June Books 19) Something Borrowed, by Richelle Mead

A clatter of metal was the sole warning I had before a hole in the ceiling suddenly opened, and the Doctor came tumbling down to the floor, landing in an ungraceful heap of rainbow plaid. Nonetheless, he rose to his feet with all the dignity of an Olympic gymnast who’d just landed a perfect somersault.

The Puffin series of successive Doctor novellas continues with this June release by urban fantasy writer Richelle Mead featuring the Sixth Doctor. Unusually, she tells the story in the first person from Peri's viewpoint; there are only a handful of Who books that use the direct voice of the Doctors or companions – I can think of Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure With The Daleks, Doctor Who and the Romans, Bunker Soldiers, Ghost Ship, Eye of Heaven, and The Last Dodo, and there's also a very good short story from Peri's point of view in one of the Big Finish collections. Indeed most of the above list are decent enough, and at least two are among the best Who novels (with one crashing dud that I will let you discover for yourselves), so it is surprising that writers don't do it more often. (I am not counting books where the story is told in the first person by a non-regular character, and of course many of the audio plays use that approach, often very successfully.)

Anyway, this is short but sweet: Peri is a great character to write for anyway, I suspect, and the setting is a futuristic world where they do Las Vegas-style weddings, with the Doctor and Peri getting involved in a planned nupotial where it turns out that one of the prospective spouses is an old acquaintance. Not quite the best of this sequence, but far from the worst.