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From the Earth to the Moon
on 10 March 2013
A Doctor Who novel which tells an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor and Amy. As with all this range it runs for just under two hundred and fifty pages. It's divided into a prologue and twenty five chapters, and is suitable for readers of all ages.
The characters of the Doctor and Amy are perfectly well captured in prose and you can imagine the two actors saying all the dialogue. This was one of the very first batch of Eleventh Doctor novels and it was written before his first episode had aired on TV, so we can see, especially with the benefits of hindsight, how well the writer did with the characters. Karen Gillan and Matt Smith do look so very young in the cover photo.
The story sees strange things happen in the middle of an ordinary British setting. A man dies of asphyxiation in the middle of a park. An astronaut appears from out of nowhere. A woman is found dead in a crater on the moon.
The Doctor and Amy then arrive on the scene. Their investigations lead to the secret history of the American Space Programme. And a deadly threat to all life on Earth.
This ones gets off to a very good start, thanks to the familiar setting. Good characterisation of both the Doctor and Amy and the original characters created for the story, and having a very intriguing mystery to keep you hooked.
But that doesn't last long enough. It swiftly gets into slightly more familiar Doctor Who territory, with a rather typical cast of soldiers and scientists.
The threat of the story does echo certain classic stories of the show's years gone past. It's also very sinister at times and scary with it. But there are parts where it doesn't really hold the attention, and does just feel a bit too familiar. It does come together for a decent enough finale, though.
A very capable read and a perfectly decent book for what it is. But there are stronger Eleventh Doctor novels out there.