Doctor Who: Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman – A Review

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Doctor Who: Nothing O’Clock (E-Short #11) by Neil Gaiman
Science Fiction | Short Story
Published by Puffin
Released November 21, 2013
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars

This is another book that I read for the 2019 Reading Rush, this time for the prompt “Read a book with a non-human main character.” I was coming down to the very last day of the challenge, so thankfully I had this short story downloaded to my Kindle already.

Nothing O’Clock is one of twelve short stories written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The series had some fantastic authors contribute to it, such as Holly Black and Patrick Ness. Each short stories tells a tale of a different Doctor.

So far this is the only one of the twelve that I’ve read, but that won’t be the case for long. Neil Gaiman wrote Nothing O’Clock, which follows the Eleventh Doctor (played by Matt Smith in the television series) and his companion Amy Pond.

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When the society of the Times Lords still existed, they built a prison for a species known as the Kin, who were eventually forgotten about, especially after the Time Lords were destroyed. The Kin have escaped, however, and their plan is to legally take over Earth. The Doctor, as can be expected, is having none of this, and it’s up to him to save the day and return the planet back to humanity.

Neil Gaiman is no stranger to Doctor Who. He’s also written two scripts for the television series – “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver.” “The Doctor’s Wife” is actually one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes. All of the stories/scripts that Gaiman have written have been for the Eleventh Doctor, and he does such a great job with him.

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Similar to the two scripts Gaiman wrote, Nothing O’Clock is just as dark, creepy, and silly as you’d expect. I’ve always been appreciative of writers who can write the Eleventh Doctor well, and find that perfect blend of hero and madman.

The story is surprisingly complex for how short it is and would have fit right into the television series. The reason I’m rating it three stars is mainly due to the fact that I’m comparing it to other Doctor Who stories – both in the television series and in written form. Compared to the rest of the Doctor Who universe, this story falls a bit flat. It’s still very enjoyable though, so if you’re a Doctor Who fan, this story is a must-read.

Finally, a quick note – this story is available as a Kindle ebook as well as being included in Neil Gaiman’s collection of short stories, Trigger Warning


Have you read Nothing O’Clock or any of the other 50th anniversary short stories? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!




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Tom Baker has written a new Doctor Who novel!

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Are you a Doctor Who fan? Are you ready for some very exciting news?

Tom Baker, aka the Fourth Doctor, has written a new Doctor Who novel based on an idea he’s had since the 1970s! It’s called Scratchman and it’s due to be released on January 24, 2019. You best believe I already have this thing pre-ordered!

After coming up with the story, Tom Baker tried multiple times to present the story as a script, but it was never accepted and made into an episode. I’m happy that he finally decided to make a novel out of it.

The story follows the Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, and Harry to a remote Scottish island where they encounter strange scarecrows feeding off the local population. As you’d expect, the Doctor attempts to save the islanders, but things don’t go quite as planned. They have to battle a being from another dimension who calls himself the Devil.

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I’m so freaking stoked to read this in January!

If you need something to hold you over until then, here are five other awesome Doctor Who novels:

Doctor Who and the City of Death by Douglas Adams and James Goss

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Yes, that Douglas Adams! This is my favorite Doctor Who novel, probably because of my intense adoration of everything Douglas Adams ever wrote. It’s the original story for what ended up being the television episode of the same name. It’s a fun story involving the Fourth Doctor, Paris, the Mona Lisa, and aliens.

A Brief History of Time Lords by Steve Tribe

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Want to know more about the ancient Time Lords? This book might be a good bet as it contains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about their history, culture, technology and more.

Doctor Who: Plague City by Jonathan Morris

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I loved Bill and Nardole as companions and wish we would have gotten more than a single season with them. This story follows this fun team as they walk the streets of Edinburgh in the late 1600s during a plague.

Doctor Who: The Legends of River Song 

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This book has too many authors for me to list them in the title: Jenny T Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, Steve Lyons, Guy Adams, and Andrew Lane. River Song has long been one of my favorite characters, and her introductory episode, “The Silence in the Library,” I’ve watched so many times. This book is told in the style of River Song’s diaries. Hello, sweetie!

Doctor Who: Shada – The Lost Adventures by Douglas Adams

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This novel is based on a script that was never produced for television. One of the Doctor’s friends has a copy of a dangerous book, The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey, and the Doctor has to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.


Have you read any Doctor Who novels? What were your favorites?