Doctor Who: Shining Darkness Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008
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"a solid plot and a perilous scavenger hunt help us to care about the Doctor and his friends. So too does narrator Debbie Chazen... Her regional accent resonates in human and robot characters alike, but she gets the inflections of David Tennant (the Doctor) and Catherine Tate (Donna) just right." (Nick Smith www.denofgeek.com) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The Doctor and Donna must avert an intergalactic battle between humans and machines - from the bestselling BBC Books series of Doctor Who novelsSee all Product Description
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`Shining Darkness' presents Doctor Who at it's most `sci-fi', right from the start plunging us into a galaxy far removed from our own. The central theme of this book revolves around robots - or `mechanicals' as they are also known in this book - presenting on one hand the obvious typical sci-fi techy stuff involving them, while equally developing a strong moral message which becomes the backbone to this story.
With the Doctor and Donna separated early on, we follow two groups - one of them strongly anti-machines, the other group opposed to them trying to uncover their sinister plan and stop them. It's not long before we are swept off into a frantic planet-hopping scramble as the classic `collecting all the pieces of an artefact' storyline is expanded into an epic scale.
With it's various planets and spaceship chases/battles, this book has the feel of a Hollywood action thriller, a full on space opera that moves along at a fantastic pace. One thing that is so good about the Doctor Who novels is that they are free from the budget constraints of the TV show and this is no better demonstrated than here, especially in the epic finale.
The Doctor and Donna are excellently characterised, free from the overuse of personality cliché's copied from TV series that sometimes afflicts the New Series Adventures books. That said, this book isn't entirely free of cliché's as the `comedy robot duo' archetype crops up halfway through the book. The majority of the book's various protagonists are interesting and well-developed though and all in all, everything in this book comes together fantastically - definitely worth a read if you are a Who fan.
This is a great Tenth Doctor novel. The Doctor, as he would have been played by David Tennant, is perfectly written in this novel. I’ve found a lot of the Tenth Doctor novels have captured Tennant’s characterisation very well; he seems to be very well novelised, which is a great thing. Donna, as played by Catherine Tate, is also very well written in this novel. Her strongly individual twenty-first century Earth attitude is a great foil for the Doctor, and together they are more than a match for any trouble they find in this galaxy or any other. There is quite a lot of the story where they are separated, and both Donna and the Doctor are very well able to carry the narrative by their own actions. But the bond between them is ever present, and the narrative unfolds very successfully to a joint effort to put the world to rights. Definitely recommended.
Michalowski injects new life into well-worn sci-fi themes such as: Man versus machine, the sentience of robots, and the deification of unwitting humans who arrive unexpectedly on alien worlds.
The story suffers initially from the cramming-in of too many characters, and consequently the first few chapters are somewhat muddled. Fortunately, as the book progresses the tale becomes sparer and more focused, resulting in a darkly humorous adventure which sees the time-traveller and his companion quickly separated, and individually become involved with two factions who both seek to uncover the secrets behind the eponymous `Cult of Shining Darkness'.
There are moments of Douglas Adams-esque whimsy throughout the book, most notably in the facetious depiction of the fickle `Jaftee' who treat gods like fashions, and Donna's hilarious self-styling as `The Ginger Goddess'; a cunning ruse to escape The Jaftee - and one which promptly backfires.
I have found the pairing of The Doctor and Donna to be the one that works best on TV and in the novels it is just the same. The trick of separating the pair early on works well, just as in the previous novel in the range: `The Doctor Trap'. The book also works well on many levels and could be enjoyed by both young and old; diehard fan and casual reader. This is the key to the success of the parent series Doctor Who as well as its spin-off `The Sarah-Jane Adventures'; as long as the writers continue to bear this in mind and write accordingly, the possibilities are endless...
The audiobook, read by Debbie Chazen (Foon Van Hoff in 2007 Christmas special 'Voyage of the Damned'), retains much of the novel's charm - despite being abridged - but still works better as a book than a CD.
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Great story with the Doctor and Donna. Storyline is funny, fast paced and interesting characters. Would have made a good tv episode.Published 12 months ago by Miss Rachel Sylvester
A very Good Doctor who novel. It wasn't like most mainstream doctor who stories. it was an adventure comparable to treasure planet. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2013 by harry saunders
It's an old library book, with muddy pages, and a ripped one. How is that "very good"?
Even given the cheap price I'm still not to happy with it.
This book seemed to step outside the ongoing series by its monsters, tone and depth. There are no monsters ravaging a small area, but a clash in a distant galaxy between two groups... Read morePublished on 7 Sept. 2011 by Mr. M. Jones
Book arrived on time and in excellent condition.
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