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on 1 October 2012
'Hunter's Moon' takes the idea of rich businessmen and ex-soldiers importing big game animals to hunt but gives it a science fiction twist. Thus we get aliens hunting humans for sport. As such there are connotations with such things as 'The Running Man' and 'Battle Royale' which, despite Doctor Who's wide remit feel a little out of place.

It is a bit hard to buy the Doctor as some type of rich-boy, bounty hunter and the author doesn't doesn't manage to sell this convincingly. Perhaps the almost action-hero persona portrayed in this novel would have been better suited to the Doctor's third incarnation. The Eleventh Doctor just seems a little too easy going and comical to pull off acting the role of a killer.

Rory also has a more action orientated role that is hard to associate with him. In fact, all three series regulars don't quite live up to their TV personas. but the other characters of the book are quite detailed and thought out, especially Harry whose motivations convincingly explain his actions as he develops.

The most impressive element of the novel are the aliens. Whereas quite a few Doctor Who alien races seem to lack individuals within them the Torodon can easily been seen as a fully fledged civilisation. There are gangsters, business men, soldiers and civilians all with their own distinctive characters. This helps to provide a variety of convincing villains.

Overall the novel is a well thought out and concieved work of science fiction, despite lacking a bit of originality. However, if you want a Doctor Who story that matches the current series this is probably not for you.
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VINE VOICEon 25 July 2011
I was very impressed with Hunter's Moon probably because the way the story was told it felt like something like the events described could happen. An ex-policeman, his wife and child are kidnapped and transported to an alien world where they are forced to endure horrific confrontations. The whole concept sent shivers down my spine. The Doctor and his companions seemed surplus to the feelings I had for the kidnapped victims - the Doctor, Amy and Rory always get out of scrapes - but here was a group of humans facing something that could only be experienced in nightmares!
Well done, Paul Finch - love to see this book turned into a tv adventure...or would I? Other authors of Doctor Who novels could learn a lot from Mr Finch...in fact, so could the television production team!
Highly recommended!
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An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new story for the Doctor and friends that hasn't featured in any other medium. This one features the Eleventh Doctor, plus Amy and Rory. It takes place at an unspecified point early in his second tv season.

It runs for two hundred and fifty six pages. It's divided into forty chapters and a prologue.

The book is suitable for readers of all ages. As with all this range, the lead characters are perfectly well recreated for the printed page, with dialogue you can imagine the tv stars saying.

The story is a Doctor Who take on that old tale 'the most dangerous game'. Which has been the inspiration for many movies and tv shows and other literature. That of people being hunted for sport.

In this case the hunt takes place on a dangerous planet. The hunters are aliens. Some of the targets are humans. Not least Rory, who finds himself caught up in the middle of things. Plus Harry Mossop, a former policeman, and his family.

The Doctor and Amy are both working in different ways to save the day, and to stop the hunters...

The initial parts of this do take roughly seventy pages to set the situation up. Where this rates highly is with Harry and his family, as the narrative will often jump back to them before it joins up with the main story. This allows the writing time to make them really strong characters. They're pretty ordinary people. But they are very well written.

As is the rest of this. Amy, the Doctor and Rory all get decent action. The narrative jumping back and forth between them means they all get a good share of it as well. The result is a pacy and engrossing story that never lets up or fails to hold your interest.

It doesn't quite get up to five stars simply because many of the hunters have made up alien names that aren't the easiest to remember, and there are a fair few of them, so they don't stand out quite as much as the hunted characters. But that's the only minor flaw with an excellent entry in this range of books, and one that is well worth reading.
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on 7 July 2014
At over 250 pages and with smaller type than other books in the series this one was a bit more intimidating to start than others but it is easy to get into and keeps you guessing until the main story starts.
The main section takes place on a ruined industrial moon, with lots of different environments and challenges on top of the hunt they are all taking part in.
It is well written, exciting and with some great science fiction (floating discs were my favourite), and an absolute joy to read. I've read all of the new series of Dr Who adventures, and this is in my top two (the Last Dodo is the other). Unlike some recent ones, Amy isn't as annoying, Rory isn't as pathetic and the Doctor isn't quite as smug. The characters reveal alternate sides in the variety of scenes and difficulties, and it stayed interesting to the very end. Hope the series is finding a new vein of slightly more adult themes.
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The Doctor decides to pop in on an old acquaintance on LP9, someone he hasn't seen since his first incarnation. Intending to pop in for a drink and a chat he encourages Amy and Rory to have a look around. It would seem just like a casual time out to relax and enjoy yourself, if things ever went smothly in the Doctor's life.

With Rory managing to gamble and lose the TARDIS, he and the machine are removed from LP9, with Amy in hot pursuit. At the same time on Earth, people are discreetly disappearing, abducted as prey for a deadly game being played on Gorgoron. Will the Doctor ever see his friends, regain the TARDIS, or be able to save anyone - including himself?

In a story full of excitement and adventure, the Doctor is pushed to the limits of his survival and cunning. With Amy forced to wear a skintight cat-suit, this would make a brilliant episode for tv.
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on 22 October 2012
I have started to read Doctor Who novels though I do prefer the t.v series as I do find it hard to picture what is going on sometimes and it can be very hard to keep track of all the characters when you just have the names which is the case with this book as a lot of the names were very similar and got confusing at times when trying to keep track of the characters. Overall I found it a good book though I did get bored at times. I got this as part of a set from WH Smiths which came with Dead of Winter and the way through the woods for £5 and dead of winter is my favourite one yet.
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on 23 October 2013
I have nearly all the main stream Dr Who novels and this one is the absolute best! (and I love them all) It's dark, it's humorous it's the Dr, Any and Rory at their best! It's a shame Amy & Rory are gone now as this would convert into a brilliant film! it's even better than The Dr Trap (my previous favourite)Very much recommend this book!
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on 28 January 2013
I enjoyed this book. It was interesting and the characters were well defined, and where appropriate nasty and evil. Other characters were full of compassion and in the case of Harry demise and dispare.
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on 15 August 2015
What can Tel about this Awsome DrWho Story. The Doctor and this companion go save the world
What think of front cover of cd Doctor and companion stNd out.
The. Story fantastic
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on 5 December 2011
An interesting book, if only for the fact that the writer doesn't seem to have heard of Doctor Who or seen a recent episode. The plot and language would seems to have came from a 19th or early 20th century novel, while the doctor, Rory and Amy are without any of the personality or mannerisms recognisable to their characters.

I can only think this was a story waiting for some vehicle and dr who came along and filled some character slots.

I gave it 2 stars as I really don't like giving anything 1 star.
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