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Doctor Who: Fear of the Dark [Paperback]

Trevor Baxendale
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6 Jan 2003 Doctor Who
In the year 2382 archaeologists land on Akoshemon's only moon, searching for evidence of the planet's infamous past. But when the Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa are drawn into the lunar caverns they find more than a team of academics - and help uncover much more than ancient history. Something is lying in wait, deep inside the labyrinth of caves: something that remembers the spiral of war, pestilence and deprivation that ruined Akoshemon. Something that rejoiced in every kind of horror and destruction. An age-old terror is about to be reborn. But what is the hideous secret of the Bloodhunter? And why does Nyssa feel that her thoughts are no longer her own? Forced to confront his own worst fears, even the Doctor will be pushed to breaking point - and beyond.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (6 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538653
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,036,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fear of the Dark is a Dr. Who novel by Trevor Baxendale. It's his fourth Dr. Who novel, and the first one to involve a different Doctor than the eighth. Baxendale does an excellent job with this one, creating his very own Who horror novel with some chills and a tight cast of characters. It's only marred by an ending that seems to take forever and some wooden characterization.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fear of the Dark 17 Jun 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Taking life easy for a few days, having a nasty cold, I've read a couple of the 50th anniversary editions of Doctor Who novels. The Fourth Doctor story, Festival of Death, was great and I've reviewed that.

This one is the Fifth Doctor story representative for the 50th anniversary celebrations. Fear of the Dark was first published in 2003, and is set after the tv story Arc of Infinity, when Tegan returns to the Tardis after the adventure in Amsterdam with Omega. Tegan, Nyssa and the Doctor are still feeling the loss of Adric, and Nyssa is haunted by nightmares of Traken. When the Tardis is attacked by some kind of psionic force, they land on what turns out to be the moon of Akoshemon, a planet where centuries of fear and horror have haunted the landscape. There the Tardis crew meet up with a team led by Jyl Stoker; but what are they doing there and what does it mean for the Doctor and his companions?

This is a great story; the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan are captured perfectly. I love the way the author has captured Tegan's quickfire temper, and there is humour laced among the action and mounting horror of the narrative. Beyond that, the story itself is a clever, multi-layered narrative, which starts off seeming like its going to be quite straightforward but along the way turns into a very complex story with many sidelines. That's a good thing; the characters all get a chance to develop into `real' people, and the mounting tension and horror of the story becomes a real tangible thing. The Doctor's fear of his own vulnerabilities makes the story never seem like a sure-fire neatly tied up opportunity, and there is real tension and concern in the story right to the end. Totally, utterly recommende. This is a great Doctor Who, and a great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who - Fear of the Dark 20 Mar 2004
This book is absolutely mind blowing. The fifth Doctor character is portrayed brilliantly as are Nyssa & Tegan. For a Dr who story it can get rather gruesome, but it works very well and the enemy is very believable.
Superb detail and descripton makes this one of the best books i've ever read. Very Very impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fifth Doctor Classic Novel 8 Nov 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Trevor Baxendale has written the exellent 8th Doctor Big Finish audio adventure Something's Inside & here writes for the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa & Tegan.

This is a engaging story that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of twists & turns in this very chilling adventure set on an ruined moon on the planet of Akoshemon.

The Doctor,Nyssa & Tegan arriving in the Tardis team up with Archaeologists led by Stoker at a archaeological dig were they are delving into the planets past history.

Akoshemons past history is of fear & darkness but now a great malevolent force is being reborn bringing more than what was told about Akoshemon past history.

An ancient evil is uprising that brings terror to the resident's of Askshemon as the Doctor's worst fears are about to be confirmed & the Timelord is about to to be pushed to his physical & emotional limits & beyond as the Doctor may not survive what evil forces awaits him.

Trevor Baxendale delivers a very dark & at time's gruesome adventure here for the Fifth Doctor & his companions, Yet Baxendale has actually nailed the Fifth Doctor's characteristics perfectly as i feel this is one of the most difficult incarnations to write for in Novels & audiobooks.

This is a chilling page turning adventure & although the ending drags slightly in no way does it diminish the quality written plot stucture of this wonderful fifth Doctor novel which is one of the better novels in the 50th Anniversary series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Survival horror
Just like an original fifth doc adventure well written and spooky as hell love how the doctor is pushed to the very brink of desperation and fear recommended
Published 10 months ago by craig stuart jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Peter Davison is very good as Doctor Who and it was nice to get a sense of him being truly scared for once. Read more
Published 13 months ago by TARDIS Traveller
2.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Is Scary. The End.
The dark is scary. The end.

That's pretty much the content of this novel, which features the fifth Doctor and his companions Tegan and Nyssa. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Richard Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very enjoyable.. different and couldn't put it down! It's going to be one I read again and again. Great for the Doctors 50th anniversary
Published 16 months ago by fenric71
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Fear of the Dark
On a moon of the ruined planet Akoshemon, an age-old terror is about to be reborn. Something that remembers the spiral of war, pestilence and deprivation - and rejoices in it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars PDA Order
Transaction and shipping went through with no problems except for corner of package open upon arrival causing a few page corners to be bent. Read more
Published on 17 July 2009 by William E. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat
As a definituve Dr Who fan this book was a golden ray of light - how ironic. The book all the way through sucks you in, ever wanting to read on. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best BBC books yet
For me this book is up there with Last of the Gaderine, Grave Matter, The Roundheads and The burning. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Who-by-numbers
While Fear of the Dark is an easy and readable book it's real flaw is its failure to offer the reader anything new. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2003 by Jane Aland
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