Review: Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase

Title: Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase
Author: Gary Russell
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: BBC Books
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 7, 2010
Rating: ★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

‘Why are you here? I mean – who are you, exactly?’

An archaeological dig in 1936 unearths relics of another time… And – as the Doctor, Amy and Rory realise – another place. Another planet. But if Enola Porter, noted adventuress, has really found evidence of an alien civilisation, how come she isn’t famous? Why has Rory never heard of her? Added to that, since Amy’s been travelling with him for a while now, why does she now think the Doctor is from Mars?

As the ancient spaceship reactivates, the Doctor discovers that nothing and no one can be trusted. The things that seem most real could actually be literal fabrications – and very deadly indeed. Who can the Doctor believe when no one is what they seem? And how can he defeat an enemy who can bend matter itself to their will? For the Doctor, Amy and Rory – and all of humanity – the buried secrets of the past are very much a threat to the present…

A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

Review:

It’s rare for me to rate a book 3 stars or less. I liked the general plot of this story but it had some problems that I couldn’t get past.

There was an archaeological dig in this story which unearthed a space ship. I was hoping that the recurring character who is actually an archaeologist would appear, but sadly, that didn’t happen. It would have been great to have River Song appear since she is an archaeologist, but it may not have fit into the storyline of the show when this story takes place.

I found many parts of this story extremely sexist. Amy is a strong and intelligent character on the show, but she seemed dumb and boy crazy in this story. She kept talking about her love triangle between Rory and the Doctor, which is not something she does on the show. There was also a masculine woman, who the Doctor and Rory referred to as a man. I found that very inappropriate.

I wouldn’t recommend this story.

What to read next:

Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon by Una McCormack

Have you read Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase? What did you think of it?

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