Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Book Review of Doctor Who: The Doctor Trap by Simon Messingham

Doctor Who: The Doctor Trap
Author: Simon Messingham
Publisher: Random House UK (Oct. 23, 2008)
Hardcover, $11.99
ISBN-10: 1846075580
ISBN-13: 978-1846075582

“Excitement, tension, the thrill of the chase, these were a few of his favourite things.”
The Doctor Trap, p. 187

Sebastiene is physically flawless, incredibly powerful and more than a little bit maniacal. As the ruler of Planet 1, Sebastiene has everything he could ever want, but that will never be enough. He’s taken to hunting down alien species, the more dangerous the better. For his ultimate prize, however, Sebastiene must enlist the help of the Endangered Dangerous Species Society, a group of the most ruthless hunters in the galaxy. Sebastiene wants to add the most dangerous being in the universe to his collection: the Doctor, the last of the Time Lords.

Sebastiene uses a genetic copy of the Doctor, a man named Baris, to steal the TARDIS and kidnap Donna. The doppelganger lures the Doctor to Planet 1, but it doesn’t take long for the Doctor to turn the tables on his twin. He manages to switch places with Baris, which only complicates matters. Now he has to save Donna, recover the TARDIS and keep the hunters from killing Baris. Can the Doctor escape Sebastiene’s trap or will Sebastiene find himself in a trap of the Doctor’s design?

The Doctor Trap is an action-packed story filled with twists and turns, alternating between confusing and clever. Sebastiene was an interesting villain but I felt that the story would have been stronger without the final twist; it felt rather anticlimactic compared to earlier revelations.

This is one of the first novels to feature Donna Noble as the Doctor’s companion. While they spend most of the story separated (one of my personal pet peeves with the Doctor Who novels), there are some nice moments of Doctor/Donna banter that the show’s fans came to expect during Series 4.

Rating: 7/10.

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  1. How cool, I didn't even realize there were Dr. Who books.

  2. They're a lot of fun. The books keep me going during the wait for new episodes. The audiobooks are pretty good, too, especially the ones that are narrated by David Tennant.

  3. Thanks for following me. Have I found another Doctor Who fan?

  4. Sharonanne, you're welcome! And indeed you have. I'm a big fan of both Doctor Who and Torchwood.

  5. I am going to read this one next, i have read two before of the doctor who series.

  6. I live in America, and I can't find the books anywhere, and I don't have the money to buy them. Do you know where I could at least find a summary of the books?

  7. For folks in the U.S. looking for Doctor Who books, any major bookstore will be able to order them for you. They're also available from and my personal favorite source, Who North America. They have great customer service and they often have the books before anyone else here in the States.

  8. Oh my gosh!!!! I love Doctor Who, and I didn't even realive they had books!!