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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849904561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849904568
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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well-written, amusing and Colgan perfectly captures Matt Smith's on-screen delivery in the dialogue., A terrific tale with some surprising twists and turns - more please! 8/10, a great story, told with flair and action to keep the fans glued to the pages.

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The Doctor encounters a ruthless alien force on a remote Scottish island - from the bestselling BBC Books Doctor Who fiction range

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The Doctor likes playing chess. But, how he's alone in the TARDIS, challenging himself to the occasional match is starting to get a little stilted. Time to find an opponent... Landing in the Outer Hebrides in the 12th century, our favourite Time Lord discovers much more than he bargained for - including rampaging vikings, a furious princess on her way to an arranged marriage, local villagers eating pre-cooked turtles, a backstory for the Lewis Chessmen, and an alien life-form which lives, breeds and kills through fire. This isn't going to be the quick stop-off the Doctor first imagined.

JT Colgan (in reality, top romantic comedy author, Jenny Colgan) has written what is one of the most exciting 11th Doctor adventures to date (and I told her so last night, via Twitter!) In Dark Horizons, she captures Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor perfectly, introduces us to some wonderful new characters (Henrik being a particular favourite), and even allows us a glimpse (from a distance) of a holidaying 4th Doctor, Sarah Jane and K9! Add to that quite possibly the most exciting TARDIS sequence you'll ever read (I won't say where it takes place - spoilers, and all that) and you've got a timey-wimey historical romp that will keep you gripped, page after page.

Very highly recommended!
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J. T. Colgan, better known as "chick-lit" author Jenny Colgan, was a surprising choice to pen a "Doctor Who" novel. However, given the fact that new "Who" is as much about Earthling emotions as it is about alien invasions, Colgan is an eminently suitable choice.

Much of her narrative dwells on human relationships, such as that between a widowed chieftain and his rebellious teenage son, and the one that develops between the feisty princess Freydis and the farm-boy-turned-Viking Henrik. However, balancing these interludes are the threat of a fiery extraterrestrial menace and some exciting TARDIS antics both on and beneath the waves. Colgan keeps the reader engaged by switching the action from a Viking longboat to a Scottish island to another Viking ship to a particularly exciting encounter on the seabed.

The tone of the novel is roughly the same as that of the modern television series. There are some gruesome deaths and references to sexuality, but nothing "adult" in an X-rated sort of way, so this book is suitable for all ages. It's not tremendously challenging or earth-shattering, but the author throws in some cool historical details that should interest the "Horrible Histories" generation and older readers alike, such as references to the Lewis Chessmen and the fact that the Vikings had no single, simple word for the colour blue.

The Eleventh Doctor is well characterised as an ancient yet youthful being, child-like and looking for fun, but burdened by responsibility. In a particularly beautiful moment (on page 221), Colgan puts her finger on the reason why the Time Lord lies: "The Doctor paused. He hated lying to children. But not as much as he hated scaring them.
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By S Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2012
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The latest in this seemingly occasional series of hardback 'guest author' Doctor Who books- from authors who are already famous for their non-Whovian novels- is a very welcome treat.

It isn't as much of a departure from the familiar as some of the other books have been- it's more or less on the same level as the BBC Books standard range, with possibly a slightly more adult leaning, but definitely accessible to younger teens. There's very mild horror, but nothing worse than you've seen in the TV series.

It's a nicely evocative windswept Viking story, not dwelling too much on the traditional 'horned helmets' images (yes, I know they didn't) and instead portraying a strong image of primitive isolated people struggling to survive in wild Northern landscapes. There's also a thick sense of humour running through things, for example in the brief addition of farm boy Henrik as a 'companion' in the conventional Who sense, one who is rather underwhelmed by the Doctor's un-seaworthy TARDIS.

The story overall doesn't break any particularly new ground- we've seen pretty much all the constituent parts of it in other Who stories- but it rattles along very nicely and entertainingly, with a couple of neat twists that keep you reading.

So while there's nothing revolutionary here, this is nevertheless an excellent addition to the 'slightly more grown up' side of the Who range.
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Quite dark in places for D W (I'm a firm believer that it should be a kids show first and foremost - hence 4 stars), but a good story.

Really beautiful reading by 'Madame Vastra' (if you like stories read by cast members, I also recommend; "Hunter's Moon", "Devil In The Smoke" and "Angel's Kiss"). Neve McIntosh's voice almost reminds me of Harriet Walter, in its tunefulness and youth.

But if you like a good yarn, do give it a whirl - I reckon you'll like it. Recommended.
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By Stuart Burns VINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2012
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Vikings. If there's one great untapped human sub-culture in Who history, it's Vikings, as though since The Time Meddler somewhat covered their contemporary history and The Curse of Fenric somewhat their legacy, they've been thought best left alone which is a fifty year long mistake because who doesn't love Vikings? Well, the peoples they marauded and pillaged of course but as the underrated versus astronauts film Outlander (featuring Sophia Myles) demonstrated there's long boats full of mileage in showing these relatively primitive beard growers in an exciting adventure with aliens. Add to the list J.T. (Jenny) Colgan's Dark Horizons.

As the author herself described to this very blog, Colgan's approaches Vikings through the mystery of the Lewis Chess men, who created them and their purpose. The Doctor bumps into these beautifully carved objects whilst travelling alone and searching for someone to have a game with. He pitches up in primitive Scotland in the middle of a Viking attack, which is quickly overcome with flames, a St Elmos Fire which almost destroys both attackers and attackees, generated by an alien force that typically the Time Lord finds utterly beautiful but can't be reasoned with (not unlike some of his companions).

In other words, it's a kind of celebrity historical with an important artefact in place of Alexander Graham Bell or some such, though the chess set really is more of a jumping of point. The real interest is in Freydis, a kidnapped princess and one of the islanders, her captor Henrik, who're the Doctor's temporary companions, providing an analogue of Amy and Rory's rapport, she with the acerbic temper, he the streak of nobility.
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