Puffin Books anniversary short story for June 2013 is Something Borrowed by urban fantasy (=vampire;-) author Richelle Mead. This is a Sixth Doctor and Peri tale set at a wedding which was strangely apt as it was released for my consumption the day after I had myself been at a wedding.
With no prior knowledge of Richelle Mead and a sense of unease at the prospect of vampires I had a read. How was it? Carry on and find out…
In brief the synopsis is:
A wedding on the planet Koturia turns out to be a far more dangerous proposition than the Sixth Doctor and Peri ever expected. It marks the return of a formidable old foe whose genius matches the Doctor’s. Can the Doctor outwit this villain, save Peri and stop the wedding in time?
The planet Koturia is an entire world made in the image of Las Vegas and the Doctor travels there to attend a wedding. Naturally upon landing they are attacked but thanks to Peri taking a few risks they survive to make their way to the family home of Evris Makshi whose son Jonos is due to marry the wonderfully intelligent Lania.
Of course something deeper is going on and the Doctor and Peri must stop the wedding to defeat the Rani – a twist I hadn’t guessed. Of course all ends well and the course of true love gets back on track. We even have an Elvis look-alike as the priest!
The Story Telling
The story was told with good reference to the Sixth Doctor; not only the inevitable coat comments but a good sense of the relationship between Peri and the Doctor. Peri has an action hero sequence and I wonder if here Richelle Mead is writing as though for one of her own creations.
The use of techno-babble is about right and using the Rani was elegant – I don’t know how well the author knows the canon but this was a reasonable idea.
Nothing to grumble about here and the story gets from A to B via G in good order.
Without knowing I would have thought Richelle Mead was an experienced Doctor Who writer. Assuming that this is not the case then Puffin have done well to get a capable author on board and this was really enjoyable.