Doctor Who is a legendary TV series in the UK. For those not familiar with it, it is surprisingly difficult to actually describe it, but since I want to introduce you to the literature – part of it, I’m going to give it a shot. The Doctor is an alien, the last of his race, the Time Lords. As the name of the race indicates, the Doctor has special knowledge that allows him to travel through space and time. Usually along with a human friend, the Doctor has saved the earth from various dangers and alien invasions throughout the history of our existence.
So why am I writing about a TV series? This is one of the rare occasions when instead of books turning into film adaptations, a series has turned into book adaptations, and that is so, so fascinating! What is even more wonderful is that the story adaptations are exceptional. Every year, an author is asked to write a small fiction novel based on doctor who, and the results so far have been inspiring.
Nothing o’clock was written by fantasy expert Neil Gaiman. The Doctor, along his human friend Amy Pond, meets a strange alien race that has been imprisoned for thousands of years, and its plan to wipe out the human race in order to use planet earth as their own home. Slightly frightening, very well written and brilliant, Nothing O’clock is a short story that is definitely worth your time, even if you are not familiar with the series. After all, it is a good way to get acquainted to it!