This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.Initially, when I saw today’s topic, I kind of drew a blank. “Huh. What. *moans* I have to think?” Under the shower I started laughingly thinking of what I could write about if I chose Doctor Who, and guess what, I HAVE FREAKING GLORIOUS IDEAS. So. Doctor Who fans, be prepared. And if you don’t watch Doctor Who… I’m sorry. BUT still read the list, and if enough of your favorite books are on it, maybe you’ll finally make the A+ EXCELLENT LIFE DECISION to become a Whovian.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill remains the best time travel book I’ve read to date. Not only is the plot one that shocks you, much like Doctor Who could, but I really liked the world building and time travel logic. So many books get that wrong or just don’t quite make it, but this one, to me, was solid. It kind of blew my mind.
I LOVE Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS for a WHOLE BUNCH OF REASONS (*cough*gratuitousamountsofWhoufflé*cough*) but I have to admit that the episode was also majorly creepy. The TARDIS was a wreck and the “salvage” crew wanted to cut it up… then there were those zombie creature things. And then the ship started to warp. SCARY SCARY SCARY. And in that sense it perfectly matches the vibe and atmosphere of Avalon by Mindee Arnett. Though it’s not my favorite book ever, it was good-creepy and appealed to my sci-fi nerd self.
At a higher level, Doctor Who is just plain sci-fi, so obviously I had to draw some parallel to recommend Cinder by Marissa Meyer. But I love how both capture those classically brilliant things like androids and cyborgs (though those are way different in Doctor Who *cough*). If you like K-9, you’ll probably love Iko, Cinder’s android. Not only is Iko herself super cute, but their relationship is also aww-worthy.
BUT, if K-9 is not enough to convince you to read The Lunar Chronicles series, and you are a fan of Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks, you definitely want to get to Cress by Marissa Meyer. You’ll love Cress, the character, because she’s just like Oswin in that episode (albeit more naive and less snarky) – she’s a hacker watching over the other characters from afar, helping in whatever way she can. Yeah, that parallel made it into my review of Cress. Not sorry.
or Clara’s in The Name of the Doctor…
Err. This is a more complicated one, because haha OBVIOUSLY Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is not sci-fi. But I can’t get into either side of this parallel for fear of spoilers. Just feelings in a plot twist. Feeeeeelings.
If you like Jack, you’ll probably love Sturmhond in Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I mean, okay, Sturmhond isn’t gay (thank god because I want a slice of that), but he’s also the kind of hilariously charming character that immediately catches your attention and gets you all flustered and giggly. And just like Jack, you learn later that there’s SO MUCH DEPTH to this one guy who you thought was just all charm. Looooove.
Parallel worlds can be SO NASTY for getting in the way of OTPs, amirite? But so basically, if Ten/Rose is your OTP, you will probably cry yourself silly because of the most glorious ship in Pivot Point by Kasie West. They will break your heart. And not a Ten/Rose shipper? Neither am I, and Pivot Point is still one of my FAVORITE books ever. Parallel timelines. Seriously. That should be enough.
Okay, the time travel logic of Doctor Who is solid to an extent (aka don’t think about it too much), but I really love the idea of the fixed moments in time. Usually, for the Doctor, this is more bad than good – there are moments he just can’t interfere in, and he just has to let certain bad things happen. But on the other hand, it can have a positive fate-like aspect for other characters. That’s what I loved so much about the eventual message of Parallel by Lauren Miller‘s parallel universes. It’s just a beautiful story.
BEWARE THE SHADOWS. Haha, if you liked that scary Doctor Who monster, you’ll definitely want to check out Arclight by Josin L. McQuein, even though I just read the sequel and was quite disappointed by it. But Arclight is all about shadow monsters. Gotta stay in the light. My fear of the dark was rekindled. Yay creepy!
back to Victorian England…
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier is just fun fun fun. The characters and the laughter they incite through humorous banter is probably the closest parallel to Doctor Who. A character like Ximerius – I could totally picture him in the Doctor Who universe. But Ruby Red also has time travel and fun short trips to the past. It is very aesthetic, since a lot of emphasis is placed on the characters blending in – so they have to learn about the appropriate clothing and behavior. SO. Yes, I love this series