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Doctor Who: Borrowed Time - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published June 9th 2019
Who couldn't use a little more time?
Doctor Who, Doctor Who novels, sci fi books, sci fi novels, audiobooks, Eleventh Doctor, Naomi Alderman, Borrowed Tme

Middle-ranking bank employee, Andrew Brown has devoted his life to his job. When he finds himself competing with his coworker, Samira, for a promotion it seems there is never quite enough time for everything he needs to do- press his suit, get to work on time, do that little bit of extra work on his presentation for the clients. So, when two mysterious businessmen, Mr Blenkinsop and Mr Symington, turn up with an offer to lend him some more time, "at a very reasonable rate of interest", Andrew is all ears. Meanwhile, The Doctor wants to teach Amy and Rory about financial bubbles and decides to use the impending collapse of Andrew's bank as a practical lesson.

Borrowed Time is a Doctor Who novel, featuring the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companions, Amy and Rory. It is written by Naomi Alderman, author of the novel, The Power, and head writer of the popular mobile games Zombies, Run! and The Walk. The audiobook version, available through Audible, is narrated wonderfully by British actress and author Meera Syal, who even does a decent job of Amy's Scottish accent.

Naomi Alderman captures the characters of Amy, Rory and the Doctor perfectly, and crafts a rollicking new adventure for them. There is witty dialogue, a looming threat to humanity and some silly looking monsters- what you'd expect from a Doctor Who story. The Doctor explains compound interest, using cake as a visual aid, Rory acquires a future Earth tech camera that can trap its user in a time bubble, and Amy makes bad decisions and smashes things.

Doctor Who: Borrowed Time
is a fun, fairly short, book to read, or listen to, which will mainly appeal to fans of the TV show.
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