Who killed Kennedy? Review

 By Will Barber – Taylor 

James Stevens is gradually building up his career as a journalist. He has a beautiful wife, a great job and is making headlines himself. One day, his life is changed forever because of a phone call. He soon becomes involved with the secrets of an organisation known as UNIT. He subsequently gathers knowledge on them and another organisation known as C19. Whenever a disaster happens UNIT are there. Slowly James begins to understand the truth behind UNIT and its mysterious scientific advisor, known as The Doctor.


This book uses two well-known subjects- Doctor Who and the Assassination of John F Kennedy. The book merges conspiracy theory with the Doctor Who storylines of the early 70’s beautifully. The setting works particularly well. It’s set in a time when there was a lot of paranoia: JFK’s assassination had only been a decade before; The Cold War was, it seemed, going to be a red hot war and it was the beginning of the great strikes that would stretch from the 70’s to the 80’s. Indeed, it seems plausible that while the world was not sure whether it would see the end of the century, this era fits very well with what was going on in the Doctor Who universe.


David Bishop paints an excellent picture of 1969-1971 time period in which the main body of the book is set. The book starts with the first, Third Doctor story Spearhead in Space and continues to the conclusion of the story, The Day of The Daleks. If I’m honest, (which I normally am) this is a proper fan book. It is for those who have a deep knowledge of the classic series, and are fans (like myself) of the Jon Pertwee era. This might mean that it may not appeal to the wider fan community. The book was published after the series had ended its original 26 year run and nearly a decade before RTD’s continuation of the series would hit our screens. This means you won’t find any mention of Jack Harkness, The Family of Blood’s appearance or the foundation of Torchwood. So, in truth, the book is dated. Not in a bad way but simply in a Dickensian way, you won’t find Herbert Pocket texting or Fagin using emails to talk to Bill Sykes privately. This adds to the charm of the book but it also complicates things for someone not versed in the classic run in great depth. The characterization of James and The Doctor are excellent. The Doctor sounds exactly like his Pertwee incarnation – sophisticated and intelligent. Stevens is a fully rounded character and an obvious workaholic. He is no doubt the hero of the book. He is determined to put his life on the line to find the truth. James Stevens is what makes this book great; he is a very believable character. “ Who Killed Kennedy,” is a fantastic book, which answers some questions which the classic run forgot about.  It will also give you a surprising response to the question; Who killed Kennedy?

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