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Doctor Who: Fear of the Dark Paperback – April 23, 2013
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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.Read more ›
This book reminds me of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in the way that you have arrogant scientists who thinks he above Mother Nature by taken creation into their hands. Only difference is while you can understand and maybe feel sorry for Shelley's "monster", the monster in this story you don't.
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.Read more ›
I have been reading scary books since childhood. Upon reaching the age of 9 or so, my favorite genre became horror, both in movies and in literature. Rarely do I ever have nightmares from reading scary stories. But this book gave me nightmares. The darkness and evil in this book is so terrifying, and I believe symbolic of the evil that is possible in all people. I think the writing in the book is terrific. I was torn between wanting to put the book down because it frightened me, and staying up all night to read because it fascinated me.
I really liked the way the Doctor was written, I felt it stayed very true to the feeling of the series. However, this story does seem so much more violent that what is typical of Doctor Who, and it made me a little sad. Sure, there are times when there is a high body count, but the nature of the deaths in this book is particularly insidious, and it make me uncomfortable. The supporting cast of characters is a little weak as well, though in the end I was glad I did not get too attached to most of them. For me, the standouts are Stoker and Bunny Cheung, which are sort of like warring factions of the nature of man. There is strong emphasis on the them-us, dark-light motif in this story, but you will be surprised who all ends up on which sides of the equation.
All in all, a solid story that will appeal to most Doctor Who Fans.
I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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Great book to get if you like the story dark and very suspenseful.Published 12 months ago by Alex M. Arritt
For anyone that likes Doctor Who, I suggest these books. They are worth every penny and I enjoy rereading them when I have a chance.Published 22 months ago by Teresa Thomas
This was really a splendid read. Baxendale shows a deft hand with the characterization and introduces us to some strong story building. I definitely recommend his stuff.Published 24 months ago by H. Atwood
This book has so much action and full of adventure the book also has so much drama and it has so much suspensePublished on May 27, 2014 by Lynn Primmer
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!!! Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Gary Serje
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.Published on December 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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!Published on December 15, 2013 by Kris Ryan Stallard