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4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1 out of 5 stars

on 10 April 2015
I read this book with my mum and it is my ( joint with touched by an angel) favourite Doctor who book.
Also Trevor Baxendale has made the doctor very funny. Also Trevor used very good words to describe the scenes and the monster so I could picture it in my head easily. I absolutely loved this book.
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on 28 June 2017
Fast delivery and quality product will go to this seller again a joy to listen to
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on 4 January 2008
Another good addition to the series of Doctor Who tie-in novels. The central mystery of the story is gripping and plays out well, keeping the reader intruiged. The supporting characters are well-drawn and, above all, the characterisation of the Doctor and Martha is good. Elements of the denouement are perhaps a little reminiscent of similar events in other recent Doctor Who novels such as Wetworld and The Feast of the Drowned but overall the story idea is interesting and well written. Overall, a very enjoyable read.
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A Doctor who novel featuring the tenth doctor and his companion martha. As with all this range it tells a story not seen on tv. Runs for roughly 240 pages. And the characterisation of the doctor and companion is very good and you can imagine the actors saying all the dialogue as it fits their characters fine.

The story sees the doctor and martha visting a small village somewhere in britain. The locals are trying to attract more tourists. But pretty much the only interesting thing there is an old wishing well. Legend has it that there's buried treasure at the bottom of the well.

But as the doctor soon finds out, what's down there is something else entirely, and a danger to the whole world...

This gets off to a pacy start by introducing you at first to a group of men who are hunting for the treasure. It then shows you how one of them is under a strange influence. The pace continues nicely after that because it doesn't have to set the danger up, it allows the characters to investigate the situation and you keep turning the pages eager to see what they will find. The whole reveal is very well paced. And the villagers are a well written bunch of characters all of whom do have some depth.

But about two thirds in, once what's down the well is released, it becomes very predictable. The menace and how it's dealt are absolutely nothing we haven't seen before in this range.

Whilst the last third of the book is very average, the quality of the first two are enough to rate this slightly higher than average.
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on 13 October 2016
The Tardis dematerialises in a small English village as Martha and the Doctor embark upon a quest for a traditional cream tea. But, typically enough, instead of finding scones cream and jam they find aliens, treasure and marmalade.

The plot of an ancient monster buried underground for years being resurrected isn’t that uncommon and ‘Wishing Well’ doesn’t really offer anything not seen in Doctor Who before. However, using a small, somewhat, parochial, village as a locale allows the author to tap into several elements that have often been successful in Doctor Who. Having the action revolve around the village green (where the eponymous well is situated), the local pub and the typical manor house and accompanying estate is also reminiscent of a few onscreen adventures.

There’s a relatively small cast of characters but this works quite well within the confines of the plot. Henry Gaskin is the local ‘lord of the manor’ who thinks he ‘owns’ the village whereas octogenarians Angela and Sadie appear to be the local busybodies who seem to be under the impression that they own the village. Meanwhile three recently graduated students are attempting to find the hidden treasure that legend claims was deposited there by a panicked highwayman as he fled the authorities.

Much like the story overall the Vurosis isn’t that original in that it bears quite a few similarities to Krynoids or the Weed Creature from ‘Fury From the Deep’. It isn’t that easy though to instil vegetable based monsters with character so utilising the same techniques to get around this is expected. It isn’t a particularly memorable alien but it serves its purpose more than adequately.

The novel would probably be a bit more effective if there was more of a scare factor instilled in it. They nature of the story certainly lends itself to being more eerie and atmospheric than it is but it is written more with a tendency to being amusing.

Even though it isn’t the most original story and, at times, seems a tad formulaic, it does what it does quite successfully and it is a fairly entertaining story.
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on 14 October 2014
Loved this story..It sees The Doctor and Martha visit the little village of Creighton Mere..but this village has secrets.Three college students..lead by Nigel Carson..are attempting to find treasure in a cave leading up to the village well..but Nigel is in possession of somthing far more dangerious than treasure...As the story goes on The Doctor finds something nasty down the well..an alien called The Vurosis.similar in many ways to A Krynoid..a very nasty intergalatic weed..The story moves at a nice fast pace..with some great one liners for The Doctor..You can feel the energy of The Doctor and Martha coming out at you..Even The Doctor is taken aback of the size and power of The Vurosis..They make some good friends in the village...There is a part of the story where you think that The Doctor has met his match..but the ending is spectacular and the matter of the treasure is explanded also..Any Doctor Who fan should add this excellent novel to thier collection..I highly recommend it..10/10..
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on 4 August 2010
After reading reviews I was a bit apprehensive about this, but I was pleasantly surprised. The first three quarters build up nicely, with an English village with toffs, madmen, restoration committees, family feuds and battered landrovers, together with some mysterious goings on in a tunnel and legends around the well. The characters are few, varied and interesting and the mystery about the inevitable monster builds nicely. Once the monster is revealed it goes into more usual territory for this series of running away, then confronting and attempts to outwit. Some of the better points form earlier, such as the developing relationships, get abandoned in the action. This is disappointing but I rather liked the monster. It is proper alien in looks, attitude and habits, and you don't even get to see all of it. The physics involved in the transmutation were a bit outlandish, but overall the book is one of the better ones in the series.
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on 20 April 2008
the book flowed well and was well detailed in description but i found the 'monster in the well' to be dull and pretty uneventful - comparing it to other doctor who books that kept you gripped, the ending for me was a bit predictable - sorry!
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VINE VOICEon 8 April 2008
The 10th Doctor and Martha find themselves up against an alien weed creature that is hidden beneath an ancient well in this BBC Books novel. 'Wishing Well' has some nice characterisation, a dash of humour, and some pleasantly creepy moments - the only downside is the complete lack of any original ideas, with the novel coming over as a rather generic 'alien monster of the week'.

Well written (pun not intended) but uninspired, 'Wishing Well' will certainly entertain anyone looking for a dose of the Doctor for a two or three hours, but this is a novel that will be forgotten within an hour of turning the last page.
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on 19 April 2013
The old village well is just a curiosity - something to attract tourists intrigued by stories of lost treasure, or visitors just making a wish. Unless something alien and terrifying could be lurking inside the well? Something utterly monstrous that causes nothing but death and destruction?

But who knows the real truth about the well? Who wishes to unleash the hideous force it contains? What terrible consequences will follow the search for a legendary treasure hidden at the bottom?

No one wants to believe the Doctor's warnings about the deadly horror lying in wait - but soon they'll wish they had...

Featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit sci-fi series from BBC Television.
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