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

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  962 ratings  ·  48 reviews

The Castor, a vast starship, seemingly deserted and spinning slowly in the void of deep space. Martha and the Doctor explore the drifting tomb, and discover that they may not be alone after all...

Who survived the disaster that overcame the rest of the crew? What continues to power the vessel? And why has a stretch of wooded countryside suddenly appeared in the middle of t

Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published (first published 2007)
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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
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.
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This Village is scary! Would've made a great episode to watch.
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
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
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
Nathaniel ΘΣ
Jul 07, 2011 Nathaniel ΘΣ rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Starts out fine enuff with the prison ship, and the desertedness, and the whole "other world" bubble populated by pretty generic walking cardboard cutouts...

And then progressively gets more & more boring, tosses in a massive needless stormy bit, has the Doctor & Martha just be filler and could the ending be any more "crap crap crap, wrote self into wall... quick! someone make up something!"
Aug 11, 2007 Writerlibrarian rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Debra Cook
THe Doctor and Martha land on this space station that used to hold prisoners. While walking around a forest appears with people who are disappearing one by one. Can the Doctor find out why it happens and stop it.
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
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
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
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.
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
Siskoid Albert
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
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.
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

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.
Yes, well, I started reading these as a housemate had the first couple of series of them. And they didn't have the book I wanted to borrow at the library yesterday.

This one is OK; bits of it were a bit predictable, but then this series often is. But I did stay up late in order to finish it, so clearly they were doing something right. The author did the Doctor's voice fairly well, I think.
Kyle Kyle
I got this for christmas...

Now, i do love Doctor Who but i wouldn't have ever bought a Doctor Who book...this only reinforced that idea.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't terrible. It just wan't particularly exciting and some of the dialogue was right cludgy.

There's still another one I got for Christmas to get through...hmmm
Michelle Potter
Maybe it's just because I was a bit rushed to finish, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as the other Doctor Who stories I have read. The storyline seemed a bit contrived and dragged more than a little. At least the Doctor and Martha were well written, and the ending wasn't too hocus-pocus.
Jana Denardo
Your run of the mill pro fanfic. It was enjoyable enough, a prison ship that generates a mysterious village, but I never felt the author captured the Doctor well
Not as good as some of the others. I can't say Martha impressed me much here. She was too negative. Then again, the Doctor seemed 'less' than he normally is too.

All in all the story was interesting, but seemed to lack somehow.
Had a good ending, though, of course.
Amber Baker
Good but characterization of the Doctor and Martha seemed a but off.
Martha is my favorite companion, so I was excited to get to go on another adventure with Martha and Ten. It wasn't quite the same as watching the show, but I thought the author captured their personalities fairly well, and the storyline was fun and interesting.
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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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