Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Reads: Goth Opera by Paul Cornell (Doctor Who)

Ok people - some women read Harlequin romances as a guilty pleasure.  Not me.  I'm afraid you are about to be inundated with Doctor Who novels since geeky sci-fi/fantasy is MY guilty pleasure.  The best part about Doctor Who adventures is that they don't necessarily need to be read in any particular order because the adventures could happen anywhere by any doctor at any time.  Because I am a bit OCD, though, I will probably read them all in order - series by series.  Don't judge.

Goth Opera is one of the thirty-three Doctor Who Missing Adventures books, published by Virgin Books, between 1994-97. This particular book features the 5th Doctor and his companions Tegan and Nyssa.

From GoodReads:

‘The time of humanity on this world has come to an end. The long night is starting. The age of the undead is upon us.’

Manchester, 1993. The vampires of Great Britain have received a message: the long-awaited arrival of their evil messiah is imminent. It’s time for a recruitment drive.

On holiday in Tasmania with Tegan and the Doctor, Nyssa is attacked by a demonic child. She escapes unharmed - except for two small wounds in her neck.

Why are the descendants of the Great Vampire so desperate to obtain the blood of a Time Lord? And what is their connection to a forbidden ancient Gallifreyan cult

My desire to read vampire fiction comes and goes in waves.  I wasn't feeling it when I started this one, but I quickly got into it. And it made me want to track down some 5th Doctor episodes.

Overall, as my first Doctor Who book ever - I really enjoyed it.  I thought it felt like how Doctor Who should feel, though perhaps slightly slower moving.  Given that it was written to fill the void between filming and was in the lead up to the 1996 movie that I have yet to see - I felt it captured it.  The writing wasn't stellar, but it was good enough.  I wanted a guilty pleasure read and that was exactly what I got.  And it was such a quick read that I was on to the next book before I knew it.  :) The length of these books makes them perfect to plow through on a vacation!

One book down - four hundred or so to go...(Not even kidding a bit)


  1. The whole fan-fic thing. Some of it is amazing, so good that you don't even need to have seen any of the source. I love those. Unfortunately, much of it assumes total devotion to the canon, and without that it's unreadable. And some of it is just unreadable. Triage, and move on. So where do you start with Dr Who? There is SO MUCH of it!

    1. The 400+ ARE canon! I figured starting with that should keep me busy for a couple of years. Probably more because the TBR list on my kobo is a bit staggering with non DW books. I cannot even fathom delving into the world of Fanfic for DW. At Comic Expo, there as an interesting panel about turing Fanon into Canon for Doctor Who. It's too bad it wasn't one of the free streaming videos on or you could see it. It would be incredible to WRITE fanfic and then have it become an integral part of the actual story.


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