Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Short Trips: Muses edited by Jacqueline Rayner

The Muses is the fourth short trips collection of Doctor Who short stories from Big Finish. The collection is edited by Jacqueline Rayner and contains nine stories.

I greatly miss these short story collections from Big Finish. They always seemed to get the best Whoniverse authors to contribute and there are invariably several excellent stories in every volume. Two of my favorites were “Katarina in the Underworld” by Steve Lyons following Katarina making her way through Tartarus on her way to the Elysian Fields. The other story I quite enjoyed was The “Glass Princess” by Justin Richards. This story features a little girl princess that is poisoned and saved by the First Doctor but must spend great periods of time in a machine to keep her alive. Every time she wakes a great deal of time has expired and she encounters a new incarnation of the Doctor and significant changes to her planet and family. A heartbreaking story as you see the changes unfold. 8 out of 10.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – The Lucy Wilson Mysteries The Web of Terror by Paul W Robinson and Shaun Russell

The Web of Terror by Paul W Robinson and Shaun Russell was the fifteenth novel in The Lucy Wilson Mysteries series from Candy Jar Books featuring Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart‘s granddaughter Lucy Wilson. It features a repeat engagement with the Killer Spiders this time on an alien planet.

It is nice to have these children’s novels in the Doctor Who milieu since they have been lacking in the recent main releases from the Whoniverse. This novel sees Lucy and Hobo travel to an alien planet to engage with some intelligent pandas and the evil giant killer spider controlling them. Cute pandas and a fast paced story make this the perfect book for Whovian youngsters in your family. 7 out of 10.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Drift by Simon A. Forward

Drift by Simon A. Forward is the 49th novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures. It features the Fourth Doctor and Leela taking place between the TV stories The Talons of Weng-Chiang and The Horror of Fang Rock in the Doctor’s timeline.

Living in New Hampshire I was quite looking forward to this novel unfortunately it could have been set in any snowy location with no discerning features evident. I found the novel very slow going with The Doctor and Leela split up for most of the novel and teamed up with a myriad of side characters I had little interest in. 6 out of 10.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Whoblique Strategies edited by Elton Townend Jones

Whoblique Strategies is a charity anthology of short fiction edited by Elton Townend Jones. The book is aid of Children in Need.

There are over 275 very short stories in this volume of vastly different quality and interest. The best one by Alan G. McWhan is called Sparrow Fall and features the Thirteenth Doctor returning to the space freighter carrying Adric to his fate to give him some closure before his crash. The book is nice to pick up when you have just a short time and want to read something for five or ten minutes. 6.5 out of 10.

Restaurant Review – Mary Ann’s Diner (Salem, New Hampshire)

Mary Ann’s Diner in Salem is the sister restaurant to the one in Derry, New Hampshire that was previously reviewed here. The diner is 1950s themed and offers breakfast all day as well as lunch and dinner.

50s themed décor is quite striking

Huge piece of fish

7 out of 10

Cheesy bacon tots excellent

9 out of 10

Alex enjoyed his sandwich

8 out of 10

Overall experience 8 out of 10