‘Something Borrowed’ (Puffin/Audio)

6. Something_Borrowed_Puffin  6. something borrowed audio


Please feel free to comment on my review.

The Rani on Koturia with the Sixth Doctor and Peri

The sixth story of the ‘Doctor Who’ Puffin e-shorts series is ‘Something Borrowed’ by Richelle Mead. Here’s a YouTube interview with Richelle Mead.

Richelle Mead is well-known for writing the ‘Vampire Academy’ book series and the ‘Bloodlines’ book series. I’m surprised no bloodcurdling vampires appear here. 😀 It’s intriguing to note Richelle is the first female writer for the Puffin e-shorts series of ‘Doctor Who’ and she won’t be the last one! 🙂

‘Something Borrowed’ (not to be confused with the ‘Torchwood’ episode 😀 ) features the Sixth Doctor and Peri. The story is divided into six chapters. It’s taken from Peri’s point of view since it’s narrated by her in the first person. The audiobook version of this story is read by…Sophie Aldred? 😐

Sophie previously read ‘The Roots of Evil’ in the Puffin e-shorts series in ‘Doctor Who’. Whilst Sophie is a good narrator and voices well for the Sixth Doctor and Peri, I wonder why Nicola Bryant didn’t read this story herself. Wouldn’t it make more sense since Peri reads the story from her perspective?

In this story, the Doctor and Peri visit the planet Koturia, which has a city modelled upon Las Vegas. The Doctor and Peri attend the wedding of the son of an old friend of the Doctor’s. It isn’t long before the wedding gets hijacked and it turns out the Rani is out to cause trouble again on Koturia. 😐

I enjoyed the rapport featured between the Sixth Doctor and Peri in this adventure. It feels extra-special with the appearance of the villainous Rani in it. I also like the reference made to the Doctor and Peri meeting the Rani before in the TV series, since this takes place after ‘The Mark of the Rani’.

‘Something Borrowed’ rating – 8/10

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2 thoughts on “‘Something Borrowed’ (Puffin/Audio)

  1. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi Tim

    I’ve been enjoying reading your reviews on the individual stories in the ’12 Doctors, 12 Stories’ collection. I read the book, and haven’t heard the audio. But I agree with your thoughts that some of the stories seem miles better than others so far. They are a bit of a mixed bag, but it is nice to get more stories with individual Doctors and see what writers make of them, and their various companions.

    Really interesting reviews, Tim I look forward to seeing what you think of the rest of the stories.


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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Leigh.

    I’m glad you’re currently enjoying reading my reviews on the ’12 Doctors, 12 Stories’ series.

    The audiobook versions of these stories are interesting and fun to listen to. I was puzzled as to why Sophie Aldred would be chosen to read stories for the Fourth and Sixth Doctors and not for the Seventh Doctor and Ace. With ‘Something Borrowed’, it’s all from Peri’s point of view, so it should have been Nicola Bryant reading and not Sophie. But I have enjoyed Sophie’s readings of those tales.

    I’m glad you agree with my thoughts on the stories as they tend to be a mixed bag altogether. I wasn’t happy with the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa story ‘Tip of the Tongue’ and ‘A Big Hand For The Doctor’ was disappointing. I agree it is good to have the 12 stories each focusing on the 12 stories and I’m pleased with the certain companions that paired with each Doctor.

    Very pleased you enjoyed my latest ‘Doctor Who’ reviews on the ’12 Doctors, 12 Stories’ series. I hope you enjoy the rest of my reviews on the ’12 Doctors, 12 Stories’ series later on this coming week.

    Tim. 🙂



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