Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses (Time Trips)
by Nick Harkaway
Review by Gayle Surrette
BBC Digital Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: B00FZ08D3G
Date: 06 February 2014
The Doctor is traveling without a companion at the moment and he's always a bit twitchy when he's alone for any length of time. It's definitely not a good time for the TARDIS to hit a temporal mine -- at least that's what the Doctor believe he hit -- not that there's ever a good time to collide with a temporal mine.
Once the shock of the collision is over, the Doctor finds that there's now a town, Jonestown, inside the TARDIS. The people sort of look like people he might know or should know or maybe they're just archetypes. He didn't have a town in the TARDIS before the temporal mine so this must mean something.
Christina de Souza runs a boarding house in the town. When the Doctor meets her, that's when he knows things are not definitely not what they seem, because he knows a Christina de Souza and this is not her. Or not quite her. But this Christina is special, she's not like the other townspeople -- she remembers things.
The Doctor has to find the problem and fix it. But first he has to figure out what is really happening and what is the TARDIS trying to tell to him. Or is he just finally losing his mind?
This is a delightful romp and just what you'd expect of the Doctor. There's lots of silliness, as well as a mix of some very serious and complex issues that readers will more than likely find themselves thinking about later. It's the kind of book that's a joy to open when you just need a change of pace and a quick adventure in space and time with danger, puzzles, and the Doctor in fine form.