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Welcome to Appletown
on 28 July 2013
An original Doctor Who novel. Telling an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory that hasn't appeared before in any other format. This is set somewhere in between the episodes 'Vampires of Venice' and 'The Hungry Earth.'
It runs for two hundred and forty four pages and is divided into nineteen chapters plus a prologue.
The main characters are well captured with dialogue that you can imagine them saying on tv.
The subject matter is suitable for readers of all ages.
The prologue introduces us to two rather different Americans back in the 1970's. A scientist and a soldier.
Then when the first chapter starts the TARDIS brings the Doctor and his friends to a small American town called Appletown, in the early 1980's.
There's clearly something very strange going on there, and more to the inhabitants than meets the eyes. When things start to get out of control and Amy and Rory have to run for their lives, the Doctor needs to save them. Trouble is, his personal time stream has suddenly become rather different...
Although as mentioned the subject matter is suitable for readers of all ages, the plotting here is pretty clever and ratheer complex with it, so some readers might struggle a bit. Particularly with the way that the Doctor's sections fit in with everyone else's. Chapters and scenes will use different viewpoint characters. Sometimes the Doctor. Sometimes Amy and Rory. And sometimes the two Americans. The latter two character's scenes do gradually fill in the back story of what is going on here. Which does end up being quite interesting. The two do become fully rounded and strong characters who are quite good to read about.
Amy and Rory are absent for a lot of the narrative as a result.
Everything does come together quite nicely in the end, though.
The complexities of the structure of the narrative do mean this really is a book you will have to work hard at at times, but it is ultimately rather memorable and worth the effort.