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on 4 December 2017
I loved this book. It sent shivers down my spine at times and made me want to hide behind the sofa. The writer has got David Tennant's doctor to preparation and he has got Martha's spirit and bravery just right.
The book is set in a town known as Blackwood Falls and it is the day before Halloween. The tardis lands and find the town enveloped in a strange green mist, they soon learn a book has been dug up and creatures from the past have been awakened. Strange and magical events happen. Only the Doctor and Martha Jones can save the town, which they manage to do through the Doctor's cleverness. I would recommend this book to all Tenth doctor fan. I will end by quoting The Doctor himself, "by the pricking of my thumb something wicked this way comes".
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on 18 May 2015
Will Thorp gets David Tenants voice to a 'T'.
Very enjoyable.
Great story too.
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on 29 May 2014
Interesting, funny moments and just a good story. Definitely recommend for anyone who loves listening to Dr Who whilst doing the washing up!
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on 10 April 2015
This book was a very interesting book. It was a very good read and I loved it!
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on 23 November 2015
One of my favourites, a great read for any fan
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on 9 May 2015
Excellent condition, I am really happy with it and can't wait to read.
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on 1 March 2015
Got to love a bit of Dr. Who audio :)
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on 18 July 2016
Very happy.
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Top Contributor: Doctor WhoTOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 5 November 2009
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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Top Contributor: Doctor WhoTOP 1000 REVIEWERon 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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