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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486220
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 957,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Don Kepunja on 25 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
This great little Doctor Who book falls into the category `Simply Perfect'. Yes, it's somewhat traditional, after the free-wheeling, multi-direction experiments of the television interregnum, but if you've lost track of the dashing, indefatigable Eighth Doctor since Paul McGann's (excellent) performance in the 1996 TV Movie, and want to get to know him again before his hinted-at return to our screens (Dear BBC: Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!) then you could do worse than start here; Baxendale catches his wide-eyed irrepressibility to a T.

Published in 2004, Deadstone Memorial (genuinely brilliant title) nods to the then-unbroadcast new show, thrillingly dropping the Doctor into suburbia, and plunging him straight into action surrounding the seeming psychic-possession of an ordinary family. It's not that straightforward, of course, but fridge doors and dimensional portals rub shoulders in a way Russell T Davies would understand.

Single mum Hazel, in particular, is nicely sketched, a middle-aged woman whose brush with this most romantic incarnation of the Doctor uncovers parts of her personality buried by years of selflessness and duty. It's quickly, confidently shown by the author, their growing relationship caught perfectly in a night-time garden scene that (like all the best Doctor Who books) reveals something true about the Doctor, too - that his first love will always be danger.

The Eighth Doctor has had a strange, non-telly half-life, but here our hero truly lives and breathes again, and makes the reader sorry McGann himself didn't get out more in the curls, cravat and velvet coat. After the dark calculation of the Seventh, here is a Doctor just bursting for what's next, throwing himself in to save the day because... well that's what he's always done; and it's fun!
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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 5 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
Plot-wise this is fairly standard horror Who material, with ghostly apparitions in the woods turning out to be thanks to a stranded alien presence, and a local family suffering bouts of child possession (with projectile vomiting in true Exorcist-style) being explained away as psychic powers, but Baxendale scores heavily in his excellent characterisation of the 8th Doctor, which perfectly captures the flavour of Paul McGanns sole TV performance. Basic stuff, but well-written, and with a cracking finale featuring an animated 'soil-beast', The Deadstone Memorial isn't exactly deep or thought-provoking, but it is an enjoyable adventure story, and easily the usually disappointing Baxendale's best novel.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2006
Format: Paperback
taking the same theme as the tv episode fear her a while before that was written, the doctor investigates strange goings on in suburbia.

Not quite as strong as the preceding novel the sleep of reason, which had slightly similar earth bound themes and excellent characterisation, this is nonetheless a nice read, with an admirable focus of scale that was missing from the range for so long during the sabbath story arc.

And out of all the books, it brings us the best characterisation of the eighth doctor. A very good book, and well worth reading
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