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on 4 January 2008
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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on 10 April 2015
I read this book with my mum and it is my ( joint with touched by an angel) favourite Doctor who book.
Also Trevor Baxendale has made the doctor very funny. Also Trevor used very good words to describe the scenes and the monster so I could picture it in my head easily. I absolutely loved this book.
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on 23 March 2009
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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on 14 October 2014
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 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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VINE VOICEon 8 April 2008
The 10th Doctor and Martha find themselves up against an alien weed creature that is hidden beneath an ancient well in this BBC Books novel. 'Wishing Well' has some nice characterisation, a dash of humour, and some pleasantly creepy moments - the only downside is the complete lack of any original ideas, with the novel coming over as a rather generic 'alien monster of the week'.

Well written (pun not intended) but uninspired, 'Wishing Well' will certainly entertain anyone looking for a dose of the Doctor for a two or three hours, but this is a novel that will be forgotten within an hour of turning the last page.
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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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on 4 August 2010
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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on 19 April 2013
The old village well is just a curiosity - something to attract tourists intrigued by stories of lost treasure, or visitors just making a wish. Unless something alien and terrifying could be lurking inside the well? Something utterly monstrous that causes nothing but death and destruction?

But who knows the real truth about the well? Who wishes to unleash the hideous force it contains? What terrible consequences will follow the search for a legendary treasure hidden at the bottom?

No one wants to believe the Doctor's warnings about the deadly horror lying in wait - but soon they'll wish they had...

Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit sci-fi series from BBC Television.
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on 20 April 2008
the book flowed well and was well detailed in description but i found the 'monster in the well' to be dull and pretty uneventful - comparing it to other doctor who books that kept you gripped, the ending for me was a bit predictable - sorry!
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