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Embark on a strange and enchanting adventure with old foes and monsters in this glorious crossover of Doctor Who and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When a sudden tornado engulfs the TARDIS, the Thirteenth Doctor and her fam find themselves transported to the magical land of Oz. With a damaged TARDIS and an unexpected stowaway from the 1930s, their only hope of getting home is Embark on a strange and enchanting adventure with old foes and monsters in this glorious crossover of Doctor Who and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When a sudden tornado engulfs the TARDIS, the Thirteenth Doctor and her fam find themselves transported to the magical land of Oz. With a damaged TARDIS and an unexpected stowaway from the 1930s, their only hope of getting home is to follow the yellow brick road. But when an army of scarecrows ambushes them, they quickly realise that everything is not as it should be, and they're thrown into a fight for survival against a mysterious enemy. As each of her companions becomes a shadow of their former selves, only the Doctor is left standing. Desperate to save her friends, she must embark on a perilous journey to seek help from the mysterious Wizard of Oz - and stop whatever forces are at work before she and her friends are trapped in the fictional world forever.


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Embark on a strange and enchanting adventure with old foes and monsters in this glorious crossover of Doctor Who and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When a sudden tornado engulfs the TARDIS, the Thirteenth Doctor and her fam find themselves transported to the magical land of Oz. With a damaged TARDIS and an unexpected stowaway from the 1930s, their only hope of getting home is Embark on a strange and enchanting adventure with old foes and monsters in this glorious crossover of Doctor Who and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When a sudden tornado engulfs the TARDIS, the Thirteenth Doctor and her fam find themselves transported to the magical land of Oz. With a damaged TARDIS and an unexpected stowaway from the 1930s, their only hope of getting home is to follow the yellow brick road. But when an army of scarecrows ambushes them, they quickly realise that everything is not as it should be, and they're thrown into a fight for survival against a mysterious enemy. As each of her companions becomes a shadow of their former selves, only the Doctor is left standing. Desperate to save her friends, she must embark on a perilous journey to seek help from the mysterious Wizard of Oz - and stop whatever forces are at work before she and her friends are trapped in the fictional world forever.

30 review for Doctor Who: The Wonderful Doctor of Oz

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Robert Collins

    Why oh why spoil this book with the cover What thing to do Missy as The Wicked Witch of the West The whole thing is you don't know Worst cover Award 2021 This an Oz who story of red shoes and dogs Graham goes bananas Know your Oz. Why oh why spoil this book with the cover What thing to do Missy as The Wicked Witch of the West The whole thing is you don't know Worst cover Award 2021 This an Oz who story of red shoes and dogs Graham goes bananas Know your Oz.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Book collector

    Well this was a bit wonderful. Jaqueline rayner is a who author I've enjoyed over the years. This wizard of oz mashup is one of her best. The characterisation of team TARDIS is perfect as is that of missy. The shock reveal of missy is slightly diminished by her being on the cover though. The writing is very good and the story excellent. Apart from missy's appearance there are several minor cameos and some not so minor ones that will please fans. This captures Jodie's era perfectly for me. Even w Well this was a bit wonderful. Jaqueline rayner is a who author I've enjoyed over the years. This wizard of oz mashup is one of her best. The characterisation of team TARDIS is perfect as is that of missy. The shock reveal of missy is slightly diminished by her being on the cover though. The writing is very good and the story excellent. Apart from missy's appearance there are several minor cameos and some not so minor ones that will please fans. This captures Jodie's era perfectly for me. Even when her stories take on a darker tone Jodie's doctor's sense of pure joy comes out. Rayner captures that perfectly here. There is a lot of humour, action, scares (for the younger readers) and some nice character moments. The book is a joy to read. Add in missy and I was very happy. The character of Theodore is a good one and the resolution for the character is for me anyway rather moving as Theodore gets to live the life he wants. I'm sure some fans will complain about this character but best just to ignore them. This is definitely a book I'll be reading again and again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robbie Newell

    What grabbed my attention to this is the beautifully designed cover; while it is in the newer style of the Doctor Who branding with the current logo, you can’t help but admire the beauty of it even if it contains one massive spoiler! (Although, to be fair, not entirely unexpected so in that sense could it be considered a spoiler?) The book opens in 1939 with the thirteenth doctor and her “fam” trying to find the premier of The Wizard of Oz only to find that it’s not only not occurring but the bo What grabbed my attention to this is the beautifully designed cover; while it is in the newer style of the Doctor Who branding with the current logo, you can’t help but admire the beauty of it even if it contains one massive spoiler! (Although, to be fair, not entirely unexpected so in that sense could it be considered a spoiler?) The book opens in 1939 with the thirteenth doctor and her “fam” trying to find the premier of The Wizard of Oz only to find that it’s not only not occurring but the book seems to have vanished from the annals of society! After encountering a quiet young chap by the name of Theodore, they soon find themselves in a world that’s very Oz-like and must try to find a way to get back to their own time and space! While it could be said that this is a “simple” retelling/mash up of The Wizard of Oz with Doctor Who, it grossly oversimplifies matters as what this novel gets right is the characterisations of The Thirteenth Doctor, along with Graham, Yaz and Ryan; in fact I found that I discovered a good insight into them all but more in particular the Doctor along with Theodore, who isn’t a Mary Sue but indeed a really well developed character with their own insights and believes and self doubts. While none of the major reveals are surprising in any way, the way they are revealed and fleshed out is, in my opinion, very well done. Without giving too much away, the ending of this novel is simply one of the most heart warming I’ve read in fiction in a long long time- and I read a lot of fiction! The ending is, at its core; very simple and life affirming while also drawing tears of happiness to ones eyes; it’s further proof of what science fiction and Doctor Who does best and that is to accept without judgment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if "Doctor Who" met "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," then look no further. Jacqueline Rayner’s "The Wonderful Doctor of Oz" is exactly what it sounds like. After traveling to 1939 LA to see the world premiere of "The Wizard of Oz," the Doctor and her friends are shocked to learn nobody’s ever heard of the film, the book, or its author. Even more shocking is when a tornado carries the TARDIS (and all of its occupants) away to a suspiciously Oz-like land. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if "Doctor Who" met "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," then look no further. Jacqueline Rayner’s "The Wonderful Doctor of Oz" is exactly what it sounds like. After traveling to 1939 LA to see the world premiere of "The Wizard of Oz," the Doctor and her friends are shocked to learn nobody’s ever heard of the film, the book, or its author. Even more shocking is when a tornado carries the TARDIS (and all of its occupants) away to a suspiciously Oz-like land. To escape, the Doctor, Graham, Yaz, Ryan, and a stowaway named Theodore have to act out the events of the book and find the Wizard of Oz before the mysterious Wicked Witch gets to them. It sounds like it’s gonna be a big gimmick, but it’s surprisingly emotional. "The Wonderful Doctor of Oz" is a quick, fun read that exemplifies the endless possibilities of "Doctor Who." "The Wonderful Doctor of Oz" is pitched as a crossover between "Doctor Who" and L. Frank Baum’s "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." And that’s exactly what it is. The general plotline follows the original Oz tale pretty closely. The gang is greeted by “munchkins” and told to follow the yellow brick road to a wizard who can fix their problems. Along the way, they encounter scarecrows, “tin men,” poppy fields, porcelain dolls, lions, flying monkies, a reclusive wizard, and an evil wicked witch. All of whom are given a delightful "Doctor Who" twist. Most of the "Oz" creatures are pre-existing "Doctor Who" aliens—some from the classic era, some more modern. It’s a lot of fun seeing the way Rayner ties the more explicitly "Doctor Who" elements into the world of "The Wizard of Oz." But all of these easter eggs—and there are a lot of them—are just appetizers for the main course. While the original "Wizard of Oz" is about discovering your inner strength, smarts, heart, and bravery, Rayner explores what might happen if these inner qualities were literally ripped away from you. What happens if a scarecrow removes Graham's wit? Or if a tin man removes Ryan's kindness? Or if lions remove Yaz's bravery? Who are the companions when their defining characteristics are gone? Who is the Doctor when faced with a threat that’s robbing her friends of their very essence? And how is poor Theodore, a total stranger to the Doctor’s world, supposed to help save the day? This is where I feel the heart of the book is—characters losing who they are and having to rediscover themselves. Watching Graham, Ryan, and Yaz act so differently than they normally do hit me in a way I wasn’t expecting. It honestly hurt a little bit. Fans of these characters are going to find parts of this book difficult to read because of that. But the payoff to it all is so sweet. Theodore steals the show, though. I don’t want to say much about Theodore’s arc because I think it’s worth experiencing in the context of the narrative. Let’s just say that Theodore is the emotional core of the novel, and I love the way Rayner develops them. It’s surprisingly emotional and I think a lot of fans are going to love the direction it goes. If I had one complaint, it’s that everything is a bit short and predictable. To be fair, it’s a middle-grade book intended to follow the plotline or another book. So, it’s doing exactly what it sets out to do. Plus there’s the added mystery of who’s behind everything that should make the book a bit more interesting. The problem is that the mystery isn’t very compelling because it’s immediately obvious who the villain is. I mean, the book’s cover literally telegraphs it. And that’s a shame because the book waits so long to execute this painfully obvious reveal that you end up spending so much time just waiting to see the thing you already know you’re going to see. And it takes your attention away from everything else. Even worse, the book still treats the reveal like it’s a surprise. And maybe it would’ve been, if the cover hadn’t, ya know, given it away. Still, the strength of the emotional arcs vastly outweighs the slight disappointment in the mystery. Even with the subpar mystery, I adored this book. Overall, "The Wonderful Doctor of Oz" is absolutely delightful. It’s a middle-grade book that reads like one. But middle-grade books are a lot of fun. And "The Wonderful Doctor of Oz" simply bursts with creativity. The blending of the "Doctor Who" universe with the "Wizard of Oz" universe is so perfect it makes you wonder why it’s never been done before. And the character work is beautiful and goes to some surprisingly emotional places. Rayner brilliantly captures the voices of the Doctor, Ryan, Graham, and Yaz. These characters sound exactly the way you remember them and they come right to life on the page. Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about the book, even if I found parts of it disappointing. Theodore’s arc, alone, is worth reading the book. And everything else is just icing on the cake. If you love the Thirteenth Doctor, you’re gonna love this book. It’s creative, energetic, fun, and—most of all—hopeful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    Like nothing I was expecting. This isn't simply a mash-up of "Doctor Who" with "The Wizard of Oz"...this is a tale about self-discovery & identity that alternates between laugh-out-loud comedy (some of it absolutely sublime), melancholy tragedy, and full-out creepiness. In fact, you'll be surprised just how dark this story can get at times. The 13th Doctor and her "fam" are characterized to perfection, the not-so-surprising guest star is her usual twisted self, the use of fanwank is absolutely i Like nothing I was expecting. This isn't simply a mash-up of "Doctor Who" with "The Wizard of Oz"...this is a tale about self-discovery & identity that alternates between laugh-out-loud comedy (some of it absolutely sublime), melancholy tragedy, and full-out creepiness. In fact, you'll be surprised just how dark this story can get at times. The 13th Doctor and her "fam" are characterized to perfection, the not-so-surprising guest star is her usual twisted self, the use of fanwank is absolutely inspired...and the conclusion, featuring the novel's guest character, is a 21st century punch-the-air moment as only "Doctor Who" can do...and is going to cause bigots and haters to self-destruct. For that alone, I would have given this novel a 5 star rating.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book! Bloody loved it. Especially Yaz's development is perfectly done and shows her character so well I adored the tie in to Yaz's throw back in the episode 'Can You Hear Me?' it made me so emotional. The ending with Dorothy was so beautiful I adored it. So grateful for LGBTQ+ rep in Doctor Who. Although, I definitely think the cover could've been something else because it's just a massive spoiler. This book! Bloody loved it. Especially Yaz's development is perfectly done and shows her character so well I adored the tie in to Yaz's throw back in the episode 'Can You Hear Me?' it made me so emotional. The ending with Dorothy was so beautiful I adored it. So grateful for LGBTQ+ rep in Doctor Who. Although, I definitely think the cover could've been something else because it's just a massive spoiler.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peter Lombardo

    Great for doctor who fans and fans of the original14 oz books This story is entertaining, slow start. And its cover kinda gives away the villain. But I would recommend this story as you learn a lot About baums early life And the fact that there are 14 oz books

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fringlas

    I loved this book! So many nods to my favorite Classic Who Episodes. So many interesting twists and turns.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beta

    The perfect combination of all my favourite thing, I mean, it’s the 13th Doctor and look at the cover!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    I really liked this one. The Thirteenth Doctor and her companions find themselves in the Land of Oz, as it appeared in the novel and film, but with certain frightening differences. It turns out that someone (the cover gives a clue!) is trying to make Oz into a trap for the Doctor. For much of the book the companions (Graham, Ryan, Yaz) act totally unlike themselves but there is a plot reason for this. There is a new "companion" for most of the book, called Theodore, who is an interesting charact I really liked this one. The Thirteenth Doctor and her companions find themselves in the Land of Oz, as it appeared in the novel and film, but with certain frightening differences. It turns out that someone (the cover gives a clue!) is trying to make Oz into a trap for the Doctor. For much of the book the companions (Graham, Ryan, Yaz) act totally unlike themselves but there is a plot reason for this. There is a new "companion" for most of the book, called Theodore, who is an interesting character and gives rise to a plot twist at the end that I certainly didn't see coming. And Missy when she appears is perfect - the author gives her just the right note of demented charm and ruthless intelligence. I would really rate this as one of the better recent "Doctor Who" books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Ryan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok the current Dr and tardas crew was ok . I would think Dr 13 would have better for he could play his guitar and did pink Floyd dark side of the moon . Missy was the best part of it .Now I still think sticking Dr who in other universes is ok. Its What it's. Ok the current Dr and tardas crew was ok . I would think Dr 13 would have better for he could play his guitar and did pink Floyd dark side of the moon . Missy was the best part of it .Now I still think sticking Dr who in other universes is ok. Its What it's.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    While attempting to attend the premier of 'The Wizard of Oz' in Hollywood, 1939, the Doctor and her friends are shocked that no one appears to have heard of the film, or the famous book it was based on. Rayner's ode to 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' hits all of the best beats in a 'Doctor Who' adventure, with a nice twist or two along the way. While attempting to attend the premier of 'The Wizard of Oz' in Hollywood, 1939, the Doctor and her friends are shocked that no one appears to have heard of the film, or the famous book it was based on. Rayner's ode to 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' hits all of the best beats in a 'Doctor Who' adventure, with a nice twist or two along the way.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lucy-May

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Smith

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    Heather Tisdale

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    David Carroll

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