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Good sci-fi romp, a little divorced from Doctor Who
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.