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Doctor Who - Wooden Heart (New Series Adventure 15) Hardcover – 19 Apr 2007


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  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; hardcover edition (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846072263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846072260
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 12.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Day has written 18 novels and non-fiction books about television in general and Doctor Who in particular. Among his Doctor Who books and audiobooks are Wooden Heart, The Sleep of Reason, Bunker Soldiers, The Jade Pyramid and The Sarah Jane Adventures: Children of Steel.

A frequent writer for television, he is a regular contributor to BBC1's Doctors, worked on Channel Five's Family Affairs, and was lead writer on CBBC's Crisis Control. He currently has an original film project in development in the US.

He also writes plays, comic strips, short stories and journalism, including over 50 articles and reviews for publications including Cult TV, Hammer Horror, Doctor Who Magazine, Times Educational Supplement and NME.

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Martin Day began his career working for the Guinness Book of Records and reviewing records for the NME, and has gone on to write television scripts about kids with ASBOs and Goths getting tattoos, plays, books about Star Trek and The X-Files, and Doctor Who novels.

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A trip through space becomes a nightmare walk in the woods for the Doctor and Martha - from the bestselling series of Doctor Who novels.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Poldy on 30 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
Although a long-term Doctor Who fan, I have not always read the books, mainly because there are so many of them. However, I have kept up with the books since the new series started and, although they have been patchy at best, the most recent three have been the best so far.

The Doctor and Martha arrive on a space ship which seems to be filled with the corpses of prisoners on whom unspeakable experiments have been performed. Returning to the TARDIS, our intrepid duo find that a forest has mysteriously appeared where there was nothing previously. Entering the village, they find the locals in the grip of fear: the children are disappearing and there are monsters in the forest.

This is a gripping, well-written and ingenious novel which avoids the usual clichés of monsters on the rampage to present a character-based story with a good dash of "hard" science fiction ideas. The monsters in the forest reminded me of the film The Village, although the solution is very different. The main characters are well-presented and behave in character as we know them. All in all, very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 21 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Martin Day's latest Tenth Doctor novel is the first to feature companion Martha Jones. Although a little annoying on screen, Martha is presented well by Day and is a more rounded and interesting character as a result. Disppearing children, a forest that appears out of nowhere, sinister creatures in the woods and a spaceship full of corpses; plenty for The Doctor to get his teeth into - and he quickly does. Day also captures David Tennant's restless, enthusiastic and energetic Time Lord well, and he and Martha spark well off one another. A decent if occasionally slow entry in the BBC Books series of original novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Nov 2013
Format: Hardcover
"But I don't think either of us want to be standing right here when reality itself boils away, do you?"

This story features the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, and his companion Martha, as played by Freema Agyeman. I always enjoy stories with these two, as they seem to be a good pairing, and Martha stands up well as an individual alongside the charismatic Doctor.

Petr and Kristine's son Thom has disappeared, just like many others in their community. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Martha come across a drifting, apparently deserted Century-class research vessel, the Castor. Naturally, the Doctor feels compelled to take a look.

This is a really good Doctor Who story; spooky disappearances, unexplained technology, action and adventure, and it all takes place in a well thought out environment. Great stuff.
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Format: Paperback
Fine book, which keeps you guessing until the end, and with some good environments. I especially liked the drifting spaceship at the start, and the scenario behind the whole thing. Couple of bad points were that some aspects were clichéd from other recent Doctor Who books - the children were affected differently to everyone else, and the monsters were random parts from many creatures - and also the action scenes were not very well explained. Distances and movement was confusing which got annoying after a couple of times. Overall though, a nice interesting read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
Another novel in the bbc books range of doctor who stories, this one featuring the tenth doctor as played by david tennant, and his new companion martha jones.

The first batch of novels of each year have always faced the problem of writing for a new character - new doctors last two times and a new companion this time - who hasn't yet been seen on screen at the time of writing. In this case, writer martin day captures martha as a character pretty well. We are privy to a lot of her thoughts at first, and less as the book goes on, but this works fine and her dialogue, although perhaps not that different from rose at times, feels in keeping with the character based on what we've seen of her on television.

Plot wise, the tardis crew arrive on a deserted spaceship, and find a forest has suddenly appeared and is blocking their route back to the tardis. Their attempts to find what is going on lead to a page turning read. It's an intriguing mystery plot and I really wanted to know how it was going to turn out. The various supporting characters who appear in due course are quite well drawn. And the plot does bring in various issues of morality, which may go over the head of some younger readers, but are well handled and do make you think about them. And that's how it should be, rather than force the writer's opinion on the reader.

The resolution of the mystery doesn't hold too many surprises, but it was a good read getting there. A very strong entry in the range
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