City of Death

Doctor Who: City of Death, by Douglas Adams and James Goss

Oh, this was so much fun.  This is a novel version of one of the most famous Doctor Who stories from the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker, my favorite).  The episode was originally written by Douglas Adams, and then turned into a novel by Goss.  Since Adams wrote in a good bit of description as well as the dialogue, it keeps that Adams flavor, so that's fun.

The Doctor and Romana are running around Paris, having a holiday, but they notice bizarre cracks in time.  Pretty soon they're in the middle of a mess involving a time machine, the Mona Lisa, and the last of the Jagaroth--who has no intention of staying the last of the Jagaroth, so all of Earth and history is in peril.

It's a fun read, and since I'd never seen the City of Death episodes, we're now watching them.  So far the TV is more like the novel than I expected!  Plus John Cleese is in it, and so is that guy who choose poorly in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

An amusing fluffy read, worth the time.



  1. I enjoyed Shada when I read it even though I haven't watched much old Doctor Who so I'm sure this one will be a fun read as well. I'll take any chance to get just a little more Douglas Adams in my life!

  2. I haven't watched much of the old Doctor Who--although I know my husband has. He is a big fan of Douglas Adams. I wonder if he has read this one.

  3. Yeah, any little bit of Adams is an improvement! LF, he probably hasn't; I think it's a pretty new book.


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