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The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage

by Derek Landy

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     'So this whole entire world we're standing on right now is...what? A story? Not a planet at all but a story? How can we stand on a story? How can a story have gravity, or light, or air for us to breathe?'
     The Doctor shrugged. 'Every good story has atmosphere.'

I'd never heard of Derek Landy before reading this book, but his take on the tenth Doctor and Martha turns out to be delightful. He captures Tennant's kookiness well, Martha is very well-characterized, the banter between them is natural and easy (there are a lot of good laughs), and the central concept of the story, where the TARDIS lands on a planet based on some books Martha read as a kid about child sleuths, isn't exactly original (even within Doctor Who) but is well-executed and entertaining. Another hit for this solid series of releases.
  Stevil2001 | Jul 9, 2016 |
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The plot was interesting and not what usually happens, but I found it to be rather predictable. The TARDIS lands on a planet, that wasn't there the last time that the Doctor visited that part of the universe, where the people who live there are characters from books. This already implies that they're not real and that some sort of mind technology is going on, especially when the first characters that they meet seem to be connected to Martha, who was the first to get out of the TARDIS.

The Doctor is in character enough that he sounds like the 10th Doctor, but Martha not so much. There were parts where she sounded like in the tv series, but other times she could have been any new companion.

There is one thing that I really liked about this short story. The length of the story was not as obvious as in the 9th Doctor short story. The mystery starts in page one and you already know the characters, so there's no need to spend any space explaining who they are (for those who haven't read the 9th Doctor story, it features a new companion, so she has to be introduced).

All in all, not a bad story, but there are many other 10th Doctor stories that I would recommend more than this one.


El argumento es interesante y no es lo que suele suceder, pero me pareció más bien predecible. La TARDIS aterriza en un planeta que no estaba allí la última vez que el Doctor visitó esa parte del universo, donde las personas que viven en él son personajes de libros. Esto ya sugiere que no son reales y que hay algún tipo de tecnología psíquica, especialmente cuando los primeros personajes que aparecen parecen estar de algún modo relacionados con Martha, que fue la primera que salió de la TARDIS.

El Doctor está muy bien conseguido y se parece al décimo Doctor de la serie, pero Martha no tanto. Hay partes en las que es igual que en la serie, pero hay otras en las que podría ser cualquier nuevo acompañante.

Hubo una cosa que me gustó mucho. La longitud de esta historia no es tan evidente como en la del noveno Doctor. El misterio empieza en la primera página y ya conocemos a los personajes, por lo que no hace falta gastar espacio en explicar quiénes son (para los que no hayan leído la historia del noveno Doctor, aparece un nuevo acompañante, por lo que tiene que ser descrito).

En general, la historia no es mala, pero hay muchas otras historias del décimo Doctor que recomendaría antes que ésta. ( )
  Hellen0 | Jun 22, 2016 |
This is my favourite of the Doctor Who box set stories. I love the concept of the world that Martha and the Doctor visit, and I was regularly laughing out loud at the commentary on children's novels (Famous Five ripoffs! Hee!), the nature of imagination, and the Doctor's propensity for puns. Recommended particularly if you liked the Second Doctor adventure "The Mind Robber". ( )
  rabbitprincess | Oct 31, 2015 |
Pleasant enough short piece that references The Land of Fiction from "The Mind Robber" while having a little something to say about children's and YA fiction series. ( )
  cdogzilla | Feb 1, 2015 |

The penultimate in the series of short Who ebooks for the 50th anniversary takes the Tenth Doctor and Martha to a place very similar to the Land of Fiction from The Mind Robber, essentially updating that story for today's readers. It's good fun, and perhaps intended to encourage younger readers to find some of the books that Martha likes (though the Enid Blyton parody doesn't actually exist as far as I know). ( )
  nwhyte | Nov 16, 2013 |
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