Tag: James Goss

Doctor Who: Legends of Ashildr

Doctor Who: Legends of Ashildr by James Goss, David Llewellyn, Jenny T. Colgan & Justin Richards (BBC, 2015) A shameless, mostly unreadable cash-in. Of the four stories in this collection, only Colgan’s could claim anything like independent worth. In the other tales, Ashildr is either unrecognisable (Goss), superfluous (Llewellyn), or bland (Richards). Uninspiring narratives that fritter away Ashildr’s unique potential.…

Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection of Time Lord Verse

Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection of Time Lord Verse by James Goss; ill. Russell T Davies (BBC Books, 2017) By themselves Davies’ illustrations would make this a 4-star book, but the unmitigated celery stick of Goss’s verse (so-called) diminishes this to a dudgeon-inducing 1-star cash-in from the direst depths of e-space. Utterly unreadable to poets, Doctor Who fans…

42 Word Review: Doctor Who — City of Death by Douglas Adams & James Goss

Doctor Who: City of Death by Douglas Adams & James Goss (BBC Books, 2015) Like Douglas Adams’ script before it, this posthumous collaboration appears to have been written somewhat hastily; while it does capture (and at times build upon) the splendour of the 1979 serial, this isn’t quite the much-pined-for novelisation that Gareth Roberts’ Shada was.

42 Word Review: The Doctor – His Lives and Times by James Goss & Steve Tribe

The Doctor: His Lives and Times by James Goss & Steve Tribe (BBC Books, 2013) This photograph-rich primer on Doctor Who comprises one-third a potpourri of reminiscences by cast and crew across fifty years (with crosspollination between classic and news series Who) padded unfortunately with an excruciating, nigh unreadable pastiche of ersatz news articles and faux memoire.