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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings For A Dumbed Down Style Of Storytelling., 28 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who: Dark Horizons HC (Hardcover)
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Being a Doctor Who fanatic since 1971 I was drawn to this straight away of course. The added bonus was that it was about Vikings, set in the past and features the best of the new series Doctors, number 11 played by the brilliant Matt Smith.

One of the major faults that I've found with the new series novels is that they essentially dumbed down to suit the younger audience of the TV series who would buy the books. This is a story written by a more mainstream author rather than the same old shower that's been turning out turd tome after turd tome since 2005. And yet, arguably, this follows the same direction in that it's quite childishly written. I don't mean that it's bad but it doers seem to have been written for younger kids to devour as well as older fans. I don't think that was the right approach as the kids already have the other range to suit them, they don't need this to cater for them.

And yet some of the deaths in the story are quite horrific and unsuitable for a younger readership so it's very difficult how to accurately classify this book.

I did like the story itself and the author's grasp of the eleventh Doctor is spot on and, as she is a fan, her knowledge of what makes a good Doctor Who story is right on the nail. It's not the story at slight fault, it's the way it was written.

All in all, average, but as part of the three 'adult' hardbacks so far this is the easiest to read but ultimately the most disappointing and it should have been so much better.
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