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Doctor Who - The Nightmare of Black Island (New Series Adventure 10) [Hardcover]

Mike Tucker
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21 Sep 2006 DOCTOR WHO (Book 64)

On a lonely stretch of Welsh coastline a fisherman is killed by a hideous creature from beneath the waves. When the Doctor and Rose arrive, they discover a village where the children are plagued by nightmares, and the nights are ruled by monsters. The villagers suspect that ancient industrialist Nathanial Morton is to blame, but the Doctor has suspicions of his own.

Who are the ancient figures that sleep in the old priory? What are the monsters that prowl the woods after sunset? What is the light that glows in the disused lighthouse on Black Island? As the children's nightmares get worse, The Doctor and Rose discover an alien plot to resurrect an ancient evil...

Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; hardcover edition (21 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486503
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 12 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aliens plot to resurrect an ancient evil in this gripping sci-fi adventure from the BBC Books Doctor Who fiction range

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Mike Tucker is a visual effects designer, who, after 20 years at the BBC, now runs his own company - The Model Unit - out of Ealing Studios. He has worked as an effects assistant on the original series of 'Dr Who' and has been the Miniature Effects Supervisor on the first two seasons of the new series, overseeing the team responsible for (amongst other things) the destruction of Big Ben, the Daleks (and their Emperor) and K-9. His previous books for the BBC have mostly been written with long time colleague Robert Perry and have all revolved around the characters of the seventh Doctor and Ace.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor battles monsters in Wales 3 Oct 2006
This book is a very entertaining, albeit brief, read, full of the usual quips we are used to from the television series. Mike Tucker has perfectly captured the character of the Doctor and Rose in his novel and rattles along the story at a cracking pace so it very much feels like an episode from the tv show. It has some creepy moments but all in all is perfect for all fans of the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Monster Mash! 25 Nov 2006
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
The 4th in BBC Books series of 10th Doctor novels finds the Doctor and Rose confronting nightmarish monsters in a coastal Welsh town and strange goings on in a sinister rest home for the elderly. While the Welsh setting maybe rather over familiar from the current TV series this book is stuffed full of more rampaging monster action than even the television producers could ever afford, and author Mike Tucker does well to inject some classic late 70's style Doctor Who horror atmosphere into the proceedings, making this a book which should be enjoyed by fans old and new alike. One of the best of the BBC Doctor Who novels for younger readers and those young at heart readers looking for a pacy pulp adventure. Good stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Nightmare of Black Island 14 Nov 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Off the coast of Wales outside the village of Ynys Du, the disused lighthouse appears to have some business going on. And in the village, things aren't much better. So when the Doctor and Rose arrive to monsters in the woods, the Doctor's determined to find out what's going on and put a stop to it.

This story features the Tenth Doctor (as played by David Tennant) and his companion Rose (played by Billie Piper). The story is a good blend of monsters-under-the-bed, haunted rectories, aliens and old village secrets. The Doctor and Rose are pulled into the middle of a mystery that they unwittingly become part of. The action is well-paced, and the characters are well drawn. All round good Doctor Who story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My title 'The 10th Doctor in a 2nd and 3rd Doctor type Situation' really sums this book up.

Mike Tucker has taken the idea of a modern day resort plagued by Monsters at Night.

The locals do not seem to be keen to solve the problem or figure out why the monsters are appearing- could it be something to do with the monsters only appearing when the children go to sleep.

All the ingredients of a 'bottle' TV series are here- the strange house filled with a mysterious and sinister surgeon and his creepy looking staff -the black island with the abandoned lighthouse- sinister tunnels and aliens hiding in human form.

yes we have seen it 100s of times before but it is still entertaining never the less.

Anthony Head narrates the story which rattles along at a decent speed and the two Cds worth of 2 hours and 30 minutes is done justice to well.

Not as good as the Big Finish Productions which are dramatized but an entertaining listen if you can get it at a decent reduced price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who 1 Mar 2010
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This is a great story, very well read. It's one I will listen to many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad dreams 21 May 2009
Mike Tucker's latest original Tenth Doctor novel is faintly derivative of Doctor Who Gothic classics such as 'The Horror of Fang Rock', however this is no bad thing for me as the 1977 Edwardian lighthouse mystery is one of my favourite TV serials. Tucker creates a creepy and eerie atmosphere whilst imbuing his characters with wit and charm; David Tennant's Tenth Doctor is admirably re-created here, along with teenage sidekick Rose Tyler, and the pair do what they do best - get caught up in seemingly innocent events that take a turn for the sinister almost immediately.
Evocative and intriguing mystery; this BBC Books Doctor Who novel is one of the best in the series so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The prologue of this book is scary as flaming hell. A real creepy setting and really good action. immediately gets you hooked into a book of nightmares and young children and ancient evil. This book is thoroughly rivetting. A good plot and many scary moments written by a Doctor Who pro. Mike Tucker is an excellent writer with dark stories and this one is in the same league as the macabre and dark Matrix, a brilliant read! this should be made into a tv episode. it really actually does happen to be that good.!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant dreams 28 Sep 2006
Mike Tucker has written several doctor who novels in the past, but they all featured ace and the seventh doctor. This is his first go at another tardis crew.

You know what you're going to get with this range of books. They're not going to be great literature or novels in their own right, they are going to be a doctor who story on the printed page that could - if the BBC would increase the budget - be done on the TV screen. And they will stand or fail on how well the writer depicts the tardis crew.

The second batch of ninth doctor books were helped by the writers having seen the doctor in action on the tv screen, given that the first were written before they'd had a chance to. The same seems to have been true with the tenth doctor. And thus, having seen what he's like, the writer does capture the character very well. The same is true of rose.

The plot is a curious beast. Starting out with a wonderfully scary encounter between a rain soaked fisherman and a monster, and giving us spooky chases through dark woods and villages full of frightened people, it doesn't quite make the most of all of this. And indeed not a lot of the book actually takes place on black island!

But for every part of the plot that feels over familiar, there are bits that are quite clever and fresh.

So this isn't a great piece of literature, but it's a good solid bit of literary doctor who, and generally worth your time
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On a lonely stretch of Welsh coastline a fisherman is killed by a hideous creature from beneath the waves. Read more
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Published on 26 Sep 2009 by P.A.G
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy elements but a familiar plot.
This book had plenty of elements to make it creepy and as exciting as most of the Doctor Who books - dark woods, an huge decrepit house, a deserted island - all made more scary... Read more
Published on 16 July 2009 by Mr. M. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Young people's education is shocking!
So I began listening to the suave and silky tones of the wonderful Anthony Head. I liked the descriptions and the scene-setting of the novel but the whole effect was somewhat... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2007 by Mr. D. Harris
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