Doctor Who Storybook 2007


  Format:   Book
  Written by:   Various
  Publisher:   BBC / Panini Books
  ISBN:   1-84652-001-6
  Product Release Date:   1/7/2006
  RRP:   £7.99
  Reviewed by:   Doctor Who Online
The Doctor Who Storybook 2007 contains eight all-new illustrated adventures in time and space, featuring Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the award-winning BBC One series.

Their adventures take them from an art gallery on the Moon to the sleepy summer of 1975, from a deserted village to a space station under attack, and from an alien opera house to a spooky graveyard where the dead won’t stay dead.

Sometimes funny, sometimes scary, always thrilling, these new adventures in time and space will delight fans of all ages!


  Submitted:   22/8/2006
  Reviewer:   Doctor Who Online

Where do you start with a book like this? Maybe with Alister Pearson's eye-catching front cover painting of the 10th Doctor and Rose (worth the £7.99 alone). It has 7 stories written by the finest Doctor Who writers around. It has illustrations that bring an already fantastic set of stories to life And to top it off, it can all be yours for under a tenner! (Thats Ten Pounds to our overseas cousins).

Mark Gatiss' 'Cuckoos Spit', is written in the style of a diary entry. An imaginative and experimental style that works so well for the story. It's dark, eery and gripping with some great one-liners. Daryl Joyce's illustrations accompany the story and help add to the eerie-ness.

Gareth Roberts' 'The Cat Came Back', could easily be made into a TV adventure with so many strands of classic who, and some great continuity thrown in for good measure. Illustrated by Martin Geraghty, whose work weaves nicely into the story, with poignant moments brought to life with his illustrative genius.

Tom MacRae's offering, is 'Once upon a Time', which right from the get-go, draws you into the storyline, in a warm "Mr Kipling" manner. Viewers of 'Rise of the Cybermen' / 'The Age of Steel' will be surprised at how different this story and its style is. Such is MacRae's talent, that you are left wanting to know what his next Doctor Who project could be with great excitement. Illustrations are by Adrian Salmon, who's amazing linear style, compliments it perfectly.

Justin Richards' story is 'Gravestone House', full of mystery and intrigue. The bit in the graveyard was chilling and very classic who! Andy Walker provides the illustrations, adding dramatic visualisation to the story in your minds eye.

Robert Shearman's story is the intriguingly titled 'Untitled'. Here, Shearman captures the relationship and dialogue between The 10th Doctor and Rose, perfectly. The story itself is typical of Shearman's work, it consists of a tight, well-paced and imaginative storyline, that will make you think twice before going to an art gallery ever again. Illustrations are by Brian Williamson, who uses focus to really bring the subjects to life.

Next up is Nicholas Briggs' story 'No One Died', which starts off with a very tongue-in-cheek nod to some 1960's (off air) Doctor Who history. A mystery, is the current that runs through this story, and one that keeps your interest from the beginning. Briggs obviously paid attention to the Poirot's and Miss Marple's of yester-year, as his ability to tell this particular mystery was faultless. One wishes Briggs was around in the Tom Baker era, as the story would have also fitted nicely as a 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith adventure. Illustrations were by Ben Wilsher, whose work is a fine accompaniment that could easily translate to an animated version of the story. BBC - if you are listening - make this a WebCast please!

Finally we have Steven Moffat's 'Corner of the Eye', which is very cleverly written in the style of an instant message conversation. Without giving too much away, its quite a dark story, with an almost sombre tone that makes you think about it for a good while after reading it. The end is quite creepy, and leaves you looking over your shoulder. Brilliant! Daryl Joyce captures the dark, shadowy feel of the story with intelligence and sheer talent. Moffat is a genius!

There is also a comic strip called 'Opera of Doom' written by Jonathan Morris, and pencil art by Martin Geraghty. Its perfectly situated in the middle of the book, as a breather between stories. The story itself is set in Venice, and has a great would-be, pre-titles sequence.

Overall, you will notice an overly positive review of the book, but thats because the book, in simple terms, is utterly brilliant! It's wonderfully presented, from the front cover to the back page, and is full of treats that every Doctor Who fan will enjoy. Kudos to Clayton Hickman who's Doctor Who Magazine experience is brought to use in the editing of this masterpiece.

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