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on 19 July 2012
The Doctor likes playing chess. But, how he's alone in the TARDIS, challenging himself to the occasional match is starting to get a little stilted. Time to find an opponent... Landing in the Outer Hebrides in the 12th century, our favourite Time Lord discovers much more than he bargained for - including rampaging vikings, a furious princess on her way to an arranged marriage, local villagers eating pre-cooked turtles, a backstory for the Lewis Chessmen, and an alien life-form which lives, breeds and kills through fire. This isn't going to be the quick stop-off the Doctor first imagined.

JT Colgan (in reality, top romantic comedy author, Jenny Colgan) has written what is one of the most exciting 11th Doctor adventures to date (and I told her so last night, via Twitter!) In Dark Horizons, she captures Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor perfectly, introduces us to some wonderful new characters (Henrik being a particular favourite), and even allows us a glimpse (from a distance) of a holidaying 4th Doctor, Sarah Jane and K9! Add to that quite possibly the most exciting TARDIS sequence you'll ever read (I won't say where it takes place - spoilers, and all that) and you've got a timey-wimey historical romp that will keep you gripped, page after page.

Very highly recommended!
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on 3 February 2016
Quite dark in places for D W (I'm a firm believer that it should be a kids show first and foremost - hence 4 stars), but a good story.

Really beautiful reading by 'Madame Vastra' (if you like stories read by cast members, I also recommend; "Hunter's Moon", "Devil In The Smoke" and "Angel's Kiss"). Neve McIntosh's voice almost reminds me of Harriet Walter, in its tunefulness and youth.

But if you like a good yarn, do give it a whirl - I reckon you'll like it. Recommended.
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on 12 July 2012
Jenny Colgan captures the voice of Matt Smith perfectly, with his scatty nature carried across so well. The surrounding cast of characters are well-rounded and each has their own story that reach natural conclusions. Much like the show, the story rockets along, with a credible threat that (minor SPOILER) is initially viewed as magic, but is actually science, much like the classic series.
I look forward to the possibility that Jenny will be invited back to write for the book series again.
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on 9 September 2017
The 11th doctor on is own in a viking adventure. A very good read, I find myself that the 11th doctor comes across better in print than he does on screen.
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on 29 November 2013
Brilliant storyline. Great fun to read. It was very hard to put down once I had started reading but then Dr Who has never failed to thrill & delight me.
Thank You.
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on 4 June 2015
Very good read enjoyed this book immensely
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on 18 April 2013
i love it i was drawn into the book and i could not put it down i wanted to read the story to find out what the doctor was going to end
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on 28 November 2013
I loved it. Great characters, nice plot and a real worthiness to the doctor's struggle.

It's a while since I've read a Doctor Who book, but this is one of my favourites.
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on 13 August 2014
a Jenny Colgan book, what's not to love?
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on 20 October 2014
a must read for any one who loves drwho
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