Top positive review
on 7 November 2014
An original Doctor Who novel. It tells an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory, which hasn't appeared before in any other medium.
The book runs for two hundred and thirty eight pages. It's divided into fifteen chapters, plus a prologue and an epilogue.
As with the rest of this range, it's suitable for all ages, and captures the lead characters perfectly, with dialogue that you can imagine the actors saying.
The story takes place in London. At two very different times. In 1910, when strange monsters are lurking in the city. And the only person who stands against them is retired secret agent Professor Archibald Angelchrist. And in 2789. When strange experiments have had deadly consequences.
As a result of which, London of then is under threat. If the monsters can't be stopped, the human race is doomed...
Although the plot isn't anything entirely out of the ordinary, It does hold the attention thanks to some decent writing. And shifting back and forth through the two time periods. What also helps is that the action is seen almost entirely through the eyes of Rory in some chapters, and Professor Angelchrist in the others.
The former is written so very well in character as to make it possibly the best of all his appearances in this range. It allows him to work through his feelings for the way he lives and the people he does it with very nicely. And the latter is a truly marvellous and very original creation. Very much written as a man of his time and of science as well.
All of this makes the book click, because it really makes you care for it's characters.
There are time travel elements of the plot that are clever without being too confusing, and an epilogue that will stick in the mind for a while. For the right reasons. All that makes it a very above average entry in this range.