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Doctor Who: Dreamstone Moon [Paperback]

Paul Leonard
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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5 May 1998 Doctor Who
Dreamstone allows people to record and play back their dreams; it can only be found on a certain moon. The Doctor and Sam travel there to prevent its destruction whilst Anton La Serre wants to know why his pleasant dreams have turned into nightmares.

Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st Paperback Edition edition (5 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405856
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 8 Sep 2006
This is a book that says as much about humanity's regrowth after the Dalek invasion as it is about ecological protests against corporate greed. The humans are a bunch of rabid xenophobes you'd want to shoot rather than share chromosomes with and the greedy corporation of Dreamstone Inc is even worse. The Doctor and Sam almost run into each other a couple of times, narrowly avoiding each other a few times, which is a good thing as it builds tension and teases the reunion. New temporary companions Daniel and Aloisse are interesting, he's a jaded miner who only cares about providing for his family and she's a radical protestor who falls foul of the humans and suffers terribly at their hands. The premise of the story is pure Star Trek, alien moons coming to life, but there's a fresh Aliens twist as the military boot lands heavily on the situation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable, but it doesn't stand out 12 Aug 2000
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This is a very ordinary story - the only thing that might make it stand out is that it is part 3 in this silly little Sam's run away arc, and that whilst Sam is in it, she never actually interacts with Doctor. In a way, I think that might be the problem, as for me it just doesn't really work. The plot itself is bland in my opinion, but you may want to read it for the further developments in Sam's character before you move onto the altogether better Seeing I...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dreamstone Moon 19 April 2013
Paul Leonard has improved slightly since the awful Genocide, but not by much.

The story of Dreamstone Moon is kept pretty simple, and easy to follow. You are introduced to Anton who reluctantly uses a dreamstone to enhance his dreams, you catch up with Sam and eventually you follow the Doctor. The main premise of Dreamstone Moon is that a company is mining dreamstone, which is a mineral which enhances dreams. Some eco warriors are fighting the miners so Sam gets cosy with them, whilst the Doctor arrives suspects that dreamstone isn't quite what it is cracked up to be and then promptly gets captured. The story is pretty generic science fiction and is pretty hard to follow at times, but whether this is due to Leonard not explaining things properly or just my lack of interest in following the technobabble I haven't actually figured out. The story isn't anywhere near the painstaking ordeal of Genocide, and for the most part it held my interest, despite me not fully understanding why something was happening. The ending did seem pretty abrupt, nothing was explained very clearly so I was left knowing why things happened, but not so much how.

In Genocide Leonard had the Doctor acting very un-Doctor like by not getting involved, and spending the vast majority of the novel captured. Dreamstone Moon improves on this by actually having his characterization down this time around, but again he spends far too much of the novel absent or captured. I'd have preferred it if the story was totally Doctorless, like Face of the Enemy, but with Sam as the main, but instead you keep wanting the Doctor to show up and wow you but he does so just once, right at the end.

Dreamstone Moon is totally Sam's story. We catch up with her, still on the Kusk ship floating aimlessly in space.
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