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on 6 November 2013
An original Doctor Who novel. Which tells an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory, never before presented in any other format.
It runs for two hundred and forty three pages. It's divided into a prologue and eighteen chapters. As usual with this range, it is suitable for readers of all ages. And the three leads are perfectly characterised, with dialogue you can imagine them saying on tv.
The story is set during the Eleventh Doctor's first tv season. Somewhere just past the middle.
The prologue details how a young girl once encountered the Doctor. And the result. You could be forgiven for thinking this is another re-telling of his first meeting with Amy. But there's the feeling that there is more to it than that.
After this, the TARDIS crew don't appear till gone page forty. As we get scenes involving alien spaceships and other aliens who are hunting them. Ancient Britons. Then a well characterised moment featuring a world war one veteran and his lady love finding something terrible in the countryside.
When the TARDIS finally arrives, it's in Britain in 1936. There's an archaeological dig near a manor house. A man who lives at the latter has been traumatised and warns of someone coming. Plus one of the servants seems to have their own agenda.
Why has the TARDIS brought the Doctor here?
And what lurks beneath the mound?
The pre Doctor pages are enough to keep you hooked. And then this does get rather good. It does take a while for events to really kick in, and spends a long time building setting. But the setting feels very convincingly like the period it's supposed to be. Events do then happen at just the right point to keep the plot moving along. The first glimpse the reader gets of something alien is a wholly original creation.
Everything does come together in time for it to all come to a head in the last fifty or so pages. There are a few surprises before this that you might not see coming. And said final fifty or so pages actually manage to do some things a little different to usual for this range.
A very involving read and a well above average release. Well worth a look.