Doctor Who: Shining Darkness (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #27)
For Donna Noble, the Andromeda galaxy is a long, long way from home. But even two and a half million light years from Earth, danger lurks around every corner...
A visit to an art gallery turns into a race across space to uncover the secret behind a shadowy organisation.
From the desert world of Karris to the interplanetary scrapyard of Junk, the Doctor and Donna discover
Breaks down into accepting others who may seem different to you, put through the story lens that machines with AI are being discriminated against, and about to be genocided by some who think only organics can be real people. Good story, fun characters, hard choices. The Doctor and Donna are a magnificent team, and the author treats them very well. He himself is gay, and it's easy to read into the misunderstanding the rest of the world has t ...more
If you are a fan of Doctor Who you will love this book.
If you are not a fan of Doctor Who then you should read this book so that you can come into the light.
p.s. All hail Donna Noble
Honestly, she's brilliant, my favourite companion of Doctor Who.
This is a typical Doctor Who storyline on many levels. Firstly, it is pure science fiction. It's set in the Andromeda Galaxy, there are aliens and spaceships and robots galore. Secondly, it takes ...more
The core story here is a crushingly obvious "racism is bad" metaphor. And that's fine, it's not like we've never seen crushingly obvious morality plays in Doctor Who before, but there's just no complexity. The antagonists are anti-AI bigots of varying degrees of megalomania, and that's really it. There's no effort made to flesh out why they think what they're doing is right. I don't mind that on a Leverage episode, but I want more from a novel. Speaking of novels, there's only about enough plot...more
I do have an awful lot of experience with fanfiction though, and so I recognize it's not easy serving split interests in having to a) do well by the established characters of Doctor and Donna by nodding to their character arcs and b) create a brand new world for them to explore, populated with people for them to help. ...more
Well, this is the first of the Tenth Doctor that I've read and I am thrilled with this story. I'm not even sure where to start. Like mo ...more
It seems there is a group of humans who hate any kind of robot that seems to have an artificial intelligence, and they are out to build something that can put all the power in the hands of humans alone. There's also a group that is out to stop them.
This book is based on the popular television series and has the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble as the main characters. In this one, the Doctor and Donna travel to the Andromeda Galaxy and find themselves right in the middle of a war brewing between organics and mechanicals.
The most important aspect of reading a media tie-in novel is if the characters are portrayed correctly. I believed the Doctor's portrayal was good and Donna's portrayal was excellent. The Doctor's portraya ...more
The plot was pretty much a hide and seek, cat and mouse game throughout the Andromeda galaxy. I think I would have found the story itself actually pretty interesting had The Doctor and Donna been together puzzling things out. I do understand why the author, Mark Michalowski had to write it the way he did, though. One ship ch ...more
This one is about a fanatical group that is rabidly anti-robot (although they apparently prefer to be called "Mechanicals" the ro ...more
This sneaky little book jumped way ahead in my TBR queue simply because I was too tired to crack the WWII book on the bus and, after reading a mere five pages, I was sucked in to the fun! Lucky me, too, since I did no research at all before picking it up. I just noticed somebody has been donating Doctor Who novels to my library and picked it solely based on the pairing (yes, I'm one of the few die-hard Donna fans I know. Maybe the only.).
Anyway, I suspect this has everything a Doctor Wh ...more
Also, I thought th ...more
There were many moments of humour which helped to lighten the mood of this otherwise rather deep story. In particular there was the moment where Donna begins to improvise and makes herself a ginger-goddess much to the ...more
The story itself dealt with prejudice against mechanicals that was likened to racism here. There was some action but mostly it was a dissection of this social issue. Not exactly my cuppa. Tho ...more
The story is very thought provoking. The extremist views of both the promechanicals and the pro-organics are a parallel of real life racism and the surrounding issues. And Donna's internal battle with what is right and what is not is easily passed on to the reader.
Lovely referenced to the episodes of the show and to previous no ...more
Everything about this was average: writing style, characterization, you name it. Read this for the sole purpose of knowing how Donna became an actua ...more
Finished. It was a VERY good one. Just as I had decided to be done with the Doctor Who novels, along comes this beauty to change my mind. Michalowski does a WONDERFUL job with the characters, delightful plot with some real twists and turns and fun! And it addresses an issue that I care about a great deal - the danger of hating (and/or fearing) those who are different from oneself; the importance of acceptance and the dan ...more