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on 2 March 2011
As a lover of Doctor Who and a life long resident of Worcester I was looking forward to this, the first DW book I'd ever read, and to start with things looked good. The tenth Doctor is captured here perfectly, his mannerisms, his cheeky asides that go right over everybody's head, his cock sure attitude it's him alright. And his two 1-day only companions are well fleshed out, the battle fatigued local Captain Darke and the hidden agenda off-worlder Emily. After that it's a bit dissappointing there is a surfeit of villians, first the alien businessman/arms dealer Henk, the Krillitane Toeclaw, the Esteemed Father(another krillitane) and the Krillitane Storm itself. There is no central threat, which calls for a lot of running around and capture/re-capture cycles (popular in the seventies). The Doctor even laments that the fact he keeps getting tied up!
And once I got over the thrill of seeing local place names in the Who-niverse the setting became somewhat superflous, it could of been any medieval cathedral city or rather any pre-gunpowder cathedral city since the medieval aspect was thinly sketched. Nor was there a cleary defined geography, I live here and couldn't figure where some things were happening. One short paragraph describing the lay of the land, the smells, the bustle the people, giving a real sense of place and time. Important things in a time travel story. Instead it read like a 'Build you own adventure story' "The Doctor arrived in [Worcester] and met [Emily] who helped him fight the Krillitane" The chance to create effective and exciting drama in unique colourful and expansive locations is hampered on TV by the cost, here it's been wasted.
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on 27 November 2009
Following on from their triumphant appearance in 2006 TV story 'School Reunion', another relatively unknown monster gets fleshed out in the latest original Tenth Doctor story from BBC Books. The Doctor is again companion-less, and this time links up with Emily, a mysterious humanoid from the future who is operating in medieval England. The Time Lord and his temporary companion are quickly caught up in a series of inexplicable murders, and The Doctor soon uncovers duplicity and treachery as the sinister 'Devil's Huntsman' causes superstitious locals to lock themselves away in their homes, and the new Sheriff to impose a strict curfew.

With several strong characters - notably guard Captain Darke and the enigmatic 'Henk', and a scintillating opening, this novel has all the hallmarks of a terrific read, however I found that after a strong start the story sagged in the middle and eventually became a generic runaround. Although impressive on the small screen, the Krillitane are pretty one-dimensional monsters, and the story just isn't gripping enough to carry them. Overall disappointing, but nevertheless readable.
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on 20 April 2016
‘The Krillitane Storm’ sees a welcome return to the aliens who originally appeared in ‘School Reunion’. Despite being quite interesting and original they were somewhat overshadowed by the return of Sarah-Jane and K-9. As they haven’t yet returned to the programme it is good that this novel provides another chance to enjoy them. The locale of twelfth century Worcester works especially well for them. Their demonic appearance suits them to terrorising dirty, mediaeval alleys and lurking in the cathedral. It gives the story a gothic feel.

The Krillitanes in this novel are obviously from a much earlier time period. It seems that the adoption of wings and hence their form in ‘School Reunion’ is something recent, to be developed more in their future. It is certainly a point of dispute between Krillitanes. Therefore the story features more than just the type of Krillitane witnessed in ‘School Reunion’ which gives a greater insight into their physiology and evolutionary development.
This story has a greater focus on the ability of the Krillitanes to mutate and adopt the physical characteristics of other species than their appearance in ‘School Reunion’. In fact, it is the oil of the Krillitanes that is the main concern, and conflict, of the novel, whether it is how different Krillitanes chose to utilise it in affecting their appearance and associated attributes or with other species seeking to steal, sell or use it for their own benefits. The Krillitanes are not the only monsters in this tale. Of course, there isn’t any of this the Doctor approves of, and thus plenty to stop.

Fortunately he recruits two honorary ‘companions’ to assist. Emily is what you might expect as typical companion material being a young, feisty and intelligent University student. She is made a little different, however, by not being from Earth and being in pursuit of a quest for vengeance that the Doctor doesn’t approve of. Alternately Darke is a fairly grim soldier actually from mediaeval Worcester. He is initially quite antagonistic towards the Doctor but both he and Emily turn out to be useful allies instrumental in saving Worcester and the world.

An entertaining read that makes good use of an already established monster.
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VINE VOICEon 22 May 2010
The final 10th Doctor novel finds the TARDIS landing in medieval Worcester, where the populace are living under fear of attack from an airborne terror known as the Devil's Huntsman...

With their one (and so far only) television appearance being limited to a single episode, the monstrous Krillitane's appeared to be ripe for further exploration, but despite good intentions this novel turns out to be a rather formuliac runaround. Perhaps sensing the creature's limitations Christopher Cooper sidelines them for a good portion of the novel, focusing instead on villainous businessman Henk, who is planning to use the Krillitanes for his own financial gain. The author captures the 10th Doctor's mannerisms well enough, and as is standard for these latter day 10th Doctor novels we get another 'one-off companion' substitute in the shape of bounty hunter Emily. Unfortunately whilst the plot is busy and works functionally well enough, the book seems a little fractured and unfocused at times, with too many enemies (first it's the Krillitanes, then Henk, then another batch of Krillitanes, then the Krillitane Storm itself) and medievil England overrun with so many aliens and spaceships that the historical setting becomes somewhat arbitrary.

Not a bad novel, 'The Krillitane Storm' contains enough thrills and adventure to keep the pages turning, but alas this is far from being one of the highlights of the range.
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An original Doctor Who which tells an all new story for the Tenth Doctor. Not presented before in any other format.

It runs for two hundred and thirty nine pages. Is divided into seventeen chapters plus a prologue.

It's suitable for readers of all ages.

It features the Tenth Doctor travelling on his own without any companions. His dialogue is perfectly well written and you can well imagine David Tennant saying it when you read it.

The story sees the Doctor land the TARDIS in Worcester in the twelfth century. Where the streets are quiet. Because a mythical beast is supposedly killing people.

After meeting a Krillitane, the Doctor hunts for the truth of the situation.

But they are not the only offworlders who are in the city...

Whilst the period detail does rather take a backseat as the story develops, and it does have some familiar plot style and development, this is a well above average entry in the series. And that's because of the way the plot works out. There is more going on here than initially meets the eye, and the various twists and turns do confound your expectations and keep it all moving along very nicely.

Coupled with two very decent supporting characters and a good action climax for one of them, that makes this is a very good read, and a strong entry in this series.
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VINE VOICEon 13 February 2010
I was very impressed with the writing of Christopher Cooper - Doctor Who and The Krillitane Storm was a book which was easy to read and easily identifiable with the characters. Working alone, the Doctor is quick to make friends and Christopher handles this very well, building up the characters as if the reader was actually watching the story on television. His use of the Krillitanes was well done and suggested he had done quite a bit of research on the Krillitanes (limited as it is due to their only singular appearance on television) and the importance of the oil they excrete.
I won't give anything away as I don't want to spoil the story for potential readers, but the location on Earth, the villain, the supporting characters and the Doctor himself make this a worthwhile read - especially at the exceptionally good price offered by Amazon!
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on 3 September 2011
I was really look forward to this book. And I must said that it was disappointment. Premise of the story is great, first chapter is exactly what i was hoping from this book and then it took bad spin. Krillitanes make in more then half of the story just play second fiddle. When they finally take over the book from themself it's almost end of the story.
It was good book, but I was really long looking forward for this and then... well disappointment
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on 28 January 2013
Many layered story this one - a frightened medieval town, mysterious new sheriff and priest, the devil's watchman who strike townsfolk down, alien bounty hunters and another party not revealed until near the end. Satisfyingly, the plot is well woven and it isn't clear who is good or bad, and the backstory to the adventure is complex and interesting but still easy enough to follow. A pleasant read.
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on 15 February 2010
A darn good read, this one. Would make a really great TV episode. At all times, Christoper's characterisation of David Tennant's Doctor is spot on, and he has expanded the Krillitanes to become a really interesting foe. A treat.
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on 11 September 2015
I bought this as it centres around Worcester Cathedral and it's an excellent adventure story, hugely enjoyable. I can visualise David Tennant as the Doctor actually saying the lines in the book.
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