Doctor Who - Forever Autumn (New Series Adventure 16) Hardcover – 6 Sep 2007
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"enjoyable romp...Morris' prose is as light on its feet as David Tennant himself, the Tenth Doctor's infectious energy driving the story forward with whip-smart dialogue and kinetic plotting. Great fun" (SFX Magazine)
It's no ordinary Halloween in Blackwood Falls – a chilling time travel adventure from the bestselling Doctor Who fiction seriesSee all Product description
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This book features the Tenth Doctor (as portrayed by David Tennant) and his companion Martha. The story is a very `visual' one - you can envisage it playing out on the small screen extremely clearly, which is a mark of a good Doctor Who story, to my thinking. The writer has taken well-established characters of the Doctor and Martha and placed them in a well-established environment (that of Halloween in small town USA), and then filled that space with weird, creepy, horrible and wonderful ... well, that would be telling.
This is a great story, an easy read but an enjoyable one, and a really good Tenth Doctor and Martha story - I enjoy the relationship these two have, and the rapport shows through well in this story.
The Doctor and Martha soon discover that something long-dormant has awoken in the town, and this will be no ordinary Halloween. What is the secret of the ancient chestnut tree and the mysterious book discovered tangled in its roots? What rises from the local churchyard in the dead of night, sealing up the lips of the only witness? And why are the harmless trappings of Halloween suddenly taking on a creepy new life of their own?
As nightmarish creatures prowl the streets, the Doctor and Martha must battle to prevent both the townspeople and themselves from suffering a grisly fate...
Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit sci-fi series from BBC Television.
This book is basically the sort of thing you would expect if Doctor Who were to do a Halloween special. It could easily have deteriorated into something fairly tacky but, fortunately, the author has done a pretty good job with the usual Halloween material. All the general clichés you might expect from a Halloween romp are present. The aliens bear more than a passing resemblance to jack-o-lanterns, there’s the stereotypical evil clown, a dense mist, bodily possession and various attacks by bats, cats and skeletons. On top of this there is group of teenagers exploring the mysterious happenings; fortunately without being irritating.
Everything has a science fiction vent though even though the novel plays plenty of homage to the horror genre. The Necris, for example, is clearly inspired from the Necronomicon concept of Lovecraft. Although there is a science fiction reason for its existence and power.
However, even though the Doctor keeps referring to the Hervoken’s magic as science that we don’t comprehend it is a bit of a stretch. They do seem to be exhibiting powers with all the hallmarks associated with ‘black magic’ rather than utilising technology.
The assumption is that their technology is something similar to the semi-mystical ‘science’ of the Carrionites (although there is a certain level of similarity with the organic like technology of the Zygons). Indeed the Carrionites are mentioned several times in an effort to associate them in some way with the Hervoken. Both species seem to be part of that rather vague grouping of elder races that once ravaged the universe (which emphasises the Lovecraftian link as it is effectively the Necris book that summons the Hervokan from beneath ground).
The Hervoken themselves are reasonable monsters. There isn’t, perhaps, a great deal of potential for being re-used but they work remarkably well within the context of this particular novel and its settings.
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