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Doctor Who: Wooden Heart (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #15)

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A trip through space becomes a nightmare walk in the woods for the Doctor and Martha - the latest in the bestselling series of Doctor Who novels.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 19th 2007 by Random House UK (first published 2007)
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Loved this one.
It was written very well.
This has to be my favorite Doctor Who novel, yet.
Jul 04, 2007 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, whoniverse
In the end, I just missed Martha too much! I had to finish it. If only this had been a proper Martha book - I was convinced through many sections that it was originally writte as Rose. I know it was approved as Rose/Ten, so, yeah, probably got written at the start that way, too. Even when she wasn't very Rose-like, she still wasn't Martha-like, either. Disappointing. (Especially since the Doctor was so overtly complimenting her/grateful for her being there/happy with her. Given the finale, that ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Kati rated it it was ok
It started well: an abandoned ship, the question of what happened to its crew... aaaaaaaaaand then it went downhill again and it turned into yet another Earth-like-forest-with-villagers-and-missing-children-blah-blah-blah adventure. Nothing new, nothing original, nothing remotely engaging. Is there no Steven Moffat-like writer among the DW book authors? Someone who can write a really suspenseful bottle-story?
Feb 23, 2008 Holly rated it really liked it
Okay, this one was really cool, for all it's a Doctor Who book. What can I say? I'm on a kick. The Doctor and Martha find an space ship full of dead bodies that has, against all reason, an entire old-world village in the heart of it. But now the children of the village are vanishing one after another and the Doctor and Martha are slowly realizing that they're not alone on the ship after all. I was wary reading a Martha book (didn't really get into the last one I tried) but this was pretty fun.
Dec 30, 2013 Cornerofmadness rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Jul 11, 2008 Alesia rated it really liked it
This Village is scary! Would've made a great episode to watch.
Mar 14, 2014 Niala rated it liked it
This Doctor/Martha adventure had a really interesting premise. I honestly wish the writer had gotten more into the ramifications of what they built. There are a LOT of gaping holes in terms of the world (I won't say more for fear of spoiling story) that I really wanted answered/addressed at the end. I liked the recurring characters a lot. I honestly think this is one that needs/could early support a sequel. I also think this story would have made a good episode. Definitely one of the ones that w ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
This is the first Doctor Who book I've read and it was about what I expected - as a book, it's not very good. The writing is very simple so basically anyone over the age of 8-10 could probably read this. As far as the "episode" went, the Doctor was like the Doctor for the most part. There were certain lines I could imagine David Tennant saying. Martha was Martha, yet she wasn't. Personally, I've never liked Martha to begin with, she's easily my least favorite companion so as far as her character ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Jesse rated it liked it
I just recently finished this book and was not very impressed with it. The writing was not very memorable. It was written in a very bland language that I often find myself glossing over rather than reading every word and savoring it.

The characters were for the most part two-dimensional. The characters do develop through out the book but not too much. You would only learn a thing or two about them - even for the main characters, the Doctor and Martha - nothing more. Disappointingly, Martha was ha
Иногда книги в abridged аудиоформате помогают здорово сэкономить время. Мне остается тихо радоваться, что я потратила на эту деревяшку всего два часа.
Я довольно толерантно отношусь к любым проявлениям франшизы whoniverse, так как люблю ее всем сердцем; даже если попадается вшивая овца, я быстро забываю о ней. Так что пару слов об этой бредне – и дальше поехали.

Начало приличное. Я даже порадовалась, что локацией станет космический корабль, да еще и с заключенными. Но фига с два, все заключенные о
Nathaniel ΘΣ
Jul 07, 2011 Nathaniel ΘΣ rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans
This is a Doctor Who novel, featuring the Doctor in his Tenth incarnation along with Martha Jones. It's the third book with Ten and Martha. Whilst exploring a deserted spaceship, a forest suddenly appears in it. In the forest is a village with a mystery of its own: the children are disappearing.

I found this book to be incredibly mixed up. The idea of the deserted spaceship was intriguing enough, especially when it was revealed that it was a prison ship. When the forest suddenly appeared, it was
Jul 01, 2012 Melyssa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vo, doctorwho
Le style d'écriture m'a beaucoup plu, l'auteur manie bien sa plume et le tout est dans cette simplicité qui donne un côté non pas "simpliste" mais épuré juste ce qu'il faut. En bonus nous avons aussi certains dialogues très amusants et des personnages bien dessinés, y compris parmi ceux qui sont des "caricatures volontaires". Martha continue à être beaucoup moins pénible quand elle ne passe pas son temps à soupirer auprès du Docteur, et se voit offrir une jolie occasion de montrer ses qualités, ...more
Dec 01, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
One of the better Doctor Who books. The story was interesting, fairly believable and the main characters were fairly well written. The downside is "Martha's" character could have been Rose or someone else entirely. She didn't feel particularly like Martha. Still, it was an enjoyable quick read at a time when I needed it.
Scott Barwell
Oct 01, 2016 Scott Barwell rated it really liked it
Martin Day has written a story that has a very interesting concept. I love the imagination that went into this story and the plot itself is mysterious and makes you want to read on. The downside is that some characterisation was off with Martha as I thought she could have been written better however some of the supporting characters were written exceptionally well especially the Dazai and Jude.
Adam James
Apr 13, 2016 Adam James rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, doctor-who
If only BBC Books would repackage all of these books so they look less like crap children's novels and more like the thought-provoking science fiction they actually are.

Unless you're a ridiculous Doctor Who completist or a ten-year-old boy, NO one is going to pick up these novels.

Which is a shame.
Aug 11, 2007 Writerlibrarian rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: who fans
My first Martha book. Nice little hints to the tv episodes (the hippos on the moon and Shakespeare). I liked the concept of this story. I usually fall for good versus evil kinda epic battle. This one is interesting because it's played very low key and with more of a psychological twist to the plot. It's Martha is the beginning of her adventures with the Doctor, still new to the mayhem and chaos he brings with him. Still, she is well used and not the damsel in distress, which is good in my book. ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review written: 18th December, 2015

Wooden Heart by Martin Day

Why I read it: More Doctor Who.

Rating: 4/5

What I thought: This was a real experience. I almost gave it a 5 but something held me back. Nevertheless, this is certainly one of the higher-tier Doctor Who books I’ve read thus far, well-written and paced and oddly evocative, mysterious and strange, before pulling itself outwards and forwards into a brilliant new dimension that I never saw coming at all. Yes, I’m being deliberately vague, bu
Sep 26, 2014 ReadingMakesMeSmile rated it it was ok
I love dr who but this book was rather dissapointing it didnt express enough emotion i rated it a two as it was ok but it just needed the emotion to be expressed better.
More ambitious than your average New Who book, Wooden Heart delivers a mind-bending premise that does its best to keep you guessing. Adjoa Andoh is a fun, engaging reader -- I would really like to hear her do another one or several of these. Every character is treated with a deft hand - from the Doctor and Martha to the various villagers. Plus, the book gets an extra star for referring to the Doctor as a trickster god -- in a surprisingly rich and textured scene. As is the case with all the New ...more
Nov 18, 2012 Justine rated it it was ok
When I saw this book, I had second thoughts in getting it. I never really liked Martha that much (She does not have a strong and spunky attitude unlike the other companions. K9 is even more interesting than her) but because it was still Doctor Who, I still gave it a try. Sadly though, the book was not entirely satisfying. The story was good but it did not click altogether. It felt as if the ending was a little too hurried, a little too easy. Martha was still her boring self as well. Good thing t ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Jordan rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, own, doctor-who
My least favorite so far, though still fun. I felt Martha and the Doctor felt kind of off at points. The Doctor seems particularly out of character at the point where they end up splitting up. Martha doesn't feel particularly off, but she just seems kind of generic and not very Martha-ish most of the time. Also, there's one point where the Doctor experiences someone else's memories, but there's really no warning given as to what's happening so it feels a little confusing. Other than that though, ...more
James Clare
Feb 03, 2015 James Clare rated it liked it
Trying to work out who/what did it with doctor who is like nothing ever seen before. The book gives you an idea of what's happening but no inkling to how it was done. Damn magicians.
Dec 14, 2009 Leela42 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nsa, tenth-doctor
New Series Adventure (NSA) with the tenth Doctor and Martha. Good story, but not well executed; it seems like a well-developed first draft. I can't say I liked this book, but because the story and construct was worthwhile I didn't DISlike it. It was annoying that characters emphasize things that turn out to be of no importance to the plot and the author has a penchant for dictating his points rather than demonstrating them through development. In sum, it left me working out how it could have bee ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Chad rated it really liked it
The Doctor and Martha end up on a space station where something very odd is going on. An entire village's existence may hang in the balance if the Doctor and Martha can't find a way to help.

This is another Doctor Who story and is very similar in style to many of the others. I enjoyed the space station parts and the final resolution, but much of the main plot was a little dry and boring. Overall it was a decent story, but not for everyone. I would only recommend this one for true Doctor Who fans
Jan 18, 2016 Erica rated it it was amazing
Read just like the tv series. I couldn't put it down.
Siskoid Albert
Jan 17, 2012 Siskoid Albert rated it it was ok
I hit a rough patch with Martin Day's Wooden Heart. It has an intriguing science fiction idea at the heart of it, and relatively strong guest characters, but the principals are just terrible. The 10th Doctor has never been such an asshole. And Martha's only character trait seems to be that she's scared. I did enjoy it for its ideas, its prose, etc., but when the licensed characters are badly characterized, it sinks the whole enterprise. The plot has the heroes enter a virtual world from a desert ...more
Oct 25, 2015 Lime rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Loved the narrators different voices.
The Doctor and Martha land on an abandoned spaceship. On the way back to the TARDIS they find themselves in a forest. Things are not what they seem. This is a decent plot that captures Martha's character really well. This would have made a good TV episode, maybe a 2 parter. A good read.
Oct 23, 2012 Ager rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most mind-boggling stories from Doctor Who books. And one of the best Tenth Doctor/Martha Jones stories.

In this book you get to see how brave she really is, even when faced with the possibility of her own death just for defending the people in this place. And when you understand who they are, it is like, "Martha, you are crazy."

This book has evil monsters, gods, dragons and heroes, space stations, misty little towns. A bit from every good thing.
Nicholas Whyte
Jan 29, 2010 Nicholas Whyte rated it it was ok

A decent story of the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones landing on an apparently deserted spaceship which suddenly acquires a woodland complete with frightened natives, disappearing children and 'orrible monsters. Lots of familiar elements (and a reference to Beowulf, though that is not taken too far) but with some extra energy in the mix. Good stuff.
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Martin Day is a screenwriter and novelist best known for his work on various spin-offs related to the BBC Television series Doctor Who, and many episodes of the daytime soaps Doctors and Family Affairs.

Day's first published fiction was the novel The Menagerie in 1995, published by Virgin Publishing as part of their Doctor Who Missing Adventures series. Following the withdrawal of Virgin's licence
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