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The Silent Stars Go By

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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 8/14/14 11:33 am
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This book is a lot longer than most of the other BBC Eleventh Doctor novels, being the second of the Doctor Who Eleventh Doctor 'special releases' written by known authors and aimed at an older audience. This audio-book version runs to around six hours and Michael Maloney gets to grips with bringing the characters to life that the time just flew by listening to it. However, it is a lot more traditional than Michael Moorcock's Eleventh Doctor novel that preceded it, and this book is definitely more like classic Doctor Who than 'The Coming of the Terraphiles'!

As a fan of classic-era Doctor Who the appearance of those (not-so) jolly green giants from Mars was a nice moment when it arrived. Although as two Ice Warriors are featured on the cover it wasn't actually a surprise! There's a lot more to this novel than just the Ice Warriors though. The plot is fairly straight forward; The Doctor, Rory & Amy arrive (by mistake of course) on a planet being terraformed and find that the colonists are having problems... and so another adventure begins. With plenty of action, humour, and some twists and turns along the way.

Dan Abnett has written a great Doctor Who story with lots of atmosphere. I thought this was more enjoyable than a lot of the Eleventh Doctor's TV stories. Which is a credit to Dan Abnett's ability to get the characterisations spot on, and tell a good story at the same time. It's not the most original Doctor Who story ever, but it is very entertaining. The Silent Stars Go By is now one of my favourite Doctor Who novels.

This audio-book version of the novel will not disappoint.