Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Best Books for 'Doctor Who' Fans Based on Your Favorite Doctor
November 22, 2013
British science fiction series "Doctor Who" celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, with the "Day of the Doctor" TV special uniting the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and secret War Doctor (John Hurt). The adventures of this quirky, powerful, fallible Time Lord and his space-traveling companions have made the TV show a pop culture mainstay for half a century, with the Doctor regenerating into a new personality every few seasons. Each unique Doctor engages different fans--and each of those fans has a different taste in books. Find out which book is the best read for you based on your favorite Doctor. Allons-y!
Like this frail-but-wiry First Doctor, don't let anyone tell you that "War and Peace"--or any older book--has lost its relevance! It's a classic for a reason.
If you're fascinated by impish schemers who take advantage of others' opinions of them, supplement your rewatch of Second Doctor-era episodes with George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series and the unforgettable Tyrion Lannister.
This Doctor embodies opposing elements--tech-savvy scientist dismissed as a "dandy"--as does Neal Stephenson's cyberpunk classic hit high- and lowbrow touchpoints.
Just as every fan recognizes the Fourth Doctor by his insanely long, multi-colored scarf, bibliophiles and non-readers alike will take one look at the book in your hands and know exactly what you're about.
Vulnerable, sensitive, reactionary--sounds like Nathaniel P., the womanizing "victim" at the center of Adelle Waldman's engrossing debut novel.
If egotistical characters are your thing, you might find parallels between the Sixth Doctor and "Freedom’s” indie rock star Richard Katz, who achieves minor fame through an album detailing his love affair with his friend's wife.
Though this showman at first appeared quite buffoonish, he became a dark puppet master by the end of his run. For another taste of how power corrupts, pick up J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
The Eighth Doctor's tendency to taunt beings with hints to their futures reveals a darker side not seen in his prior regenerations. Revel in these Robert A. Heinlein tales, especially the incredibly twisty "--All You Zombies--" with its unbelievable time-travel paradox.
Not surprisingly, the Doctor who (see what I did there?) rebooted the series was all about living in the present. As much as he struggles against past versions of himself and his Chrono-Displacement Disorder, Henry DeTamble just can't do the same.
Underneath Ten’s witty exterior simmers some serious vengeance and an inability to forgive--just like Alexandre Dumas' brutal literary antihero, Edmond Dantes.
Source: Persephone Magazine
We haven't seen the Twelfth Doctor in action yet, but old footage of actor Peter Capaldi has Whovians jokingly adopting "F**kity bye!" as a catchphrase. With that in mind, check out Irvine Welsh's profane classic.
It's John Hurt, man--you have to read "Alien."
Source: Head Over Feels