Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor by Eoin Colfer REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW Aliens lend the Doctor a hand. Literally

Why you can trust GamesRadar+ Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor by Eoin Colfer book review: Aliens lend the Doctor a hand. Literally.

Anniversary fever has hit the Doctor Who world hard. Amidst the millions of other books, CDs, toys and comics coming out in celebration of the Doctor's special day, Puffin and BBC Books have picked 11 big-name authors to pen short ebook adventures. Eoin Colfer kicks the range off.

The first Doctor has lost a hand in a fight. Never one to let a serious mutilation spoil his day, he hooks up with Aldridge, an alien surgeon, who lends him an artificial hand until his biological replacement is ready. Unfortunately, Susan goes and gets herself kidnapped, forcing the Doctor to grumpily leap into action with his new appendage.

If the thought of William Hartnell leaping into anything seems incongruous to you, well, you're not alone. Colfer's Doctor jumps off a building, muses on Hogwarts, Marmite and his dislike of Blake’s 7 , and even has a weird moment of prescience where he wishes he was as fit and healthy as his eleventh incarnation.

It's a bizarre, cartoony take on the crankiest Doctor, but then that's kind of the point. You don't hire a distinctive author like Eoin Colfer and expect him to turn in standard-issue Who . A Big Hand For The Doctor is sparky, irreverent and genuinely funny - and over before you have a chance to get bored.

Will Salmon

Watch an Eoin Colfer video interview .
Read our Doctor Who: Destiny Of The Doctor – Hunters Of Earth review .
Read our Doctor Who DVD reviews . Subscribe to
SFX for more reviews like this every month: special January sale now on !

More info

Available platformsTV

SFX Magazine is the world's number one sci-fi, fantasy, and horror magazine published by Future PLC. Established in 1995, SFX Magazine prides itself on writing for its fans, welcoming geeks, collectors, and aficionados into its readership for over 25 years. Covering films, TV shows, books, comics, games, merch, and more, SFX Magazine is published every month. If you love it, chances are we do too and you'll find it in SFX.