I’ve just finished the Doctor Who ebook, ‘A Big Hand For The Doctor,’ by Eoin Colfer. As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the TV show a series of short stories are being released, with this being the first. Eleven stories over eleven months with eleven different authors covering the eleven different lives of The Doctor.
This book is set before or at least around the time of, ‘An Unearthly Child’ where Susan is the sole companion of her grandfather. We begin the story with William Hartnell’s characterisation of the timelord attempting to buy a new left hand. He lost it in a sword fight with a Soul Pirate and rather than wasting a regeneration he decides to have one grown/engineered for him. Until it’s ready though he has a claw-like bio-hybrid replacement grafted on.
I’ve never read any of Colfer’s Artemis Fowl books but I really enjoyed his interpretation of the first doctor. His internal monologues reflect the grumpy nature of his personality but most interesting was when he flashed back (forward?) to his eleventh, dicky bow wearing self, wishing he was more athletic. I’m hugely excited about following this series throughout the coming months, if this is a sign of things to come then The Doctor is going to have a great 50th anniversary.