August Books 12) Doctor Who Annual 2011

We picked this up, among other treasures, at the Doctor Who shop in east London last week; no editorial credit is given, though 16 pages (of 90) are attributed to Justin Richards, 14 to Oli Smith and six to Trevor Baxendale. Most of the book is rehashing of the stories of the 2010 season of Who, with some reference to previous seasons’ stories, with a few games, mazes, wordsearch, etc. But I want to say a word in favour of Justin Richards’ contribution; my recent reviews of his books have been unenthusiastic, but I think he has three excellent short pieces of original fiction here, a fable about Death on Gallifrey, a detective story set in a museum which is not what it seems, and a brief set of notes on the Weeping Angels, all of which seemed to me somewhat stretching for the book’s ostensible age bracket – and that is not a bad thing. Well worth picking up (at a mere £7.99) for Who fans of any age. Also has instructions for making your own Raggedy Doctor doll.

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  1. The Bloody Chamber is one I can strongly recommend, along with most of Angela Carter’s work.

    I should probably mention Patricia McKillip and Barbara Hambly as well, though I’m not sure the works mentioned are the best ones.

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