Obviously, this is written entirely for sad DOCTOR WHO fanboys (and girls) like me, but the fact is that I really loved Stephen Moffat’s novelisation of his script for ‘The Day of the Doctor’. That isn’t a surprise. The only fanpeople who are ever going to pick this up is someone already primed to adore it.
It’s Steven Moffat stretching himself. Taking his most well-regarded script (okay, we can debate about that, but it’s certainly top three) and throwing it onto a much broader canvass. What I really enjoyed was the amount of depth he added to an already complex story. How much fan service was crammed in. This is a version of the tale with added River Song, added Peter Cushing, links to future stories like ‘Listen’ and ‘The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion’ and lovely jokes about The Silence and there being a Gallifreyan child with the distinctly Earth-like name of Susan.
It’s clever and funny and everything you’d want from a Steven Moffat script in prose form. And if this is the last thing he ever writes in the DOCTOR WHO universe, then what a fantastic way to go out.
I listened to it on my Audible subscription ( they have some great podcasts as well as books, so I’ve rolled it over my subscription for a month) and have to say what a great job Nicholas Briggs did narrating it. Capturing the David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt Doctors in a way which is instantly recognisable, without ever slipping into parody. His Capaldi might need more work (yes, he appears here for more than just an eyebrow shot) but he’s still Scottish enough to appreciate. Obviously neither book or audio performance are going to supersede the TV version in my heart, but I’m still amazingly glad I took the time to enjoy them.
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