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Doctor Who - Wishing Well (New Series Adventure 19) Hardcover – 26 Dec 2007

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st edition edition (26 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846073480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846073489
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 12 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Make a wish... the Doctor and Martha will soon wish they hadn't - a gripping mystery from the bestselling series of Doctor Who novels.

About the Author

Trevor Baxendale was born in Liverpool in 1966. He has been contributing to a variety of Doctor Who fiction ranges for both BBC Books and Big Finish Productions for the last ten years and is the author of the award-winning 2004 BBC novel The Deadstone Memorial. He is a regular contributor to BBC Magazines' hugely popular Doctor Who Adventures, scripting the further exploits of the Doctor in comic strip form. His Torchwood novel, Something in the Water, was published in March 2008 and was a national bestseller.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alison Johnson on 4 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Another good addition to the series of Doctor Who tie-in novels. The central mystery of the story is gripping and plays out well, keeping the reader intruiged. The supporting characters are well-drawn and, above all, the characterisation of the Doctor and Martha is good. Elements of the denouement are perhaps a little reminiscent of similar events in other recent Doctor Who novels such as Wetworld and The Feast of the Drowned but overall the story idea is interesting and well written. Overall, a very enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 23 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Trevor Baxendale's latest offering instantly took me back to those classic 70s and 80s Doctor Who stories such as: `The Stones of Blood', `The Android Invasion', `The Daemons' and `Terror of the Zygons'; which invariably involved the Timelord arriving in a small secluded village somewhere in England, only to uncover a malignant alien entity, whilst being aided by eccentric locals and hampered by belligerent Lords of the Manor. This gave the story a nostalgic quality for me, as well as imbuing it with cosiness and a familiarity that enabled me to quickly become immersed in the adventure. It could reasonably be argued that the characters and the monster are pretty generic, but this doesn't matter when they're all put together with such style. A great read and well worth getting hold of.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A Doctor who novel featuring the tenth doctor and his companion martha. As with all this range it tells a story not seen on tv. Runs for roughly 240 pages. And the characterisation of the doctor and companion is very good and you can imagine the actors saying all the dialogue as it fits their characters fine.

The story sees the doctor and martha visting a small village somewhere in britain. The locals are trying to attract more tourists. But pretty much the only interesting thing there is an old wishing well. Legend has it that there's buried treasure at the bottom of the well.

But as the doctor soon finds out, what's down there is something else entirely, and a danger to the whole world...

This gets off to a pacy start by introducing you at first to a group of men who are hunting for the treasure. It then shows you how one of them is under a strange influence. The pace continues nicely after that because it doesn't have to set the danger up, it allows the characters to investigate the situation and you keep turning the pages eager to see what they will find. The whole reveal is very well paced. And the villagers are a well written bunch of characters all of whom do have some depth.

But about two thirds in, once what's down the well is released, it becomes very predictable. The menace and how it's dealt are absolutely nothing we haven't seen before in this range.

Whilst the last third of the book is very average, the quality of the first two are enough to rate this slightly higher than average.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Loved this story..It sees The Doctor and Martha visit the little village of Creighton Mere..but this village has secrets.Three college students..lead by Nigel Carson..are attempting to find treasure in a cave leading up to the village well..but Nigel is in possession of somthing far more dangerious than treasure...As the story goes on The Doctor finds something nasty down the well..an alien called The Vurosis.similar in many ways to A Krynoid..a very nasty intergalatic weed..The story moves at a nice fast pace..with some great one liners for The Doctor..You can feel the energy of The Doctor and Martha coming out at you..Even The Doctor is taken aback of the size and power of The Vurosis..They make some good friends in the village...There is a part of the story where you think that The Doctor has met his match..but the ending is spectacular and the matter of the treasure is explanded also..Any Doctor Who fan should add this excellent novel to thier collection..I highly recommend it..10/10..
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Format: Hardcover
After reading reviews I was a bit apprehensive about this, but I was pleasantly surprised. The first three quarters build up nicely, with an English village with toffs, madmen, restoration committees, family feuds and battered landrovers, together with some mysterious goings on in a tunnel and legends around the well. The characters are few, varied and interesting and the mystery about the inevitable monster builds nicely. Once the monster is revealed it goes into more usual territory for this series of running away, then confronting and attempts to outwit. Some of the better points form earlier, such as the developing relationships, get abandoned in the action. This is disappointing but I rather liked the monster. It is proper alien in looks, attitude and habits, and you don't even get to see all of it. The physics involved in the transmutation were a bit outlandish, but overall the book is one of the better ones in the series.
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