Nothing O’Clock, a Doctor Who Short Story by Neil Gaiman
Is this the best Doctor Who story ever? Probably not, but it is a very fine one. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TV show last year a lot of stories were published. One of them was a short story written by Neil Gaiman.
In this story we read that the Time Lords built a prison and with their disappearance through the Time War this prison broke down.
The Time Lords built a Prison. They built it in a time and place that are both unimaginable to any entity who has never left the solar system in which it was spawned, or who has only experienced the journey through time, second by second, and that only forward.
This prison was built for only ‘one’ inmate alone and when it crashes down and this being realizes that there is only one Time Lord left he is on his way to find him.
This story takes place when the Eleventh Doctor started to travel with Amy Pond alone, so Rory is only mentioned and dearly missed. Neil plays all the strengthes of the Whoniverse, especially in the characterization of the Eleventh Doctor and the evil villain is where he wins my heart. He shows us a very timey wimey, typical confused Doctor, his companion trying to be deadly serious the whole time.
The villain is where Neil Gaimans strength of writing supernatural powerful beings comes perfectly well. The evil scheme to trap the Doctor and the special power of the villain in combination is amazingly well crafted.
To avoid any spoilers at all and this being a fast told short story I will not reveal more details about the story, only that any fan of Doctor Who or Neil Gaiman will enjoy it.
Somehow I would have loved to see this on the small screen, on the other hand this story feels perfect and very entertaining the way it is.
In the beginning – before the beginning – was the word. And the word was ‘Doctor!