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Doctor Who: Dark Horizons Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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Of all the incarnations of the Doctor I have encountered, number 11 is one of my least favorites, so I was a bit nervous going into this book, knowing 11 was the Doctor in the story. I was pleasantly surprised, and once again reminded that no matter what his appearance is, the Doctor is the Doctor. I really enjoyed the setting of the story; it involved two groups of fearsome warriors from different cultures, both of which are of personal interest. I loved the way Norse mythology was woven into the story, and I like that at the end, an actual earthly phenomenon is tied in as well.
The writing is crisp, and true to the feel of the Doctor. I do wish that there had been a companion written into the story, but I can understand why no one was, so that the story can be more versatile in terms of the Doctor's timeline. Any die hard fan of the show is going to love this book, even if, like me, they do not care for 11. And really, this book is a good read for any sci-fan or anyone looking to dabble with Doctor Who literature. It is aimed at young adult readers, but in reality is engaging enough for adult readers as well.
I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
It's a somewhat darker story, set in the Northern European past, ostensibly the Viking period. Give it a listen, you'll be glad you did.
This time, the Doctor faces yet another foe on earth who is decimating a small group of islanders as well as Viking ships in surrounding waters. Mysterious flames burn anything that floats above the water -- turtles, ships, men, etc. Only the Doctor knows that the strange burning isn't a sign from the gods. What he doesn't know is how to stop the strange alien race from consuming the island's inhabitants, the wildlife, and quite possibly the entire planet.
From seeing the Viking ship on the front cover and the flaming TARDIS on the back cover alone, I knew this was a book I had to read and I was in no way disappointed. Dark Horizons is one of the most spine-chilling and frightening Doctor Who adventures (and that includes the episodes on TV!) that I've come across. The Arill, is a collective species who need energy to thrive and the best place to get that energy on Earth in the Dark Ages is the human race. Basically, they burn up anything in their path and humans are consumed from the inside out. Needless to say, it's pretty gross stuff.
The Doctor doesn't have a companion in this series but makes friends with some Vikings, Henrik and Princess Freydis as well as little island lad, Luag. The Doctor, as always, is brilliant. A bit brash, a little bit clumsy, and a load of witty always make for an interesting tale and author Jenny Colgan definitely brought that out in this little adventure.Read more ›
'Doctor Who: Dark Horizons' is my first introduction to the world of Doctor Who - literary or otherwise. I've heard great things about the TV series, but I didn't quite know what to expect when I picked up this book. Needless to say, it surpassed any expectations I may have had and then some. The book is a wonderful mix of science fiction, fantasy, and some history as the Doctor heads back in time to mix with the Vikings and other interesting people of that era. If things couldn't get stranger - there's a fire that burns without any way to stop it. Water has no effect on it, people get put it out, and it's only spreading and causing destruction and mayhem in its wake. The Doctor must figure out what this fire is and what's causing it, if he ever wants to be able to extinguish it for good. The plot was really fascinating and I loved how it mixed in a science fiction storyline in a historical setting. The blending of the two made it very original and unique, which is a rarity these days. The characters were all well written, especially that of the Doctor. He's quirky, smart, resourceful and determined to find truth. I enjoyed getting to know his character for the first time with this novel. The writing was well done with a natural flow and a quick pace that had me hooked from the first chapter. There was action and adventure thrown into the mix for good measure, which only added to the complexity of the story itself. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy, science fiction, and - of course - fans of Doctor Who.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a bad novel. Only good thing was the tardis acting like a sub, and the Doctor in a diving suit. I don't think doctor who ever do that before. Read this book at your peril.Published on November 26, 2013 by Chris Coyne
Not one of my favorites. Liked the background story with the Vikings, but kinda lost me after a few chapters.Published on September 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am a long time Doctor Who fan, and have always enjoyed the odd book now and again. However I must say that this book has to be one of my favourites. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by madscientistWHO
Loved it. Spectacular in Doctor who fashion. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to many more books and episodes.Published on April 27, 2013 by Janice Byers