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Cold, Cold Heart,
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Deviant Strain (New Series Adventure 4) (Hardcover)
In an out-of-the-way village / facility / community in a forgotten part of Russia, a small group of people struggle to survive against the hostile elements and something hidden, something even more hostile. An abandoned dock holds decommissioned nuclear submarines and something other, something old and alive. Soon after the arrival of the Doctor and his friends, nightmarish creatures begin to roam the area, leeching away the life force of the humans unlucky enough to get in their way.
This is Justin Richards' second novel to feature the Ninth Doctor and Rose, now joined by Captain Jack. As before, he has cleverly captured the characters and mode of speech of the actors without simply repeating televised dialogue.
I must admit that I am not a big fan of the Doctor Who original fiction, although I am a life-long fan of the TV series. Not for the first time with these novels, I found that the original suspense of wondering what is behind the events is not translated into excitement once the threat is revealed and being dealt with. Nevertheless, Richards is adept at keeping the tension level high, putting characters into danger from which not all of them will escape, but I felt that there was too much running around.
In short, a good evening's read, but not something that will stay with the reader forever.