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Turning Off The TV #16 – Doctor Who


Welcome to my regular Thursday feature, Turning off the TV! In this feature I recommend books similar to TV shows or films you may have enjoyed, both series and specific episodes.

The TV series this week is: Doctor Who.

Doctor Who

The adventures of The Doctor, an alien time traveler – a Time Lord – from Gallifrey. Together with his companions they travel through time and space in the TARDIS, battling evil where they find it.

I’ve covered Doctor Who in this feature before, but there are so many different books to recommend that I’m going to be featuring it several times! For now these mostly cover time travel, but in a later feature I may target specific episodes.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Although 11/22/63 by Stephen King involves something the Doctor would NEVER do – changing the course of history – it’s very much a timey-wimey novel. I also feel it fits in well with the beginning of series six in that it’s set in 1960s America, although Maine instead of Utah. Like the episode The Impossible Astronaut, it weaves the story into a major historical event – the moon landing in 1969 in the case of Doctor Who versus the assassination of JFK in 1963.

Timeline by Michael Crichton

Timeline by Michael Crichton

‘Timey wimey’ is today’s keyword. Timeline by Michael Crichton is about a group of historians who go back in time to 1357 in order to answer a distress call sent all the way to 1999. The book switches between the medieval period and the modern day (or rather, 1999), and the main idea is that quantum computers can be used to ‘fax’ people to different timelines. Ah, if only it was that easy… I was also amused to read about the ‘high tech computer game that should hit the market in 2000’ when reading about this book, so naturally I had to find a review of said game. Actual quote from IGN: “We wish we could go back in time and remake this game.”. Not to worry, the book has MUCH better reviews…

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1) by Dan Simmons

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

I can never recommend Hyperion by Dan Simmons enough. One of my favourite sci-fi books EVER, it’s got some INCREDIBLY trippy, timey-wimey content – although that’s not the only reason I’m recommending it for fans of Doctor Who. I feel like the Shrike would be a pretty good fit with the villains of the show. It’s both terrifying and horrific, but at times it actually shows sympathy or some sort of kindness towards a few people. It protects a young girl later in the series. It may be scary, but it’s also misunderstood, just like many of the Doctor’s adversaries.

Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Do you have any recommendations to add? Are there any other TV shows or films you’d like me to cover?

7 thoughts on “Turning Off The TV #16 – Doctor Who”

  1. Is it bad I haven’t ever watched Doctor Who? I feel like I should, since it’s sort of has like an underground following in the States and of course is big here in the UK. But I don’t know. For some reason it’s just never appealed to me.

    And of course I haven’t read any of these books, either. Fail. I guess that’s because they’re more adult? I do think I need to check out Hyperion though since you are raving so much about it. Yay for timey-wimey novels 😉

    1. If it doesn’t appeal to you, then there’s no need to force yourself to watch it. I mean, we have enough to read and watch already, right? 😉 If you did feel like trying it then I could recommend some episodes (there’s plenty of bloggers who could actually), then you could make a decision based on favourites rather than starting from the very beginning, or beginning of the reboot.

      YES READ HYPERION. Everyone should read Hyperion… I rave about it a lot, yes 😀 I haven’t read the other two yet but I do have them on my bookshelf…

  2. Ok, I’m hoping to go to the bookstore today so I’m going to get Hyperion! And finally read it, because I should have gotten to it when you first recommended it! 🙂 The other two picks sound really interesting as well – I had no idea Crichton wrote a time travel book!

    1. Yay Charlene! 😀 You have to let me know what you think. Apparently he has, I swear he’s covered every major scientific theme in all his books 😛

  3. Great choice of titles to go with Doctor Who! 🙂 I haven’t read any of them, though Hyperion has been on my want-to-read pile for ages and ages xD

    Guh, every time I see DW on-set photos of Peter Capaldi, I get a bit excited for the new series–I need to see how he will portray his Doctor on-screen ;_;

    1. Do what Charlene has wisely done and get reading Hyperion ;D

      It’s going to start when I’m in the Netherlands and will have nooooo TV access… I’ll have to sneakily watch online or something 😦

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