Seeing anything Doctor Who at my local used book shop is almost always an automatic purchase. Now lets add in that this box set is brand new, still in it’s wrapping. It contains four books from the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones run for the price of one. Wishing Well, The Pirate Loop, Peacemaker, and Revenge of the Judoon. Yes, a Judoon story written by the legendary Terrance Dicks. This set was mine. The first story I cracked open was obviously Revenge of the Judoon. This is one of the only Who pieces containing Judoon that I didn’t already own, as Judoon are one of my favorite of the new races added to the Who-niverse. It’s also goes well with my many Terrance Dicks pieces, seeing as “Uncle Terry” has worked on six Doctor Who TV stories and written about 80 Who books. If that doesn’t give you an idea of his legacy with us Who-ers I don’t know what will. Another interesting thing of note for this book is that it is part of the “Quick Reads” series, a collection of low cost, low page count books to eencourage adults to read. This meant that I could slam through most of this book on my lunch break. No convoluted plots or slow starts here, just fast fun reads.
The story takes the Doctor and Martha near Castle Balmoral in Edwardian 1902. They meet up with Captain Harry Carruthers, in the employ of King Edward VII himself, and quickly get caught up in another adventure as they find that the castle has diapered. Martha and The Doctor both recognize this as the work of the Judoon, so the Doctor splits up to hunt for the alien space police while Martha and Carruthers go to London. Once there, they meet up with Carruthers’ friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a strange race of futuristic aliens employing the Judoon.
BOTTOM LINE: Don’t let the low page count turn you off. This isn’t the kind of book made exclusively for children, in fact it’s made with adults in mind (though children can get into this too). A quick read that is very inexpensive and well written. It’s got a very simplistic and almost cliched plot, but historical figures popping up in Who are always fun for me. If you’re not a big fan of the historical Doctor Who stories or are looking for a deep clever story you might skip this and shell out the extra money for something like Michael Moorcock’s ‘The Coming of the Terraphiles’. Regardless, I enjoyed this outing and you can’t beat the price.