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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905671
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Book Description

The Doctor and Amy go undercover to infiltrate a deadly contest and defeat a brutal crime lord

About the Author

Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist. He first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the TV crime drama The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of children's animation. However, he is probably best known for his work in fantasy and horror. His first collection, Aftershocks, won the British Fantasy Award in 2002, while he won the award again in 2007 for his novella, Kid. Later in 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for The Old North Road. He has written two Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish - Leviathan and Sentinels of the New Dawn. Paul lives in Lancashire, with his wife and his children.


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'Hunter's Moon' takes the idea of rich businessmen and ex-soldiers importing big game animals to hunt but gives it a science fiction twist. Thus we get aliens hunting humans for sport. As such there are connotations with such things as 'The Running Man' and 'Battle Royale' which, despite Doctor Who's wide remit feel a little out of place.

It is a bit hard to buy the Doctor as some type of rich-boy, bounty hunter and the author doesn't doesn't manage to sell this convincingly. Perhaps the almost action-hero persona portrayed in this novel would have been better suited to the Doctor's third incarnation. The Eleventh Doctor just seems a little too easy going and comical to pull off acting the role of a killer.

Rory also has a more action orientated role that is hard to associate with him. In fact, all three series regulars don't quite live up to their TV personas. but the other characters of the book are quite detailed and thought out, especially Harry whose motivations convincingly explain his actions as he develops.

The most impressive element of the novel are the aliens. Whereas quite a few Doctor Who alien races seem to lack individuals within them the Torodon can easily been seen as a fully fledged civilisation. There are gangsters, business men, soldiers and civilians all with their own distinctive characters. This helps to provide a variety of convincing villains.

Overall the novel is a well thought out and concieved work of science fiction, despite lacking a bit of originality. However, if you want a Doctor Who story that matches the current series this is probably not for you.
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By Bryan VINE VOICE on 25 July 2011
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I was very impressed with Hunter's Moon probably because the way the story was told it felt like something like the events described could happen. An ex-policeman, his wife and child are kidnapped and transported to an alien world where they are forced to endure horrific confrontations. The whole concept sent shivers down my spine. The Doctor and his companions seemed surplus to the feelings I had for the kidnapped victims - the Doctor, Amy and Rory always get out of scrapes - but here was a group of humans facing something that could only be experienced in nightmares!
Well done, Paul Finch - love to see this book turned into a tv adventure...or would I? Other authors of Doctor Who novels could learn a lot from Mr Finch...in fact, so could the television production team!
Highly recommended!
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2014
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An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new story for the Doctor and friends that hasn't featured in any other medium. This one features the Eleventh Doctor, plus Amy and Rory. It takes place at an unspecified point early in his second tv season.

It runs for two hundred and fifty six pages. It's divided into forty chapters and a prologue.

The book is suitable for readers of all ages. As with all this range, the lead characters are perfectly well recreated for the printed page, with dialogue you can imagine the tv stars saying.

The story is a Doctor Who take on that old tale 'the most dangerous game'. Which has been the inspiration for many movies and tv shows and other literature. That of people being hunted for sport.

In this case the hunt takes place on a dangerous planet. The hunters are aliens. Some of the targets are humans. Not least Rory, who finds himself caught up in the middle of things. Plus Harry Mossop, a former policeman, and his family.

The Doctor and Amy are both working in different ways to save the day, and to stop the hunters...

The initial parts of this do take roughly seventy pages to set the situation up. Where this rates highly is with Harry and his family, as the narrative will often jump back to them before it joins up with the main story. This allows the writing time to make them really strong characters. They're pretty ordinary people. But they are very well written.

As is the rest of this. Amy, the Doctor and Rory all get decent action. The narrative jumping back and forth between them means they all get a good share of it as well. The result is a pacy and engrossing story that never lets up or fails to hold your interest.
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At over 250 pages and with smaller type than other books in the series this one was a bit more intimidating to start than others but it is easy to get into and keeps you guessing until the main story starts.
The main section takes place on a ruined industrial moon, with lots of different environments and challenges on top of the hunt they are all taking part in.
It is well written, exciting and with some great science fiction (floating discs were my favourite), and an absolute joy to read. I've read all of the new series of Dr Who adventures, and this is in my top two (the Last Dodo is the other). Unlike some recent ones, Amy isn't as annoying, Rory isn't as pathetic and the Doctor isn't quite as smug. The characters reveal alternate sides in the variety of scenes and difficulties, and it stayed interesting to the very end. Hope the series is finding a new vein of slightly more adult themes.
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