Doctor Who: The Secret in Vault 13

Publisher: Penguin/BBC

Review

A talking begonia’s cry for help reveals that the galaxy is in dire peril, and naturally only Doctor Who, or more specifically Jodie Whitaker’s incarnation, along with her new friends Yaz, Ryan and Graham, can save the day.

So begins a mission to Vault 13 – but what’s in there? And what’s all this about a school on the way, where graduation means death?

This rip-roaring and fast-paced sci-fi adventure is additional to the stories of the TV series rather than being a book version of one. Reading it gives a whole new and thrilling angle to fans of the show. It could also be a perfect introduction to the TV series or alternatively it could be read completely independently and without reference to the show – any of these reading journeys will work as you are swept away by David Solomons’ witty and almost breathless prose.

The new female doctor is a fabulous role model, and fans of the show will get insights into her character that may not be presented on screen until the TV series develops. It’s an incredible bonus for fans to get behind-the-scenes access to the TARDIS, for instance – who knew there was a special room with costumes from every age and every planet? Imagination activated!

This book is a total thrill – a really fun read.

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