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Monday, April 1, 2013

Doctor Who: The Nameless City: Second Doctor by Michael Scott

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Title: Doctor Who: The Nameless City: Second Doctor
Series: Doctor Who Fiftieth Anniversary Eshorts, #2
Author: Michael Scott
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781405912105
Publisher: Puffin Books
Author Website:
Twitter: @flamelauthor, @PuffinBooks, @bbcdoctorwho, @DoctorWho_BBCA
Format: ebook
Available: 2-23-2013
Rating: 4/5 stars

Michael Scott (of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel fame) was selected to write the Second Doctor's adventure in the series of Eshorts in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. This time around, the Doctor and his companion Jamie are facing off against the Archons, an alien species that could find itself pulled directly from the mind of Lovecraft. Jamie brings the Doctor a book from a mysterious stranger, little knowing that this is a trap for the Doctor to bring him to the glass city of the Archons, so that they can exact their revenge against him over a past grudge.

I felt that Scott probably did a better job handling the Second Doctor than Colfer did with the first. While Colfer tried to force his update onto the First Doctor and make him his own, Scott doesn't try to force an update onto the Second Doctor, creating a story that seems to pay better homage to this Doctor. I didn't mind the Colfer version of the First Doctor, but feel that Scott handled his take on the Second Doctor MUCH better.

The Second Doctor was portrayed by Patrick Troughton from 1966–69. I've read that a lot of what we see in Doctor Who today is taken more from the Troughton years than the Hartnell years. Troughton brought a sense of goofiness and comedy to the Doctor that I don't think had been seen as much in the Hartnell years. I've probably seen the least number of episodes of Troughton's Doctor, so I'm really basing my thoughts on his character from what I've read. This story is thoroughly worth reading if you are a Doctor Who fan and aren't that familiar with the Second Doctor.

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