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Doctor Who - The Nightmare of Black Island (New Series Adventure 10) Hardcover – 21 Sep 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; hardcover edition (21 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486503
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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Format: Hardcover
This book is a very entertaining, albeit brief, read, full of the usual quips we are used to from the television series. Mike Tucker has perfectly captured the character of the Doctor and Rose in his novel and rattles along the story at a cracking pace so it very much feels like an episode from the tv show. It has some creepy moments but all in all is perfect for all fans of the show.
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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 25 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
The 4th in BBC Books series of 10th Doctor novels finds the Doctor and Rose confronting nightmarish monsters in a coastal Welsh town and strange goings on in a sinister rest home for the elderly. While the Welsh setting maybe rather over familiar from the current TV series this book is stuffed full of more rampaging monster action than even the television producers could ever afford, and author Mike Tucker does well to inject some classic late 70's style Doctor Who horror atmosphere into the proceedings, making this a book which should be enjoyed by fans old and new alike. One of the best of the BBC Doctor Who novels for younger readers and those young at heart readers looking for a pacy pulp adventure. Good stuff.
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Although i have been a fan of Doctor Who on & off for a long time,i never got around to reading any of the Doctor Who novels until recently (which is unusual for me as i love reading more than tv & movies) but after picking a few of the older (new) Who books up i have to say i'm really enjoying them & enjoyed reading this a lot.I wont go into the story as many other reviews have done that already but i will say that this is as good a place to start as any.4 & a half out of 5.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mike Tucker has written several doctor who novels in the past, but they all featured ace and the seventh doctor. This is his first go at another tardis crew.

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
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD
My title 'The 10th Doctor in a 2nd and 3rd Doctor type Situation' really sums this book up.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Off the coast of Wales outside the village of Ynys Du, the disused lighthouse appears to have some business going on. And in the village, things aren't much better. So when the Doctor and Rose arrive to monsters in the woods, the Doctor's determined to find out what's going on and put a stop to it.

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.
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Ynys Du..an island full of monsters.The Doctor and Rose are thrown into a mystery..The villigers are scared..and dont like strangers.But The Doctor and Rose..promise they can help..They meet Nathaniel Morton and Miss Peyne..and Bronwyn..She takes The Doctor to the lighthouse on Ynys Du..(Black Island)..then the fun really begins...This story is beyond briliant..it gets you gripped from the start..The Doctor and Rose are so spot on..I liked the enemy also..The Cynrog were very creative and I also liked the back story of how their God Balor was created..and how they use the children's nightmares to create a more terrifying version..Bronwyn I really took to also and her sad back story..The ending which involved her was a lovely one and you really felt for her...One of the BEST Doctor Who novels I havd EVER read..and the audio reading of this novel is excellent also read by Anthony Stuart Head..is very much worth a listen also...10/10..Every Doctor Who fan will enjoy this novel as much as I have.
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