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Heart of darkness,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Wooden Heart (New Series Adventure 15) (Hardcover)
Another novel in the bbc books range of doctor who stories, this one featuring the tenth doctor as played by david tennant, and his new companion martha jones.
The first batch of novels of each year have always faced the problem of writing for a new character - new doctors last two times and a new companion this time - who hasn't yet been seen on screen at the time of writing. In this case, writer martin day captures martha as a character pretty well. We are privy to a lot of her thoughts at first, and less as the book goes on, but this works fine and her dialogue, although perhaps not that different from rose at times, feels in keeping with the character based on what we've seen of her on television.
Plot wise, the tardis crew arrive on a deserted spaceship, and find a forest has suddenly appeared and is blocking their route back to the tardis. Their attempts to find what is going on lead to a page turning read. It's an intriguing mystery plot and I really wanted to know how it was going to turn out. The various supporting characters who appear in due course are quite well drawn. And the plot does bring in various issues of morality, which may go over the head of some younger readers, but are well handled and do make you think about them. And that's how it should be, rather than force the writer's opinion on the reader.
The resolution of the mystery doesn't hold too many surprises, but it was a good read getting there. A very strong entry in the range