Doctor Who: Borrowed Time Hardcover – Jun 23 2011
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About the Author
Naomi A. Alderman's first novel, Disobedience, was published in 2006 in ten languages and won the Orange Award for New Writers. In 2007, she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstone's 25 Writers for the Future. Her second novel, The Lessons, was published in April 2010. Naomi was lead writer on the BAFTA-shortlisted alternate reality game Perplex City and writes a weekly games column for the Guardian.
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Rory Williams from TV is very intelligent and surprisingly strong. He is so humble and respectful towards women to a point that he will let women put him down but not let it personally affect him. But the author has him bumbling around in an over-sized suit, acting like an idiot and calling for Amy on his cell phone just because he is scared. I also do not believe that Amy Pond from TV would really borrow time to get her hair and nails done, or visit her parents...she has had enough time to do that when she is not "working."
I really liked Borrowed Time. It was a fun little read with a good time-twisting storyline that didn't make your head hurt if you thought about it too hard. Rory should've been left at home for this adventure, though.
An alien time trader has come to Earth and is loaning harried bank employees the time they feel they need to conduct research, prepare reports, do presentations, and everything else necessary to climb the corporate ladder while still having some time for themselves and their families. The snag is that the time must be paid back, and under the fine print terms of the contact, some people find themselves owing more than a lifetime. The 11th Doctor, Amy, and Rory must expose the dangers of borrowing on the future because if they don't, humanity may not have one.
This novel has a serious and timely underlying theme, although the story itself is not to be taken seriously. I seriously love books like this. There are far too few of them. When Doctor Who is done well, though, it can provoke thought about a serious idea and still be fun. This story does that well enough. I won't say it's not without some flaws. I thought the characterizations were just a bit off. The Doctor was perhaps a bit too eccentric and Rory a bit too goofy, and the bank employees, well, they were unbelievably oblivious to the strange things going on around them. But, all in all, I enjoyed this book. It's a quick and easy read and a great way to spend an evening or two between Doctor Who episodes. I recommend it to all Doctor Who fans and other lovers of positive science fiction.