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Time(lord) for the New Season of Who!


Doctor Who is back on TV! After a full year without The Doctor it's more than a little reassuring to have him around again. If you're new to Who, or just want to read books with a similar feel to the show, check out this list of sci-fi, mystery, and time travel fiction.



When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

A 6th grader named Miranda receives a letter that says, "I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own." More creepy letters follow, and Miranda feels she is being watched. This book features a big reveal worthy of a Doctor monologue where all the puzzle pieces fall into place. Check out this one if you loved A Wrinkle in Time.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

An abandoned orphanage sits on a mysterious island off the coast of Wales. Can't you just picture the TARDIS materializing amid the fog? The cover of this novel really sets the tone for the strange characters you'll find inside.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

If you've seen the movie and loved it, be sure to give the book a try too. The humor is there, but there's a darker element that nudges the book towards a more twisted audience. The multi-leveled Zoo of Death (which does not appear in the movie) is weirdness worthy of its own Doctor Who episode.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

No Doctor Who readalike guide would be complete without this irreverent sci-fi classic. Both are giant cult hits with the same dry, yet campy, humor. Which makes sense, since Adams has written for the show.

Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary by Jason Loborik

And of course we have the histories, novelizations, monster guides, and other various compendia necessary for you to finetune your sonic screwdriver or definitively declare which Doctor is your favorite.

Need more? Check out the works of YA authors William Sleator and Libba Bray. Allons-y!


Emily Williams

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I was born in the Boston area, but have lived in Oklahoma for over 20 years. I attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and then studied at the University of Oklahoma to get my Masters in Library and Information Studies. My husband and I adopted a retired racing greyhound who is actually super lazy. I paint pet portraits, read comic books, love hiking, and watch a lot of sci-fi television.

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