Best Books for Doctor Who Fans Based on Your Favorite Doctor

Best Books for Doctor Who Fans Based on Your Favorite Doctor

The adventures of this quirky, powerful, fallible Time Lord and his space-traveling companions have made British science fiction series  Doctor Who 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!

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    1. War and Peace

    First Doctor

    Like this frail-but-wiry First Doctor, don’t let anyone tell you that War and Peaceor any older book—has lost its relevance! It’s a classic for a reason.

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    2. A Game of Thrones (HBO Tie-in Edition)

    Second Doctor

    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.

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    3. Snow Crash

    Third Doctor

    This Doctor embodies opposing elements—tech-savvy scientist dismissed as a “dandy”—as does Neal Stephenson’s cyberpunk classic hit high- and lowbrow touchpoints.

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    4. The Catcher in the Rye

    Fourth Doctor

    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.

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    5. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

    Fifth Doctor

    Vulnerable, sensitive, reactionary—sounds like Nathaniel P., the womanizing “victim” at the center of Adelle Waldman’s engrossing debut novel.

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    6. Freedom

    Sixth Doctor

    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.

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    7. The Lord of the Rings

    Seventh Doctor

    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.

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    8. Requiem

    Eighth Doctor

    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.

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    9. The Time Traveler’s Wife

    Ninth Doctor

    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.

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  10. 10. The Count of Monte Cristo

    Tenth Doctor

    Underneath Ten’s witty exterior simmers some serious vengeance and an inability to forgive—just like Alexandre Dumas’ brutal literary antihero, Edmond Dantes.

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    11. Gone Girl

    Eleventh Doctor

    Yeah, you read Gone Girl. Gone Girl is cool.

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    12. Trainspotting

    Twelfth Doctor

    Old footage of actor Peter Capaldi had Whovians jokingly adopting “F**kity bye!” as a catchphrase the moment Capaldi was named as the next Doctor. With that in mind, check out Irvine Welsh’s profane classic.

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    13. Alien: The Official Movie Novelization

    War Doctor

    It’s John Hurt, man—you have to read Alien.

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