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Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (Target Collection) (edition 2018)

by Steven Moffat (Author)

Series: Doctor Who

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Title:Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (Target Collection)
Authors:Steven Moffat (Author)
Info:BBC Books (2018), 224 pages
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Tags:Science Fiction, TV Tie-In

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Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (Target Collection) by Steven Moffat

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In Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, Steven Moffat adapts his story for the 50th Anniversary Special to the novel format in the style of classic Target novelizations of Doctor Who episodes. Using the prose format, Moffat writes a story that revels in the out-of-sequence series of events as the Doctor experienced them. Chapters are deliberately numbered out of order based on which Doctor they describe and when in his own narrative they occurred, though the story still follows the same internal order as the televised episode. Also included are segments between the chapters from the "author" of this account, who uses psychic paper to guide the reader through the events. That author's identity plays a key role to the organization of this retelling. Based on the seemingly interactive nature of the novel, Moffat works in a metatextual reference to the Silence (pg. 133) that's sure to delight.
Moffat uses the freedom of prose to include new asides and references to earlier stories. For example, when portraying the perspective of the newly-regenerated War Doctor and his perception of color, Moffat suggests that the reason the William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton episodes appeared in black-and-white was that those incarnations were color blind (pg. 18). He also finds a way to explain how the Eleventh Doctor appeared to move past the events of the Time War that so plagued his Ninth and Tenth incarnations (pg. 129). In this novel, the Peter Cushing Dr. Who films were the result of information about the Doctor and the TARDIS getting out to the public and the Doctor so enjoyed the films that he befriended Peter Cushing, thereby explaining Cushing's posthumous film credits (pg. 144). Moffat also references the Fourth Doctor story, "Terror of the Zygons" (pg. 152), as a UNIT file. Interestingly, there's a sly reference to Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor as well. These asides, while fun, also come with some continuity errors. Moffat makes reference to the Doctor receiving a message from River Song before she headed to The Library, which would seem to contradict "The Husbands of River Song" (pg. 62) and he gives the Twelfth Doctor a much larger role at the end of the Time War (pg. 218).
The overall effect of this novel is fun and Moffat's adaptation offers a sufficiently different experience from the televised episode to keep the reader engaged. Further, the "Easter Eggs" and other references add a layer of depth that goes beyond what the show could do in a televised format. This novelization recalls all the fun of the original Target books and offers something new for those who didn't grow up with them. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Apr 23, 2018 |
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This is the 2018 novelisation of the 2013 TV episode. Please do not combine with any recordings of the original television version.
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