You wouldn’t normally talk about Doctor Who and the Mr. Men in the same sentence but that is exactly what is happening now with the release of the first four books in a series of twelve new mash-ups of the sci-fi and children’s characters.
Roger Hargreaves first created the Mr. Men series after his seven year old son Adam asked him what a tickle looked like. Roger started sketching his answer which resulted in the first book Mr Tickle being published in 1971.
Forty five years later, Adam is still part of the Mr. Men world continuing the series after the death of his father in 1988 and now writing and illustrating the new range of Doctor Who books in the style of the Mr. Men.
The first books to be released in the series are Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth and all of The Doctors are instantly recognisable. The First Doctor with his monocle and walking stick, the Fourth Doctor with his Fedora and multi-coloured scarf, the Eleventh Doctor with his Fez and bowtie and the Twelfth Doctor with his sunglasses.
Adam sticks to the successful Mr. Men formula both in storytelling and format which will bring a sense of nostalgia for older fans. For the younger fans they will learn about human emotions and morals through colourful characters and humour.
There is also plenty for the fans of Doctor Who to enjoy too with the books including popular characters such as Missy, River Song, Sarah Jane and Susan as well as the Cybermen, Silurians, Weeping Angels and Daleks all drawn in adorable form.
The books are great fun with the two universes working really well together and should be enjoyed by Doctor Who fans of all ages. For those too young to watch the TV series these books will make a great introduction to the Doctor Who world.
Next up in the series due for release in August are Dr. Second, Dr. Seventh, Dr. Eighth and Dr. Ninth with Adam Hargreaves promising the return of the Sea Devils!