Review: Nothing O’Clock

Review by Ner:
Nothing O’Clock

Author: Neil Gaiman
Release Date: November 21st, 2013
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 40 (ebook)
Format: ebook
 Sci-Fi | Doctor WhoShort-Stories
Series: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #11
Idiom: English
Read: from May 26 to 28, 2014
Source & Shelf: ebook | Kobo


Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children’s fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord.

Thousands of years ago, Time Lords built a Prison for the Kin. They made it utterly impregnable and unreachable. As long as Time Lords existed, the Kin would be trapped forever and the universe would be safe. They had planned for everything . . . everything, that is, other than the Time War and the fall of Gallifrey. Now the Kin are free again and there’s only one Time Lord left in the universe who can stop them!

Author Neil Gaiman puts his own unique spin on the Doctor’s amazing adventures through time and space in the eleventh and final story in the bestselling 50th anniversary series!

My Opinion:

Nothing O’Clock is a short story by Neil Gaiman set on Doctor Who universe with, non-other but the timey wimey 11th Doctor and his Scottish companion, Amy Pond.

I’ve been wanting to read this story for a while since it’s written by Stardust author himself, Neil Gaiman. As a fan of his episodes of the show, I needed to get my hands on this. And after getting my hands on this, I had a bittersweet disappointment.

Wait!!! It’s not that I didn’t like this story, I surely did, but this was so short I felt a lot of things were missing.

Neil Gaiman had this gift where he managed to capture the true personalities of the Doctor and Amy and I take my hat off for his brilliancy when it came to dialogue, character development and the simple friendship between them.

But this felt like one of those low budgets episodes where nothing more happens and everything is confusing and upside-down and strange. This had potential; it truly did, with the prison built by the Time Lords for the Kin, the King itself and the whole plot but it got lost with so little pages. If it were a real Doctor Who book companion where number of pages didn’t matters, I might have appreciated it a little bit more.

So, I’m so sorry Neil Gaiman but this short-story isn’t my favourite just because it is too short!

XX Ner


2 thoughts on “Review: Nothing O’Clock

  1. I had the same, I love Neil Gaiman and Eleven is one of my favourite Doctors, but this story just wasn’t what I’d hoped it would be. It’s really one of my least favourite from the whole series.

    • I admit that I haven’t read the whole series yet. I picked up this one because it was Neil Gaiman but I’ll eventually come around to read them all 🙂

      I thought it was just too short. If it was bigger maybe it would have been better but unfortunately that wasn’t the case 😦

      Still… GERONIMO! 😉

      XX Ner

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