Doctor Who - The Nightmare of Black Island (New Series Adventure 10) Hardcover – 21 Sep 2006
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Aliens plot to resurrect an ancient evil in this gripping sci-fi adventure from the BBC Books Doctor Who fiction range
About the Author
Mike Tucker is a visual effects designer, who, after 20 years at the BBC, now runs his own company - The Model Unit - out of Ealing Studios. He has worked as an effects assistant on the original series of 'Dr Who' and has been the Miniature Effects Supervisor on the first two seasons of the new series, overseeing the team responsible for (amongst other things) the destruction of Big Ben, the Daleks (and their Emperor) and K-9. His previous books for the BBC have mostly been written with long time colleague Robert Perry and have all revolved around the characters of the seventh Doctor and Ace.
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You know what you're going to get with this range of books. They're not going to be great literature or novels in their own right, they are going to be a doctor who story on the printed page that could - if the BBC would increase the budget - be done on the TV screen. And they will stand or fail on how well the writer depicts the tardis crew.
The second batch of ninth doctor books were helped by the writers having seen the doctor in action on the tv screen, given that the first were written before they'd had a chance to. The same seems to have been true with the tenth doctor. And thus, having seen what he's like, the writer does capture the character very well. The same is true of rose.
The plot is a curious beast. Starting out with a wonderfully scary encounter between a rain soaked fisherman and a monster, and giving us spooky chases through dark woods and villages full of frightened people, it doesn't quite make the most of all of this. And indeed not a lot of the book actually takes place on black island!
But for every part of the plot that feels over familiar, there are bits that are quite clever and fresh.
So this isn't a great piece of literature, but it's a good solid bit of literary doctor who, and generally worth your time
Mike Tucker has taken the idea of a modern day resort plagued by Monsters at Night.
The locals do not seem to be keen to solve the problem or figure out why the monsters are appearing- could it be something to do with the monsters only appearing when the children go to sleep.
All the ingredients of a 'bottle' TV series are here- the strange house filled with a mysterious and sinister surgeon and his creepy looking staff -the black island with the abandoned lighthouse- sinister tunnels and aliens hiding in human form.
yes we have seen it 100s of times before but it is still entertaining never the less.
Anthony Head narrates the story which rattles along at a decent speed and the two Cds worth of 2 hours and 30 minutes is done justice to well.
Not as good as the Big Finish Productions which are dramatized but an entertaining listen if you can get it at a decent reduced price.
This story features the Tenth Doctor (as played by David Tennant) and his companion Rose (played by Billie Piper). The story is a good blend of monsters-under-the-bed, haunted rectories, aliens and old village secrets. The Doctor and Rose are pulled into the middle of a mystery that they unwittingly become part of. The action is well-paced, and the characters are well drawn. All round good Doctor Who story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anthony head is superb. Love alle the different voices and accents. :)
And i really like the story.
Want more. :)
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On a lonely stretch of Welsh coastline a fisherman is killed by a hideous creature from beneath the waves. Read morePublished on 15 April 2013 by kk
This is a great story, very well read. It's one I will listen to many times.Published on 1 Mar. 2010 by Mrs. M. Massey