Doctor Who: The Blood Cell by James Goss


Title: Doctor Who: The Blood Cell
Author: James Goss
Published: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 256

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

The Governor, warden of an ultra secure prison on a remote galaxy, is used to dealing with some of the worst criminals. And he’s certainly seen them all. When a prisoner 428 arrives–insisting on being called The Doctor and immediately taking to regular escape attempts–he knows this one is different. But as his arrival also seems to bring a sudden increase in system failures and other mishaps, the Governor soon realizes he’s dealing with something far beyond one prisoner and the young woman who keeps showing up hoping to get a visit with him.

Though I am a long-time Whovian, this was my first foray into Doctor Who novels and probably the first novel spin-off/tie-in that I’ve ever read for a media franchise. And I count myself pleasantly surprised. James Goss has certainly captured the elements of a Doctor Who adventure here in these pages and the story itself is engaging. The characters at the prison are unique and well-developed (and some are even endearing).

As a book released early in the Twelfth Doctor’s run, it was certainly interesting to get another glimpse at him to add to what I’ve seen on screen. That said, I struggled a bit with his character and felt that of all the characters, he lacked depth. Since this was a Doctor Who story, it’s a little disappointed to feel that way about the starring character, even though the rest of the story was enjoyable. Which is precisely why I’m giving this three stars instead of four.