Thursday, 11 March 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: Diary of a Dr Who Addict - Paul Magrs


It's the 1980's and David has just started secondary school. He's becoming a teenager, but still hanging onto the rituals of childhood, particularly his addiction to Doctor Who, sharing the books with his best friend and neighbour, Robert, and watching the TV show. But time moves relentlessly on, and Robert starts rejecting the Doctor in favour of girls, free weights and new music. Against a backdrop of Bowie, Breville toasters and trips to Blackpool, David acknowledges his own abilities and finds his place in the world.


This title really is what it says it is and whilst it’s a fictional diary of a fan in the 80’s I can’t help but feel its semi biographical of the author who himself is a Dr. Who fan alongside an author of Who Fiction. It’s different to a lot of books out there and to be honest I do wonder exactly what this title was trying to achieve other than perhaps a way for the author to let out some of his childhood pain as well as showing other youngsters that being different isn't a bad thing.

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