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on 13 July 2016
Martha and the Doctor visit a small New England town during the Halloween festivities. All is not well in the town of Blackwood Falls, however. There have been strange occurrences during the preparations and an eerie green mist has descended over everything. It soon becomes apparent that the Doctor is not the only alien in Blackwood Falls.

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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on 19 April 2013
It is almost Halloween in the sleepy New England town of Blackwood Falls. Autumn leaves litter lawns and sidewalks, paper skeletons hang in windows, and carved pumpkins leer from stoops and front porches.

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.
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A novel featuring the tenth doctor who and his companion martha jones. As ever with this range it's an all new story that runs for 244 pages, and it's designed to be read by readers of all ages. And the two main characters are perfectly captured by the writing, with dialogue that you can imagine them saying on screen.

The story of this one involves the doctor and martha visiting a small town in america at halloween time. Just as the discovery of a strange old book sparks a series of bizarre and scary happenings. There's something strange happening in the town. Aided by some local teenagers and an eccentric old woman the tardis crew have to find out what, or the whole planet Earth will be in danger...

This one does get going right from the off, thanks to a long prologue in which neither the doctor or martha appear, and then it keeps things moving along nicely afterwards with some very good set pieces. But the ultimate explanation for what's going on here isn't anything desperately new or excitingly original. So as a doctor who story it's nothing exceptional, but as a scary story for halloween it's not bad. Although some of the set pieces and one rather gruesome moment may not be entirely suitable for some younger readers.

A decent entry in this range of books, but not quite a standout
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on 11 October 2014
Brilliiant little story this one..It sees The Doctor and Martha land in the small american town of Blackward Falls on Halloween.I loved the charactrisation..Etta Helligan and Earl Clayton were excellent..The Hervoken were such a good enemy..and the references to The Caronites from The Shakespeare Code were a added bonus to this story..The story really gets you gripped..and as with others the dialouge is beilevable and you can,as you read hear David Tennant and Freema Agarman saying it.The ending was not predictable and you are willing The Doctor and Martha to win..The story is an all round perfect one and a must for all Doctor Who fans..10/10..Enjoy.
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VINE VOICEon 26 August 2011
In the New England small town of Blackwood Falls the Doctor and Martha emerge out of an eerie mist, a strange book has been dug up from among the roots of an creepy black skeletal tree and a slumbering menace has awakened. Think Sleepy Hollow with aliens: the Hervokan. They are an ancient race whose science of gestures, psychic connection, ability to bring to life inanimate objects and take over minds looks to human eyes like black magic. With their giantlike spindly figures and jack o lantern style heads these monsters have been the inspiration of much of the celebrated horrors of Hallowe'en. The Doctor and Martha must fight to save themselves and the townspeople of Blackwood Falls. A nice length story, two cds read by Will Thorp, who Dr Who addicts will recognise as Tony Zed from The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit story arc.
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on 31 January 2008
This is a Really good book to read. It one of them books you can not put down and you have to read the next chapter!

And it all starts from a book which they find under a tree whats happens you will have to get the book and read it!
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on 6 November 2008
It's the day before Halloween in the small New England town of Blackwood Falls. Every home is decorated with jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and goblins; the children are choosing their costumes from Tozier's Costume Emporium, and the adults are making the final preparations for the town's annual Halloween Carnival. But Halloween in Blackwood Falls will be anything but ordinary this year...

Rick Pirelli and his best friends Thad and Scott love Halloween. Before they head off to pick up their costumes, they notice an eerie green glow coming from the base of a tree in Rick's backyard. The tree, with bark as black as pitch, gave the town of Blackwood Falls its name. The boys unearth an ancient book filled with strange symbols, and unwittingly set into motion a chain of events that will endanger the entire town.

The Doctor and Martha arrive just as an ominous green mist descends upon Blackwood Falls. The mist seems to be coming from the exact spot where the boys found the strange book. The unnatural fog soon has people in the town feeling uneasy, and the Doctor notes that it seems to be feeding off people's deepest fears. When monstrous creatures called Hervoken begin attacking residents of Blackwood Falls, the Doctor and Martha are the town's only hope. Can they stop the growing threat before it's too late?

This is one of my favorite Doctor Who novels. Mark Morris did an excellent job in capturing the spirit of the television show while still making the story his own. The Doctor and Martha are portrayed very well, and there are a lot of fun references to past adventures. Forever Autumn is a great Halloween read for any Doctor Who fan.
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VINE VOICEon 23 November 2007
In this 16th new series novel the 10th Doctor and Martha land in modern-day America, and find that the horrors of Halloween are being turned into reality by the uncovery of an alien book by three children.

Halloween is an appropriately spooky festival for Doctor Who to play with, and this novel features some pleasantly outlandish monsters, but at it's heart this is a rather generic storyline featuring another group of aliens and their crashed space-ship, and the denoument is similarly standard fare that long-term fans will recognise from numerous adventures in the past.

Younger readers (who, let's face it, are the novels target audience) will find this a pleasantly spooky read, but older readers may well find that beyond a few surface scares 'Forever Autumn' doesn't really have anything new to offer beyond being a variation on old ideas.

As a television episode this story would succeed or fail on the strength of the monster special effects, as a novel 'Forever Autumn' is professional but slightly bland fare.
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on 2 December 2008
Let me say this first: I love these Doctor Who books.
... Right, so now you know my bias, here's my review.

Forever Autumn is a fun read that will keep you hooked. I bought this and another two titles in the series in the airport to read on the plane this summer. However, I couldn't put it down. Even though the plot is not as intelligent as some of the other books in the series, the story is far from bland. With twists and turns encountered by the characters, it will keep you (and your children) hooked.
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on 7 April 2010
Entertaining addition to the Doctor Who series. The monsters are novel and definitely alien - in attitude and tactics as well as looks - which makes a pleasant change to the sort that are outwardly alien but always think and speak like humans. The tension is kept well and the action sequences are easy to follow which can't always be said of this series.
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