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Doctor Who: The Burning [Mass Market Paperback]

Justin Richards
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7 Aug 2000
The late nineteenth century -- the age of reason, of enlightenment, of industrialization. Britain is the workshop of the world, the center of the Empire.Progress has left Middletown behind. The tin mine is worked out, jobs are scarce, and a crack has opened across the moors that the locals believe reaches into the depths of Hell itself.But things are changing: Lord Urton is preparing to reopen the mine; the society for Physical Research is interested in the fissure; Roger Nepath and his sister are exhibiting their collection of mystic Eastern artifacts. People are dying. Then a stranger arrives, walking out of the wilderness: A man with no name, no history.

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (7 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538127
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Justin Richards has written more books than he can remember. He has also written audio scripts, television, a stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of - amongst other things - The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and the series The Invisible Detective, Time Runners, and Agent Alfie. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself.
His latest novel - The Skeleton Clock - is available for the Kindle.
Justin lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Burning brighter than a falling star 24 Jan 2012
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With his planet and his people gone, the Doctor, literally a man without a name, awakens on Earth at the turn of the 20th century in a carriage, amnesiac, with only a tiny blue box and a letter from a mysterious `Fitz' asking to meet him at St Louis on February 8th 2001 in his coat pocket.

`The Burning' by Doctor Who luminary Justin Richards was one of the first classic Doctor Who novels I read. Having read the graphic novel collections of Scott Gray's run on the Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who Magazine, and established a firm image and characterisation of one of the most complex and deeply passionate, humanised, incarnations of the Last of the Time Lords, I was wholly unprepared for diving into where it all began.

`The Burning' reinvents and reinterprets the Doctor Who mythos, heralding a new beginning in the Doctor's life, and readers alike. The Doctor here is a blank slate: a chance to be someone else, to be human for once. No longer does the Doctor have to `act' human, or project a human side, so as to not alienate the human companions that have taken up so much of his lifetimes, filling the long periods of loneliness in his long life. He can finally form human relationships, experience human love and loss, as is explored in the subsequent `Earth Arc' as it has become known. By cutting the cord to Gallifrey, and thus the weighted burden of his Time Lord responsibilities, the Doctor can finally adopt Earth as his home-from-home. He has become a blood-brother to the human race. He is a fallen angel seeking redemption for the sins of his tumultuous and tenebrous past. To quote show-runner Steven Moffat: "I think of the Doctor as an angel that aspires to be human".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mood, gripping story. 4 Oct 2002
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After the over-the-top nature of the Faction Paradox arc, the Doctor Who books needed a little more grounding in reality and this is it. Not that this is a purely historical novel - the main plot concerns a fire monster - but it strikes a down-to-Earth (excuse the pun) mood, more gothic horror than insane sci-fi.
This is our first look at the "new" Doctor and my is it impressive. The writer's guidelines say that the Doctor should be viewed through the eyes of others to remain an engima, and this is one of the few times I've seen it work well. Without giving us a single look inside his head, Richards paints a picture of a very complex man; intelligent and incisive and compassionate, yet also rather detached. The ending - to give away nothing - is a powerful scene simply because it's the last thing you'd have expected the the "old" Doctor to do. I wouldn't have minded seeing more of this character.
Overall, this is a gripping book from start to finish, with great characters and a storyline that actually makes sense. (Although they never did explain the link between the TARDIS and the Burning.) Buy it. Read it. You won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Horror Meets Who 29 Dec 2003
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Post-Interference series, late nineteenth century. Middletown has industrialised itself intoan unprofitable corner, leaving the land-owner, Lord Urton, floundering for options. When Roger Nepath offers him one, however strange, the town - and potentially the world - are put in danger. And only The Doctor, and the small blue-black box in his pocket, stand between Nepath and the end of the world.
As the first book of a new arc, The Burning is a reasonable enough beginning, steeped in mystery and mysticism. In hindsight, it reads like a Hammer horror film - and Peter Cushing's Doctor might have been better suited for the main role (if spiked with a little less grandfatherliness and more monster-mashing chutzpah), with Christopher Lee as Nepath. This is the sort of horror tale that sees people killed because they seem to lack the commonsense and balance to know when and how to run.
At times it feels sluggish, in that I felt the need to move on, peeking ahead through the pages to see what lay ahead. The Earthbound environment, following a lot of stories on aliens worlds, or in alien times, may be at fault for making me feel that way. However, the need to forge ahead and see what happens next seems to have had something to do with the engaging storyline and the loathsome characters - so, it comes recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Who... Am... I...?" 8 Mar 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Justin Richards has always been, in my opinion, one of those, um, 'dependable' authors - never writing a classic, but never really churning out something hideously bad (oh alright, 'Tears of the Oracle' was rubbish).
So it comes as some surprise that 'The Burning' was so much better than I was hoping for. I was expecting it to be... mediocre at best, but it turned out to be a very thrilling little novel. The 'new' Eighth Doctor was interesting to read about, and the book's main threat, the 'burning' creature, was pretty scarey, reminding me of many 'Who' monsters that I found creepy as a child in the seventies.
There should be something in 'The Burning' for 'Who' fans old and new alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars !!JUST GO BUY IT!! 1 Feb 2001
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This book is a great example of why we love DR Who? he is a man of mystery and until quite a bit in to the book its hard to know which of 3 chars. he is dont let anything put you off reading this book. I am converted. and that takes some doing ! and yes Paul IS the eighth Doctor I couldnt say just how but he IS. past Dr novels give you the warm childhood glow of nostalgia but this is all NEW stuff BRING IT ON . ps hands up those of you who have toyed with the idea of going to St. louis in feb?
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3.0 out of 5 stars good story slow burner
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the doctor having lost his memorys lands in the past where he encounters someone who sees fire as a god the plot drags from the start it takes over 90-100 pages... Read more
Published on 7 May 2010 by chace
3.0 out of 5 stars New story arc off to an average start
"The Burning" is the start of a new story arc for the Eighth Doctor. Stranded on Earth in the late nineteenth century without his TARDIS or memory after the events of... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly enjoyable new beginning for the Doctor
How refreshing it is to read a story that isn't bogged down by continuity references and that's coming from someone who normally enjoys stories like that. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2000 by GARY T PRUDHOE
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly enjoyable new beginning for the Doctor
How refreshing it is to read a story that isn't bogged down by continuity references and that's coming from someone who normally enjoys stories like that. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2000 by GARY T PRUDHOE
5.0 out of 5 stars New Direction=Excellent Book, New feel
This book starts off the "new" era in the EDA's- after the resolution of a great deal of plotlines in the last book "The Ancestor Cell". Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2000 by Julio Angel Ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars A new start for the Dr Who novels...
This is terrific-a new start for the Dr Who novels that lives and breathes excitement. All who have given up on the books should look back in here, here is none of the baggage of... Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2000
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