Doctor Who Reading Advice
Recently I’ve been reading at a much slower pace than usual, due to some annoyingly sore eyes, but I’m now over halfway through Paul Magrs‘s wonderful, crazed Eighth Doctor novel, The Scarlet Empress. I’m loving every minute of it, and I’ll write about it properly when I’ve finished it. It’s the first EDA that I’ve read, even though I own nearly all of them (such is the life of a completist). I’ve read lots of PDAs and MAs in my time, but I’ve always been wary of the EDAs for some reason. I was the same with the Virgin NAs. I’m not sure where this trepidation comes from, really. I suspect it has something to do with a fear of continuity and commitment – a worry that I won’t be able to enjoy dipping into the books because I should have read book X, Y or Z first. I don’t like the idea of having to plough through every single book in order, sticking out the installments I’m not enjoying, just in case there’s a fact or scene contained within that will be pivotal to what happens in another three book’s time.
But reading The Scarlet Empress has got me wondering. Am I right? I’ve been able to jump right in with Empress, and I’m wondering now whether my initial fears about the range are unfounded. I’d like to read some more. I’m eyeing up The Bodysnatchers at the moment, partly because of the setting, partly because of the Zygons, and partly, well – because it’s written by Mark Morris, and I know he’s great.
But what else should I be reading? Are there other EDAs I can simply pick up, read and enjoy, without worrying too much about the bits I’ve missed? Or should I just bite the bullet and start at the start? All suggestions/thoughts on the matter welcome!