Just when I had almost forgotten how much Amy annoyed me when series 5 first began, along comes The Forgotten Army by Brian Minchin. To me, this story had the least appealing hook of the first three eleventh Doctor books. Sure a giant frozen mammoth coming back to life in a New York museum is a bit interesting, but didn’t have the same draw to me as Apollo 23 or Night of the Humans did. Was there enough here to save the book from a dose of obnoxious Amy? Read on and find out.

the forgotten army coverThe story begins with a frozen white mammoth hawing out and seemingly coming back to life in the middle of a busy New York museum. The Doctor and Amy are on hand to investigate this very peculiar incident. How is it possible for a mammoth to still be alive and kicking? That’s the big mystery of the story. Let’s just say that eventually the plot involves an invading alien army and a plan to make most of New York’s population slaves in an alien mine. And did I mention that the alien army is about the size of a toy soldier?

When I put it that way, it does sound a bit interesting doesn’t it? Maybe that is why I did eventually end up enjoying this story. As with most of these Who books, it had likable supporting characters and disgusting villains. We get to see the Doctor and Amy being put in a few unique positions and environments, all while maintaining the same character traits we’ve seen from them in the show.

Unfortunately, those traits are part of what I didn’t like about this book. Early on in Series 5, Amy was especially obnoxious about not listening to the Doctor and treating him like she was better than him. The same seems to be the case here. The story takes place early on in their relationship and Amy is going out of her way to try and bring the Doctor down to her level. Through the written medium we are given a little peek into the thought processes of Amy Pond, and it just confirms what I thought of her all along. She treats him like he should be bowing down to her because she’s so magnificent. Well, in my opinion, she’s not all that.

My personal gripes about Amy aside, if you’re one of the ones that adore her, then you will probably enjoy this book. Because we get to see Amy’s thought processes, you do gain plenty of insight into her character, as well as her and the Doctor’s relationship. She gets a chance to contribute to saving the day, and you get to see what motivates her to get involved and try to one up the Doctor. Like all of these BBC books, nothing that happens here really impacts or changes events in the show, but it is nice to have that little extra background.

So all in all, I can’t say that this was my favorite Doctor Who book, but there is plenty here to entertain, and maybe tide you over through the long months until the Christmas Special.