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Doctor Who: Wishing Well (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #19)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,069 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
The old village well is just a curiosity - something to attract tourists intrigued by stories of lost treasure, or visitors just making a wish. Unless something alien and terrifying could be lurking inside the well? Something utterly monstrous that causes nothing but death and destruction?

But who knows the real truth about the well? Who wishes to unleash the hideous force
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by BBC Books (first published February 13th 2007)
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Lauren Stoolfire
The old seemingly empty well is a bit of tourist attraction in the village partly due to the legend of lost treasure surrounding it. Turns out that what's actually going on with the well is much more sinister and dangerous. No one wants to listen to the Doctor's and Martha's warnings, but soon they'll wish they had.

I love watching Doctor Who and I've enjoyed the few tie-in books that I've read as well. In this case, Baxendale gets the tone and feel of the series and characters, especially for t
KayCee K
Jan 24, 2015 KayCee K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doctor Who: Wishing Well by Trevor Baxendale

I was looking forward to this one but then when it started I thought this may not be good but then boom, it became good! I enjoyed the characters in this one more than the last few Doctor Who books; they just have that funny witt to them. I’ve always liked the idea of wishing wells and this story puts a whole new twist on what’s at the bottom of a wishing well.
The writing styles brings out the Doctors charm quite well; that is a must for me, in every
Aug 29, 2015 Connie rated it liked it
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Title: Wishing Well
Series: Doctor Who New Adventures #19
Author: Trevor Baxendale
Overall Rating: 3 stars

I've always had a love/hate relationship with this book.

It was the last Doctor Who book I bought, and the first one I didn't reread as a kid.

I don't know why, but it just didn't have the same impact as me as the others did and I think it just caught me at a bad time. It caught me as the obsession was wearing off. I think that this book is well wr
Dec 20, 2015 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review written: 9th January, 2016

Wishing Well by Trevor Baxenbale

Why I read it: Something about dispensing with all the remaining Series 3 New Series Adventure books I had to read before the end of the year seemed oddly right.

Rating: 3/5

What I thought: It’s fine, and has some pleasant enough characters and situations, but it really is just a business-as-usual runaround for the most part without anything to really overwhelmingly recommend it. Martha’s still pretty great though, and I suppose the
Morgan Vizecky
Mar 21, 2016 Morgan Vizecky rated it really liked it
I loved this book simply because I love the show(BBC's Doctor Who). While reading this book, the characters seemed to jump right off the page. The plot well formed and also mirrored episodes of the show. I plan to read more books like this in the future, but would not suggest them to someone who had never seen the show. Overall it was fun, quick, and easy to read.
Jan 18, 2016 Erica rated it it was amazing
Fabulous, fast paced read. There is a bit in the book about a "ham sandwich" that literally made me laugh out loud! The David Tennant character of Dr. Who oozes from the pages. I didn't want it to end.
Noah Soudrette
Apr 16, 2008 Noah Soudrette rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Not a bad little read here. Some of the locals, though very annoying, remind me of "The Stones of Blood". The mystery and atmosphere are nice, though the "running from a monster" sequence gets a bit tiresome. Also, the end is a bit too happy sappy as well. Still, well written, solid read.
Karen Bedore
Mar 15, 2016 Karen Bedore rated it it was amazing favorite doctor and my favorite companion! I love that Baxendale keeps their voices so authentic that I can hear the characters as I've come to know them. Good story, nice quick read to escape from reality for a few hours!
Dec 30, 2016 H3dakota rated it liked it
I love a good Martha/Ten story, especially when the author doesn't go down that Martha mooning after the Doctor path. This story is good, solid with a creepy alien. Bit predictable, but the rest of the good points override it.
Dec 17, 2011 Melyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: whoniverse
Un petit côté horreur/thriller assez inattendu derrière un logo Doctor Who, et un livre qui mise principalement sur son décor, son ambiance et ses personnages secondaires. J'aurai pu m'y ennuyer, et je pense que beaucoup s'y sont ennuyés, sauf que-oui-mais-non: j'ai aimé me glisser dans ce petit village mystérieux et tourner autour de ce puits à souhaits chargé de légendes; et finalement prendre son temps, parfois... c'est reposant. J'ai même fini par presque pouvoir m'imaginer ces odeurs de la ...more
Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews
Nov 28, 2012 Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: doctor who fans
Shelves: doctor-who, audiobook
I listened to the abridged audiobook version of the story.

It was read by Debbie Chazen, who plays Foon Van Hoff in the Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned". It was a nice job, nothing disturbing.

The story takes place in a small English village, and centres around the wishing well in the middle. Strange stories and events surround the old well, and the Doctor decides to investigate with Martha. My problem with the story was that it reminded me too much of several other stories, most noticeabl
Adam James
Mar 28, 2016 Adam James rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, doctor-who
I will always compare the new series books to Virgin's Doctor Who: New Adventure series. And because I'll always compare them, I'll always be at least a little disappointed. Doctor Who has an interesting history in its novelizations. They started out as quick and simple retellings of actual episodes with an obvious audience of younger readers in mind.
Then the New Adventures happened.
Then suddenly Doctor Who had boobs. And cursing. And boobs.
But it also had highly imaginative stories that pushed
Jim C
May 10, 2015 Jim C rated it liked it
My rating is 3.5 stars.

A book that is based on the television series. This book details an adventure with the tenth Doctor and his companion Martha. In this novel they are in the present time and come upon a small English village. In this village is a wishing well that is in the middle of being restored but also has a back story of buried treasure within its surroundings. Being a Doctor Who novel we know there is more to it.

This book was an entertaining read. The author does an excellent job wit
raja Jbara
Jul 31, 2016 raja Jbara rated it liked it
The Doctor and Martha want to have a time out to have a nice cup of tea and cake, but when they land in an old village, an old man warns them of what's to come; ignoring him, the duo stumble across Angela, an old citezan of the village, as she takes them on a tour around, she comes across the wishing well, but when the Doctor peers inside, he knows something is up, because he is starting to suspect that all the tales of the hidden treasure and the creatures after it are true.
meanwhile Nigel Cars
I picked this book for my bed-time reading and it took me only a couple of nights to finish it. I've considered Trevor Baxendale to be one fantastic Doctor Who author but "The Wishing Well" is not his best. Upon finishing the book, I felt that it was likable generally but could be improved. The story was unfortunately a very generic one and it could easily be written without it being a Doctor Who one. The main villain of the book was a Cthulhu-like monster, which you could easily find many books ...more
May 10, 2012 Jacquelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This is now my second favorite Doctor Who book so far (Peacemaker is still my favorite). Great story, perfect supporting characters, scary alien enemy, and--after a slow beginning--decent pacing of the action. Martha and the 10th Doctor didn't quite ring true, but there were parts that were definitely in line with their characters. My absolute favorite part--well, I'll spoiler-tag it... (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 20, 2009 Joni rated it really liked it
Yeah, it started slow, but once it got going, I found it fun. =) It got the Doctor right on, but Martha's name could easily be interchangeable with any other companion (reminding me of earlier companions, in the original series, when not so much depth was put into character development) although it didn't really bother me, as I've never been a Martha fan.

Of the actual story; I liked the villain, I liked most of the supporting characters (although Nigel's two digging buddies annoyed me) and the
Dec 16, 2012 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
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This one wasn't quite as good as The Monsters Inside but I still liked it! The best part was that Martha wasn't all lovestruck with the Doctor as per usual (especially the first half of series 3) AND she's very smart & gets to use her medical knowledge. Extra plus! Also, one of the main characters is a female older than 60 and she roxx. Spunky, although the author adds realism in that she's not quite as apt in the "RUN(ning)!" department. Lawl.

There was also a callback of the Doctor's love o
This is my first Doctor Who book and I'll admit I started reading them because I miss David Tennant's Doctor. I've basically spent this summer catching up on Doctor Who and now I'm all excited for the new episodes in a week, even if they are with Matt Smith.

Wishing Well felt really... generic for me. It didn't really feel like an episode of the show, it felt more like a science fiction/horror novel that could have used a lot more fleshing out. The Doctor was characterized fairly well, but Martha
Alyce (At Home With Books)
I listened to the audiobook of Wishing Well, which did not work for me at all. The plot of the story was standard fare for a Doctor Who episode, so I didn’t have any issues with it. However, the narrator of the audiobook was a woman, and hearing her speak the voice of David Tennant’s Doctor just seemed wrong.

I won’t be listening to any more of the Doctor Who books in the audio format in the future, because I’m too attached to how the characters sound in the TV show. I will give them another chan
James Barnard
Apr 04, 2014 James Barnard rated it liked it
There’s something very satisfying about this particular range. The books are much shorter than those in the series which preceded it (the indifferently-received Eighth Doctor novels) and you may find it’s possible to read some of them in under an hour. They aren’t meant to stand as examples of great literature. Where they work is in reflecting the style, tone and format of the series that inspired them.

‘Wishing Well’ is a faithful recreation of the TV series. This is unmistakeably David Tennant
May 14, 2011 X5-494 rated it really liked it
Once again another very nice ‘alien-life-form-on-earth’ novel. I really liked it.

The Doctor and Martha are very well written and it’s a very “atmospheric” setting.

It has, however, a few more on the boring side passages, due to the OCs, but that could be just me. I’m pretty picky when it comes to OCs. I want to read about The Doctor, not about the life and death of some OC I don’t really care for that much. I mean, I can see how OCs are necessary means of writing, but I don’t like it when there
Jul 08, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it
"Wishing Well" is an incredible Doctor Who story. I recently fell in love with the television program and wanted to explore the expanded universe of the Doctor and his companions through BBC Books. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Doctor Who or anyone who enjoys SciFi. [return][return]This book tells the story of the Doctor and Martha Jones struggling to survive against an alien weed known as a Vurosis. This alien, like most in the Doctor Who series, is bent on growing and spawni ...more
Oct 10, 2012 France-Andrée rated it liked it
Shelves: tv-series, doctor-who
It wasn't one of the exciting stories... I guess weeds (or the equivalent) don't make my heart beat faster. I know that The Doctor always win especially in books since they cannot influence what happens in the series, still there wasn't any real jeopardy in this one. I liked it mostly because The Doctor was well written and I like that his allies are the aged, it is a nice break from the young "guess-starring" companions. If you are gonna buy just a couple DW books (which I obviously am not - yo ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it

Wishing Well

The Doctor and Martha end up in a quaint English settlement that has an old well. Some people want to restore the well, using it as a tourist attraction since there's the story of a highway man who threw his take down the well and ending up trapped in the well himself.

Then there's some guys digging a tunnel to the bottom of the well, supposedly to find any treasure that was there, but things aren't that simple as one of the guys is under the influence of an alien influence that wants
Oct 25, 2012 Callista rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was a bit disappointed with this Doctor Who novelization compared to the others in the New Adventures series that I've read. I felt that while the Doctor's character was accurately represented, he barely got any mention throughout the book until the very end. The plot focuses mostly on minor characters and Martha, which didn't make it a bad story necessarily, but lessened my interest in it a bit because the main reason I read Doctor Who novels is obviously so I can read about the Doctor. Other ...more
Jon Huff
Feb 17, 2012 Jon Huff rated it liked it
It might not win any awards for being the most original novel, but that's not really the point, right? There are some familiar elements here to anyone who's seen or read the Doctor's adventures. But that doesn't stop the story from being a fun, quick read.

The central mystery and threat in the story is suitably creepy, and in some ways quite frightening considering the all-ages intent of the books, and quite good for it. As well as getting the Doctor and Martha right in tone, the author also suc
Apr 10, 2016 René rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting story concept and definitely had the feel of a proper Doctor Who story with the bizarre alien life form being stumbled upon during an innocent trip. However, there were too many unanswered questions at the end, which works on the show because they can build from it. In a standalone novel, it was just irritating. Also, the dialogue was super cheesy and the author spent a lot of time telling the readers stuff without showing it to us.

So, I don't recommend reading it, but I do
Siskoid Albert
Jan 17, 2012 Siskoid Albert rated it liked it
A New Series novel by Trevor Baxendale and featuring a monster living down in a well. If each New Series 3-book release features a horror tale, a romp and a sci-fi story, this one is definitely in the first category. Baxendale manages a few very real chills even while staying in the "suitable for young readers" mode. The guest characters are all well drawn as are the Doctor and Martha, which usually makes for a good reading experience regardless of the plot. But the plot's good too, if at times ...more
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Trevor Baxendale is a novelist who has penned several Doctor Who tie-in novels and audio dramas. He lives in Liverpool, England with his wife and two children.
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