Winner Takes All (2005) by Jaqueline Rayner is the third of the Doctor Who New Series Adventures novels and stars the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith. This time, the Doctor takes Rose back home to see her mum, Jackie, only to find all her neighbours are addicted to a strange new scratchcard with even stranger prizes. Why are so many people winning free holidays and never coming back? And why does the second-place prize – a video game called Death to Mantodeans – seem so realistic? The Doctor, Rose and Mickey investigate and find themselves caught up in an alien war, the outcome of which depends entirely on the Doctor’s gaming ability. (Minor spoilers below).Continue reading →
The Monsters Inside (2005) by Stephen Cole is the second in the Doctor Who New Series Adventures novels, and takes The Ninth Doctor and his companion Rose to the Justicia System, a huge 26th Century prison system spread over six planets that houses prisoners from Earth’s colonies.
Upon landing on the planet, The Doctor and Rose are immediately taken into custody and separated, and they spend the rest of the book trying to find each other. Rose is taken to a human-only youth detention centre that is frequently described as a “borstal” and her time spent there is very much Orange Is the New Black but with a sinister twist — some of the warders are not who they say they are and, in what is supposed to be a secure facility, kids are going missing seemingly at random. Meanwhile, The Doctor is taken to a for-profit scientific labour camp called the SCAT-house (dodgy name, I know — it stands for Species-led Creative and Advanced Technologies) and put to work on solving major scientific problems. Although he isn’t willing to help at first, he eventually reveals himself to be the brains of the bunch and has a scientific breakthrough, unwittingly advancing the plans of Justicia’s secret rulers. (Minor spoilers below.)
The Clockwise Man (2005) by Justin Richards is the first of the Doctor Who New Series Adventures novels that were initially released alongside the reboot of Doctor Who in 2005. The Ninth Doctor and Rose land in 1924 to visit the British Empire Exhibition in London, and instead find themselves running (as always) headfirst into danger, on the hunt for a mysterious assassin. After a case of mistaken identity — and multiple run-ins with a zombie cat — the plot thickens as they learn that some of their new friends may be lying to them. But which ones, and why? (Minor spoilers below.)Continue reading →
Everyone’s favourite yellow sponge returns for his third movie debut alongside the usual cast of ocean-dwelling misfits in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. After the kidnapping of his beloved pet snail Gary, SpongeBob sets off on a rescue mission with his best friend Patrick and a robot named Otto (Awkwafina). Headed for The Lost City of Atlantic City to confront the self-obsessed King Poseidon (Matt Berry) who is using Gary’s slime as a beauty treatment, the duo must undertake a series of increasingly bizarre challenges before they can reach Poseidon’s palace and save Gary.Continue reading →