░▒▓███████▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░      ░▒▓██████▓▒░ ░▒▓██████▓▒░
░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░▒▓█▓▒░     ░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░   
░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░▒▓█▓▒░     ░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░▒▓█▓▒░
░▒▓███████▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░     ░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░▒▓█▓▒▒▓███▓▒░
░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░▒▓█▓▒░     ░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░    
░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░▒▓█▓▒░     ░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░▒▓█▓▒░░▒▓█▓▒░
░▒▓███████▓▒░░▒▓████████▓▒░▒▓██████▓▒░ ░▒▓██████▓▒░

                     2nd entry ----------- April 11th, 2024, 4AM
                          This is going to start getting a little disorganized, just like my disorderly foray into DW extended canon (and main canon) itself. I will eventually re-format
                          this page as a reviews section rather than a 'blog', because otherwise it will become basically unreadable. I generally only entertain my creative side solely
                          for my own selfish purposes as a matter of principle after a life too wasted on what other people wanted me to make, but I'd also be happier with this website
                          if it was at least marginally useful if someone interested in the topics covered were to hypothetically come across it. 
                          Today's entry is for the first Ninth Doctor novels I've read. I haven't been in as much of a mood for them, so my progress will be slower. As a result I've 
                          chosen to do them a couple at a time instead of all at once, even though there are way fewer of them than for Ten.
                                  Ninth Doctor Novels - Volume Two:
                                    The Deviant Strain
                                    I couldn't finish this one due to being kind of frustrated by it. There's some great, tense moments here that I'm sure anyone can enjoy, but they picked
                                    the worst possible person to do the audiobook reading. This is maybe the first time I would recommend just reading the book instead of getting the
                                    audiobook, because while they usually enhance the experience, hearing Stuart Milligan's attempts at a Russian accent for the Russian characters (while
                                    also not bothering to mimic Rose or the Doctor's accents at all when reading their lines) drove me insane. There's a moment in this where Rose asks if
                                    Russians "use the same numbers" and I wanted to bang my head against a wall.
                                    Only Human
                                    This one's got a really interesting premise and a lot of really funny moments in it. Jack's character in particular feels spot on here, and I'm glad he
                                    got to be included in these antics. Includes some worldbuilding with fascinating implications about how time travel works, as well as one timeline of 
                                    future human history. And the Doctor gets high. It's great fun.
                                    The Stealers of Dreams
                                    Still reading.
                     1st entry ----------- March 9th, 2024, 8AM
                          I don't really plan to have a whole separate blog for Doctor Who related things. But it might end up working out that way. For now, I just don't know what else 
                          to call it, lol.
                          Christ. Where to begin? I work overnight shifts and I'm allowed to listen to my own music, or radio, or whatever the hell while we're closed for business.
                          Even I get tired of music, and I found there are a lot of Doctor Who novels that have audiobooks.
                          They're pretty cool, actually. They usually get someone from the show cast to do the readings. They're usually pretty good at it, and trust me, 
                          I know a bad audiobook reader when I hear one.
                          Because he's always been my favorite, I naturally started with the Tenth Doctor. I've now worked through all the audio stories and books with audiobook versions 
                          that I was able to find on the google play store. (They're $14.95 for a bunch of them, so I'm willing to pay for the convenience in this case.)
                          Here we go. I'll do them in order how they're numbered on Google for lack of a better idea.
                          Also, as a heads up, most of these reviews will be brief! For the most part, they're monster-of-the-week filler. They can't really influence the show plot, since
                          the writers have to assume most people watching the show won't read them.
                                  Tenth Doctor Novels - Volume One:
                                    Sting of the Zygons
                                    A dog dies in this one. Lots and lots of action!
                                    The Last Dodo
                                    A lot of animals die in this one. The writing makes it appear to be for a younger target audience than most of these, but I don't mind it too much.
                                    Has some fun moments, and I kind of was wondering if they were ever going to do anything re: conservationists being weird about The Doctor LOL
                                    Wooden Heart
                                    I barely remember this one it's fine
                                    Forever Autumn
                                    Just really fun. Reinforces Ten not being a cat person and has him get his feelings hurt by a teenager so I respect it.
                                    Deducting half a point because Will Thorp's fake American accent is really bad.
                                    Fasinating. Has one really good moment at the end but is mostly something I wouldn't have read through if I wasn't listening to it while doing 
                                    something else.
                                    Sick Building
                                    Proof that The Doctor would survive House (1977). A bit gross at times.
                                    There's a smart home, basically, and its computer is named The Domovoy, which I found kind of funny.
                                    The Pirate Loop
                                    Martha dies in this one.
                                    The story's a solid 4/5 but there's Native American characters in it and given how weird Ghosts of India was I don't feel informed enough to 
                                    rate this one fully. It wasn't super bad in a way I could pick up on but I'm still a bit ??? at some of it.
                                  Tenth Doctor Novels - Volume Two:
                                    Wishing Well
                                    Weird plant stuff. I'm worried I'm misremembering and this might be the one a dog dies in. I don't think so but I'm not sure.
                                    The Many Hands
                                    Interesting side characters and story.
                                    Martha in the Mirror
                                    More interesting side characters & story to go with them. I liked it.
                                    Snowglobe 7
                                    Just a good story. Lots of telepathic stuff, which I like having in DW. They don't really touch on that side of the Doctor much.
                                    Ghosts of India
                                    If you're older than 12 this one isn't really for us. It happens. It's like, kind of bad.
                                    The Doctor Trap
                                    Wasn't really feeling it, but it's not terrible. Has some interesting concepts and just kind of goes in a less interesting direction than what I
                                    was expecting LMAO
                                    Shining Darkness
                                    Good old robot rights as a racism allegory... story... thing. Some fun characters though. Donna's kind of a cunt in the books for some reason,
                                    like in a way she isn't in the show. I know some of the classic Who characters are known for being really different in the books so I guess it 
                                    just happens sometimes. Still such a damn shame when she's such an incredible character in the show.
                                    Beautiful Chaos
                                    Donna's more like herself in this one. Sylvia slaps The Doctor again. This one is seriously really, really good. I'm not fucking around, I'd actually
                                    really recommend this one.
                                    The Eyeless
                                    Another banger. Kind of uncomfortable at the beginning, but it fully delivers on everything by the conclusion. The Doctor has a breakdown at one point.
                                    It's magnificent.
                                  Tenth Doctor Novels - Volume Three:
                                    -Note: This volume includes the Story of Martha series, which I haven't dug into yet. I thought a story elaborating on a season finale plotline 
                                    should be saved for when I'm not at work and haven't had the time yet :P
                                    Judgment of the Judoon
                                    Just a fun detective noir.
                                    The Slitheen Excursion
                                    Time travel and consequences. Includes a just-one-trip companion character, and she's not half bad. She's a college student studying to become a greek
                                    historian, and as thanks for a favor The Doctor takes her to ancient Greece... Except this is The Doctor, so they land a few thousand years early.
                                    Prisoner of the Daleks
                                    Oh my god seriously read this one if you like Doctor Who. I'm soooo so serious it's fantastic. Brilliant. Molto bene. Whatever. 
                                    It's so so so fucking good. 
                                    Set after Journey's End, the Doctor accidentally crash lands in the early days of the Time War... Need I say more?
                                    I absolutely loved the supporting cast of this story, and it's a real page-turner. 
                                    Additionally, Nicholas Briggs is a fantastic reader. He does different voices for the characters and everything, and his Ten impression is delightful.
                                  Tenth Doctor Novels - Volume Four:
                                    The Taking of Chelsea 426
                                    The Doctor saves a middle class American suburb from blowing up, except it's a satellite on Saturn. Has the very weird image of The Doctor actually
                                    getting a hotel to stay at somewhere. I kind of just assumed he'd sleep in the TARDIS. Did he eject his room or something like with Romana's?
                                    This deserves more than 3/5 tbh but I had to deduct a bit because it reminds me of that time I had a meltdown at the mall of america. I don't get why
                                    humans like that kind of thing either, Doctor.
                                    The Krillitane Storm
                                    I really liked the supporting characters in this one. Finally has a story where The Doctor runs into enemies who he's already defeated in the future
                                    just because that's how time travel works. I'd been waiting for that.
                                  Tenth Doctor Novels - Volume Five:
                                    The Stone Rose
                                    I had a bit of difficulty sitting through this one. Follows the usual season 2 format of "Rose is threatened and The Doctor goes crazy trying to help
                                    her" but that's never done me any favors to say the least. Had an ending which implied a sequel that never happened...?
                                    The Feast of the Drowned
                                    Rose at least gets to do something more in this one
                                    The Resurrection Casket
                                    Really cute ending.
                                    The Nightmare of Black Island
                                    There's some great drama going on in this one.
                                    The Art of Destruction
                                    I can't remember enough about this one. Ehh.
                                    The Price of Paradise
                                    I loved this one, IDK. Liked the supporting cast a lot. Strong ending.
                                  Tenth Doctor Tales
                                    Pest Control
                                    I have really mixed feelings on this one. It's a doozy, that's all I can really say.
                                    The Forever Trap
                                    The Doctor and Donna have to talk to a landlord.
                                    The Nemonite Invasion
                                    I don't remember this one very well, so I'm putting it here to edit when I inevitably relisten to it...
                                    The Rising Night
                                    Tragic vampire story. Bit romantic. It's good.
                                    The Day of the Troll
                                    Interesting worldbuilding and great atmosphere. Had some trouble taking it seriously at times, though.
                                    The Last Voyage
                                    "I'm many things, Sugar MacAuley, but neurotypical has never been one of them." AUTISM WINS!!
                                    Dead Air
                                    This one's just fucking good. Marvelous use of format. Short and sweet. Loved it.