cbr12bingo I wish I told someone today I am a “baby geek.” I can tell you the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek. I know Tom Baker is the “Doctor with the Scarf” and knew I would laugh alone when someone said I was a Shield Agent due to my required mask being a face shield, and them not getting the connection. And the Pop Classics book series (popular culture such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Back to the Future, and X-Files in a picture book format) has been fun to read, even if they were not my favorite-favorite-in-the-whole-world books Yet, Doctor Who: The Runaway Tardis might lose me my geek-card and maybe disqualify me for the “I wish slot” as I have always wished to travel with The Doctor (okay Christopher Eccelston or David Tennant, but you know, “The Doctor”).
I am sorry Kim Smith, but when the only fun part of your story is the fact your character finds a clever way to fix the Tardis, I lose interest. I lose my love of the Doctor and their adventures. The potential was there: When Lizzie runs away from home due to a bad first day at a new school, she meets the Doctor. And the Tardis sets off on adventures unknown to them because Lizzie accidentally dropped her peanut butter sandwich into the panel. They travel the universe and find dinosaurs and aliens and …. But so? We do not interact with them, we do not learn anything about the places or people (we see Lizzie sitting along at lunch, but it is almost as if Lizzie is telling the story in a flashback and not living it) and when the Doctor and Lizzie do interact with each other or the final set of aliens, there is little action, we are just being told what is going on. And the final page where three people walk up to the Tardis/The Doctor, who are they? No explanations from the Doctor? Nothing? Not even a, “See you yesterday Lizzie?”
The art is computer polished. The colors are bold and solid but seem flat at times. They do not really move the story along as one would hope. You are just given a bombardment of colors and details and left to fend for yourself.
Yet, with the negatives, they are only my opinions. I think if you have a fan of the show, especially the new Doctor or want a “girl power book” (the new Doctor is female) it could work. Plus, the fact Lizzie is a child of color adds a bonus to having diverse characters in books.