Morris, Jonathan


4 out of 5

(1 book)

Doctor Who: Plague City

An original adventure starring Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor and his companions Bill and Nardole.  A miscalculation drops the TARDIS travellers in Edinburgh amid the plague of 1645.  On top of the human tragedy and sorrow, they soon discover that the recently deceased are returning as ghostly apparitions, unaware of their own deaths and there is also a mysterious figure known as the Night Doctor who visits the dying mere hours before the end.  The Doctor and his friends have to get to the bottom of the mystery whilst trying to resist the urge to change history and save the dying.

The Twelfth Doctor is my favourite (he's grumpy and sarcastic, how could I not love him?) and Morris captures the tone of Capaldi's incarnation perfectly here.  Everything from his intolerance for ignorance, his old-married-couple relationship with Nardole and his deep heartfelt empathy are brilliant conveyed in this book.  His companions here are also done great justice, with Bill being headstrong, empathetic and unafraid to challenge the Doctor whenever she disagrees with him and then we have Nardole, who was the heart of the TARDIS team and is very much that here.

The setting for the story is very evocative, with the dark streets of plague-ridden Edinburgh being an atmospheric backdrop to the core mystery; even if it did feel a little too similar to the Tenth Doctor story 'The Many Hands' by Dale Smith at times.  At first I wasn't sold on the grief-leeches, but their disgusting malevolence actually does add quite a strong note of peril to the story.  I did like the concept of the other alien the protagonists encounter but I have to call Morris out on the absolutely terrible name; 'Psycholops'.

Overall a solid and enjoyable historical adventure for a TARDIS team whom I love.

4 out of 5

Collaborations & Anthologies:

The Doctor Who Storybook 2009 (here)


Doctor Who (here)