Puffin, out now
Fun facts and adventures with the 12th Doctor, Clara, Missy and Kate Stewart…
After last year’s mix of 11th and 12th Doctor stories, there’s a definite concentration on the latest incarnation in this book – although all 12 of his predecessors make at least one appearance, with a quiz on quotes from each Doctor, as well as other games involving earlier versions. There’s quite a bit written in the voices of the various characters – the spread penned by Missy is terrific – and plenty of quotations of lines from the series.
The cut-off point for “spoilers” is the end of The Witch’s Familiar – there are various references to the opening Series 9 two-parter, including a photo of the young Davros in the hand-minefield – and there’s lots of material about last season’s stories, with DK-esque illustrations of the various creatures. Two comic strips feature the TARDIS team, and there’s a short prose story for Vastra, Strax and Jenny, as well as the usual games, draw-your-own creatures and Easter eggs scattered throughout.
Verdict: As a book for a young fan on Christmas Day, I think it will be hard to beat. 8/10