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Doctor Who: Forever Autumn (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #16)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,343 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Will Thorp reads this spine-chilling story of monsters, mystery and a magical spellbook. It is almost Halloween in the sleepy New England town of Blackwood Falls. Paper skeletons hang in windows and carved pumpkins leer from porches. The Doctor and Martha soon discover that this will be no ordinary Halloween. What is the secret of the ancient tree and the book discovered t ...more
Published May 4th 2008 by BBC Audiobooks Ltd. (first published September 6th 2007)
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A fair entertained reading to do in Halloween season


The Doctor:

The Tenth Doctor


Dr. Martha Jones


New England, America. Blackwood Falls. 2008.


The Tenth Doctor and Martha arrive to a town named "Blackwood Falls" in 2008 following a strange energy signal. Soon enough, they are right in the middle of the dream (or nightmare?) to any Halloween's town celebration, with mysterious green mist around everything, possessed animals and objects, bizarre attacks with ev
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Thinking about the Doctor gave Martha a renewed tingle not simply of excitement but of sheer, unadulterated joy. It gave her a sense, not for the first time, of how incredibly privileged she was to be traveling with him-of how, in fact, regardless of the sleepless nights and the frequent terror and the almost incessant bumps and bruises, she was the luckiest girl alive.

I won't lie, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this book. While I like Martha, she isn't one of my favorite companions, and wh
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Title: Forever Autumn
Series: Doctor Who New Adventures #16
Author: Mark Morris
Overall Rating: 3 stars

This is another one that caught me at the end of my Doctor Who book reading love.

But that doesn't mean I didn't love this one. It's so quirky and fun, and the characterisation is great, but it will always hold the connotation for me that I don't care about it anymore. As much as I try, I just can't give this book the energy it deserves. I mean come o
Oct 24, 2014 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun, quick, and quirky, read for Halloween, one of the best, in my opinion, of the new series novels (and the best offering Mark Morris has contributed to the brand period), I read this one every year. Blending the atmosphere of movies like John Carpenter's The Fog with the whimsy of Monster Squad and, well, Doctor Who, the product is something you might see as an original Disney Channel movie--with a great deal more menace. Martha and the Doctor are spot-on, and their interactions often make ...more
Having lost contact with the world of Doctor Who, I have been familiarizing myself with the later Doctors via both dvds and books. I have to admit the Tenth Doctor is probably my favourite, and "Forever Autumn" is my favourite Doctor Who novel so far.

Set in a small New England town at Halloween, the Doctor and Martha have to battle aliens who have been stranded there, and need fear, pain, and horror to refuel their ship.

I have never read a book that had me swinging from curl-up-in-a-ball-and-wh
Callie Rose Tyler
The Doctor comes to America, and it kind of sucks. In this book Martha and Ten find themselves in a vague New England town on the day before Halloween. The plot was so-so but the writing left something to be desired. This author had no idea how to write believable American conversations, especially when it came to the children. Nothing about the setting or characters said America with the exception of one line that describes the ‘bland American rock that is named after a city like ‘Chicago’ or ‘ ...more
Nov 05, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s the day before Halloween in the small New England town of Blackwood Falls. Every home is decorated with jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and goblins; the children are choosing their costumes from Tozier’s Costume Emporium, and the adults are making the final preparations for the town’s annual Halloween Carnival. But Halloween in Blackwood Falls will be anything but ordinary this year…

Rick Pirelli and his best friends Thad and Scott love Halloween. Before they head off to pick up their costumes, they
Dec 03, 2013 Brittany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping that this book would be better than the last Doctor Who novel I read which was only okay. But it wasn't. This book dragged on and on and after a while I didn't really want to read it anymore because I became so bored with it. Even though the Doctor's in it there isn't really that much of him which is a shame 'cause he seems to be the best part about the book in my opinion. He has some witty moments here and there but at the end they make him really serious and not very enjoyable to ...more
Reads like YA Stephen King, if he were British and bafflingly unfamiliar with American lexicon. And if he suffered from some ailment that resulted in sudden trouble with typical thriller plot structures. And if he were really phoning it in.

I probably shouldn't say all that, since I haven't read anything King has written since the mid-90s. I read IT in the sixth grade, terrified for the entire month it took me to finish the book. I later watched the movie--very likely more than once--through the
Feb 08, 2015 Lea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-german
For most of this book I was sure I read this story before in a Buffy book from the 90s. Granted, the Buffy book was worse but their American smalltown was at least more believable. I could only believe The Doctor's and Martha's conversations, everything else was so stilted. It was fun enough but not a must read.
Oct 04, 2013 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, doctor-who
Another great Doctor Who book that has been written in a way where I could see this has an episode and the characters of Martha and the 10th doctor acting this all out in an adventure.

For this one the Doctor was my favorite because he is the doctor, no because he was great in this. From start to finish. As for Martha I found myself having mixed feelings on her (just like on the show).

However the author has written a great book that was perfect to read near Halloween, it had a few moments that
I liked the portrayal of the Doctor in this story and I actually liked the OCs, which doesn't happen very often. I was especially fond of the brothers who really cared about each other, that was nice.
Jan 14, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a decent Doctor Who installment. I found it fell along the same category as a previous novel. Green glowing lights from underground that take people over and make them evil... I love the Doctor and all his adventures, but I'm ready for something new.
Oct 10, 2016 Khara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my fav Doctor Who book so far.
The 10th Doctor and Halloween, how could you not this!!!
The Doctor and Martha end up in a New England town a day before Halloween.
There's green mist, a creepy dead tree, and bad guys who look like slender man with pumpkin heads.
3 kids from the town accidently start this book off, and get caught up with the Doctor and Martha in the adventure.
There's,ots of little Doctor comments thrown in that I loved.
Great book, lots of action, perfect October read!!
Nov 15, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was alright. It was a bit odd in the way the kids spoke. They spoke and made references to things that children typically would be unaware of. I find that adults don't write children very well. It feels forced with the children who take up a vast majority of page time. They feel more like an impression of children than actual children because, honestly, many adults just don't know how to write children's voices. And I think that this would have helped the book if they weren't the focus.

Kate Sherrod
Sep 19, 2016 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book would be nearly perfect if it contained any other Doctor/Companion combo. Or even just any other Doctor (Martha is too boring to really bother with either way). As it is, the Tenth Doctor is more of an annoying distraction than a hero or protagonist (as always), but he's landed in a fine, Ray Bradbury-ish October story that I quite liked. The alien/monsters are great, the setting and incidental characters are nice, and the atmosphere is perfect. And yes, author Morris did a very good j ...more
Kimberley doruyter
some of my favorite things
Jun 29, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Doctor and Martha materialize on Earth (What a surprise in the Russell Davies era!), in Blackwood Falls, USA, on the day before Halloween. Three local boys have dug up a strange book at the base of what looks like a strange dead tree (Is it really a tree; for that matter, is it a book, or are they actually examples of ancient alien technology?!) So begin the strange events that could end in the destruction of the town and the hideous death of its inhabitants. (Good thing the Doctor showed up ...more
Ааах как давно я ждала появления в Докторе тыквоголовых пришельцев! И дождалась же! Тыквы – это круто, между прочим.

Только я пожаловалась на недостаток страшилок, как на меня свалилась роскошная Хэллоуин стори с оживающими атрибутами этого самого праздника. Даже странно, почему его так редко используют, ведь это кладезь возможных коллапсов. В этой книге меня порадовали: ходячий картонный скелет, пробивающий двери кулаком; дерево во дворе, под которым закопана страшная-престрашная книга; обезумев
Nate Rawdon
Apr 12, 2012 Nate Rawdon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forever Autumn was a surprisingly captivating read from the very start. Unlike many of the other Doctor Who novels that I have read, this particular story's plot enthralls you, and is truly one that would make a fantastic edition to the constantly growing list of produced episodes. The side characters included in Doctor Who novels are occasionally the let down, though all of those in Forever Autumn were interesting and believable. The enemy and its impact on the plot were a standout. With the vi ...more
Nathaniel ΘΣ
Jul 08, 2011 Nathaniel ΘΣ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans
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Jul 25, 2012 Melyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vo, doctorwho
Certes, la couverture est explicite, mais là, c'est vraiment Halloweenesque à l'extrême. Donc si vous l'avez sous le coude aujourd'hui, attendez octobre prochain avant de le ressortir.

Et on y passe tous les classiques, la sorcière et ses chats maléfiques, et le livre magique, et l'épouvantail à tête de citrouille, et le clown-qui-fait -peur (ben quoi, c'est flippant les clowns. Surtout celui-là ).

Mais même en juillet, l'un des intérêts du roman reste qu'on s'y marre beaucoup, pas tant à cause d
Oct 14, 2007 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Biz
Shelves: sci-fi, whoniverse
Excellent creepy read for the month of October! I really did enjoy it.

That said. LOL First off, I can't get a handle on the writer - the book is so loaded down with British slang (far more than ever used on the show, especially by the Doctor) that it almost seems like an American desperately throwing in everything he's ever heard. But then the American slang (it's set in New England) is cringe worthy and false. Utterly annoying, the both of them.

Then, has this writer seen the Tenth Doctor very
Jun 18, 2008 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I told a friend of mine I was reading this and he asked me if it was good, or just upgraded fanfiction. The answer? I wouldn't call it upgraded. I have read better fanfiction (though not for Dr. Who)than this. That's not to say the book was BAD, exactly, but compared to the show it is based off of, it falls flat. I sympathize with the author. Both Chris Eccleston and David Tennant play the Doctor with an almost feverish pitch - to capture that on paper would better writers than this. The real pr ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Eden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Though in general these media tie-in novels are meant for a younger audience, I hadn't actually felt like I was being talked down to in any other Doctor Who novel until I read Forever Autumn. The first few chapters were grueling, marked by writing that would have been ashamed to have shown itself among the likes of a Three Investigators series book or a newer Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys spinoff.

If it hadn't said Doctor Who on the cover, I'd have suspected this was a pilot screen playturned into a stor
Seth Brady
Sep 10, 2014 Seth Brady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having grown up in New England and now being back as an adult, there's something very magical about Halloween here, especially set against the backdrop of a small town. The perfect setting for a Doctor Who adventure, in which a group of Jack Skellington-like monsters threaten to -- what else? -- destroy the entire town and only the Doctor, Martha, and a few newfound friends have any hope of saving the day.
Shaun Collins
Oct 06, 2014 Shaun Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hurray! I finally get to chime in on a book for the book club! Full time work and school is putting such a dampener on my social life!

I remember being suitably impressed with this one when we reviewed it for the podcast last year. Its a fun read, a relatively quick read, and combines the best elements of scary Who to make it the perfect Halloween offering. Enjoy everyone!
Oct 06, 2014 Jas' rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I came to this book with high expectations, Mark Morris wrote "The Ghosts of India" which was a great Doctor Who novel. It started well I thought, with a good build up to the attack the Hervoken were preparing to. But unfortunatley most of this book is used in very lengthy description of the numerous attacks the Hervoken do. And it's just characters are attacked by Hervoken, characters escape without a scar. Then there's the big Halloween fair where the Hervoken attack, but the book only has 20 ...more
Jo Bennie
Dec 02, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m, d
In the New England small town of Blackwood Falls the Doctor and Martha emerge out of an eerie mist, a strange book has been dug up from among the roots of an creepy black skeletal tree and a slumbering menace has awakened. Think Sleepy Hollow with aliens: the Hervokan. They are an ancient race whose science of gestures, psychic connection, ability to bring to life inanimate objects and take over minds looks to human eyes like black magic. With their giantlike spindly figures and jack o lantern s ...more
Jan 31, 2009 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere in New England there’s a very old and strange tree, the tree that gave the town of Blackwood Falls its name. When three boys dig up an old and musty book near the base of the tree it begins a Halloween like none the town has ever experienced, or would ever want to experience. What better time and place for a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey and his companion to visit? When the eyes of all the cats take on a strange glow and even the rubber Halloween decorations take on a life of the ...more
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Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 1988 on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, and a year later saw the release of his first novel, Toady. He has since published a further sixteen novels, among which are Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor Who range.

His short stories, novellas, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide va
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