Book Review: The Doctor Goes Underground

Molten Heart is a Doctor Who novel written by Una McCormack. It features the current Doctor on television portrayed by Jodie Whittaker.  Graham, Ryan, and Yaz are the companions who have joined her in the TARDIS.  They have arrived on a planet known as Adamantine in which a civilization lives underground.  The citizens are strange lifeforms made out of rock-like substances.  They are also named after rocks such as Quartz and Emerald. Anyway, the Doctor learns that the environment is unstable and leads an expedition to find a lost scientist with the help of his daughter, Ash.  The planet is about to be destroyed, and the Doctor must find a way to the surface to seek the answers as to why and what she can do to help.

I am really not on board with the producer’s decision to change the Doctor’s gender and the reasons behind it, but it is what it is.  The novel wasn’t bad though.  The banter among this TARDIS crew seemed a little more clever and authentic than what is seen onscreen.  McCormack presents the story well enough.  There isn’t much that stands out in her writing style, but it gets the job done.  It’s an enjoyable if unmemorable contribution to the range.

Next up, Michael Connelly pairs up two formidable detectives in Dark Sacred Night.

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