Trix or Fitz are, the Doctor’s companions here.
Grounded by Una McCormack
This is a story that features Clive Finch, the man from Rose, the first episode in the new Doctor Who series in 2005 and specifically his son Ben Finch, who has been grounded. Cue much grumbling. This story is fine. I was disappointed there was no ninth Doctor story in the book. Conspicuous by his absence. The Finch’s were a poor replacement.
The Turning of the Tide by Jenny T. Colgan.
This story was bad in so many ways. I know shippers of the Doctor and Rose have probably been waiting for a story featuring Rose and the Doctor/Donna, renamed in this story as Corin, but The Turning of the Tide fluffed up both characters.
Pain Management by Beverly Sanford
This story featured the Doctor, Bill, Nardole and Missy. One of the best TARDIS teams we hardly got anything of. As chaotic a story as you would expect with these characters.
I felt overall The Target Storybook was a disappointment. There were some stories that the likelihood of you enjoying them perhaps depend on how much you like, or are familiar with, the television story that they are based from. Some of the stories were not good, others were dull. The Dark River by Matthew Waterhouse was at least interesting because it takes you away from the Doctor and has Adric and Nyssa by themselves. The characterisation of the Doctor and Jo in The Clear Air Act by Matthew Sweet was very good, whereas the characterisation of the Doctor, Barbara and Ian in Journey Out of Terror by Simon Guerrier was variable.
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