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on 5 November 2009
A novel featuring the tenth doctor who and his companion martha jones. As ever with this range it's an all new story that runs for 244 pages, and it's designed to be read by readers of all ages. And the two main characters are perfectly captured by the writing, with dialogue that you can imagine them saying on screen.
The story of this one involves the doctor and martha visiting a small town in america at halloween time. Just as the discovery of a strange old book sparks a series of bizarre and scary happenings. There's something strange happening in the town. Aided by some local teenagers and an eccentric old woman the tardis crew have to find out what, or the whole planet Earth will be in danger...
This one does get going right from the off, thanks to a long prologue in which neither the doctor or martha appear, and then it keeps things moving along nicely afterwards with some very good set pieces. But the ultimate explanation for what's going on here isn't anything desperately new or excitingly original. So as a doctor who story it's nothing exceptional, but as a scary story for halloween it's not bad. Although some of the set pieces and one rather gruesome moment may not be entirely suitable for some younger readers.
A decent entry in this range of books, but not quite a standout