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Fear of the Dark (Doctor Who) Paperback – January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who (BBC Paperback)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538653
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,839,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Trevor Baxendale was born in Liverpool in 1966. He has been contributing to a variety of Doctor Who fiction ranges for both BBC Books and Big Finish Productions for over ten years. Trevor is a regular contributor to BBC Magazines' hugely popular Doctor Who Adventures, scripting the further exploits of the Doctor in comic strip form. His Torchwood novel, Something in the Water, was a national bestseller. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I didn't think it was possible to actually get scared while reading a book!
Kris Ryan Stallard
I haven't said a lot about the plot of the book, but that's mainly because it is stereotypical of the genre.
David Roy
This makes the reader feel more for the characters, and thus makes the story that more engaging.
K. Fontenot

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on December 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Fear of the Dark is a Dr. Who novel by Trevor Baxendale. It's his fourth Dr. Who novel, and the first one to involve a different Doctor than the eighth. Baxendale does an excellent job with this one, creating his very own Who horror novel with some chills and a tight cast of characters. It's only marred by an ending that seems to take forever and some wooden characterization.
Baxendale is known for his traditional Who stories, and this one is no different. One can imagine the dank cave sets, perhaps wobbling a little bit as they were wont to do on the television show. It has a limited cast, and even fewer actual speaking parts. The only thing that couldn't be done is some of the special effects, and even those may have been able to be faked. Yes, this is televised Who on a book budget. And you know what? I loved it.
One of the things the television series often had going for it was atmosphere. Fear of the Dark has this in spades. It's spooky and it's (yes, this word will keep coming up again) dark. The dank mood of the caves just wafts off the page, and when one of the characters is completely cut off and alone in the dark (there it is again!), I could feel my own gut clench a little bit. Even when the characters are in bright lights, the book still feels a bit dimmed. Baxendale does a very effective job in conveying this, and the mood is perfect for what Baxendale is trying to show us. It's positively chilling when the Dark is siphoning away any visible light, and we watch as even open flames slowly dim until they are just embers, and then finally even these go out.
Often, when books go for an atmospheric effect, they do so at the expense of the characters. Baxendale is bitten by this bug, unfortunately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Fontenot VINE VOICE on June 15, 2005
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"Fear of the Dark" is quite the engaging thriller. Written by Trevor Baxendale, it follows the fifth incarnation of the Doctor as he winds up on the dark and desolate planet Akoshemon with companions Nyssa and Tegan. On the planet, they run into an "archaelogical dig" lead by one Jyl Stoker. She's the somewhat brash, cigar-chomping leader of the crew on the planet. We are also introduced to the massive man-boy Bunny Cheung and Vega Jaal, a sensitive alien from a planet known for its inhabitants' mastery of geology. Of course, the reader automatically knows that this is not an archaelogical dig, but an expedition to find something of value on Akoshemon.

As expected, the Doctor, his companions, and the crew run into something terrible on the planet. However, it isn't your run-of-the-mill alien intruder. This "thing" is actually a "darkness" of evil. I won't say much more on this so that I don't give away the entire plot. Just know that a few other characters show up, the main ones being Silas Cadwell and Lawrence, which change the course of events and make for a very interesting tale full of atmosphere.

This is one of the most violent tales that I've experienced involving any of the Doctors. The body count is high, and the deaths come in quick succession once they begin. Mind you, some of the characters are given deep backgrounds and then swiftly exit the story in violent death sequences. This makes the reader feel more for the characters, and thus makes the story that more engaging.

Baxendale nailed the fifth Doctor's mannerisms on the head. You can actually see Peter Davison running around in the dark corners of Akoshemon. Baxendale also visualizes Nyssa and Tegan perfectly. They are perfect foils to one another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Moss-Allen on April 15, 2013
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It's been too long since we got to hang out with the Fifth Doctor and Tegan and Nyssa! :) It was a page turning story that was hard to put down. It was also somewhat gothic and gory, so don't bother if that turns you off.
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By Lynn Primmer on May 27, 2014
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This book has so much action and full of adventure the book also has so much drama and it has so much suspense
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By far the darkest story amongst the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Book Collection. Be prepared to read and indirectly lose all hope for The Doctor!!! The writing is great and the story is complex, I put this book right next to the Festival Of Death and Beautiful Chaos
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I have always been a fan of dr who, so this was like watching the show except I had to do the visualization myself. the story and writing are good, easy reading.
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By Kris Ryan Stallard on December 15, 2013
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I loved this book! It was a great read that was suspenseful and even a little scary to read. I didn't think it was possible to actually get scared while reading a book!
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