on 25 November 2002
The idea of crossing the world of Doctor Who with that of William Hope Hodgson is an intriguing one, given that Hodgson's habit of treating the supernatural as though it were undiscovered science made him the Edwardian Nigel Kneale. Unfortunately Hodgson's occult detective Carnacki plays no particular role in the plot, and the weird happenings in the story are never explained. Nevertheless, Andrew Cartmel creates some striking images, and his characterisation of the Doctor is as good as one might expect from his past association with the series, so the book is not without rewards. Andy Lane's "All-Consuming Fire", which combines the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who remains the best attempt at this sort of thing.
The book includes an introduction by Mike Ashley about William Hope Hodgson and features one of Hodgson's Carnacki stories (The Whistling Room) as an appendix.