Review: At Childhoods End by Sophie Aldred
Anyway, At Childhood's End is another perfect link between the old and the new Doctor Who. Set in present day, we meet Ace, or Dorothy as she now prefers to be known, who is well and truly an adult and heads the global organisation, A Charitable Earth. (Ace, it turns out, did not part on good terms with the Doctor.) Anyway, Dorothy is being plagued by nightmares that all link back to when she first left earth after a supposed chemistry experiment went wrong. And there seems to be a surprising number of teenage runaways who are disappearing from earth. Is it possible that the two events are in some way connected? Let's just say, Dorothy thinks so. And then things take on another twist when she finds herself face to face with the Thirteenth Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Gary. Together, and along with some other colourful characters, they find themselves on an action packed adventure as they try to get to the bottom of things.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. Sophie Aldridge leverages her inside knowledge of the character she played to deliver a novel that is entertaining, intriguing and blends in perfectly with the current Doctor. For me, a good number of the Thirteenth Doctor's adventures have been a bit of a letdown, whether they be on television or in print, but this one is a lot of fun. And like a number of the best Doctor Who novels, this one seeks to explain some of the things we didn't see on screen.