THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
Title: Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll
Author: Simon Messingham
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: Media Tie-In
Format: Audio Book
Length: 2 hours and 17 minutes
First Line: “Scary, isn’t it?” said Karl.
Summary: When the Doctor arrives on Earth in the far future, he is horrified to find the planet beset by famine and starvation. England is a barren wasteland, and scientists are desperately seeding the ground to make the crops grow again. But now it seems that something even worse is happening.
Karl Baring, the owner of research facility The Grange, has been snatched away in the middle of the night. His sister Katy was with him when he vanished, but is now in catatonic shock – so it is up to the Doctor, with the help of the scientists at The Grange, to investigate. What is lurking under the old bridge, and why is it preying on people? The Doctor must find out, before it strikes again….
Review: My first book by Simon Messingham. Hello Simon Messingham, I’m here to judge you!
This book was okay.
It took place in Apocalypse England set in 2073 (how that’s the far future I don’t know). The planet was completely barren, no crops, no water kind of thing. There was a small group led by a rich guy (Karl) trying to attempt a new method to grow food in England. The Doctor popped in when Karl and and his sister, Katy, go to check on something. Karl goes missing under a bridge, and Katy freaks out and runs into the Time Lord.
Basically… The scientists get sabotaged by the higher-ups and there’s this plant that has been growing under the earth for billions of years and ends up taking over Karl and the Grange, etc.
The troll, the monster-of-the-week… was a plant. It annoyed me that the monster kept getting called a troll even though scientists and the Doctor recognized it as a plant.
I felt like it was a Who story that has been told again and again. The only slight new spin on this tale was that there was a ghost story atmosphere to this.
Even Tennant’s reading didn’t add much to this story. And I love Tennant.
Worst part: This type of story has been done to death in Doctor Who.
Best part: That it does have a creepy, horror story atmosphere to it. Perfect to read during Halloween, I’d think.
Recommend For: Fans of Who, who like Tennant’s voice *swoon*. But also and especially if you like ghost/horror/creepy stories.
Other Books by This Author: Doctor Who: The Doctor Trap and Doctor Who: Zeta Major