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Doctor Who: Silhouette (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #57)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,212 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
"Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don't need to bother them. Trust me." 

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.

Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran. 

The Carnival of Curiositie
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Theresa Sorry for the late reply. I did get my copy shortly after the give-away winners were selected. It arrived a day or two before the estimated arrival…moreSorry for the late reply. I did get my copy shortly after the give-away winners were selected. It arrived a day or two before the estimated arrival date.(less)

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A good book but it could be better.


The Doctor:

The Twelfth Doctor


Clara Oswald


The Paternoster Gang:

Lady Vastra, Jenny Flint & Strax


London, in the Victorian age.


The Doctor picked an unusual energy reading in London, around the Victorian age, so he decides to investigate it, along with Clara. In the middle of that, the Paternoster Gang is investigating initially two murders (Some more to come). Soon, both parties realized that all must be connect
Dan Schwent
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
When the Doctor and Clara visit a carnival in Victorian London after the Doctor detects a power spike, they cross paths with Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax. Vastra and Jenny are attempting to solve a locked room mystery while Strax is on the trail of someone who murdered a friend of his. How are the cases linked with the mysterious power spike the Doctor detected and what do they have to do with origami birds and the carnival?

I got this from Netgalley.

This is the second Twelfth Doctor nov
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sen ne güzel kitaptın be! Son iki sezondaki çoğu bölümden iyiydi beee
Líbilo se mi to vážně hodně - mělo to atmosféru a odehrávalo se to v mé oblíbené viktoriánské Anglii... A Strax byl vtipný jako vždy (nemluvě o Madam Vastře a Jenny). Dvanáctka měl skvělé průpovídky a ty narážky na jeho předchozí regenerace byly boží.

Sean Kennedy
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would be happy with a whole series of Vastra, Jenny and Strax books. Just sayin'.

(Of course, I would also be happier with their own TV series.)
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
When I read these books I want two things:

1.) To get to know the Doctor (and his companion(s)) a little better.
2.) To read a story that may be too expensive to film, but comes across the page beautifully.

This book hit neither mark. Granted, we don’t know Capaldi’s Doctor that well, so almost anything would have been a bit “more”, but he barely appears. When he is part of the narrative, he is incredibly bland. Anyone with a passing familiarity with the Doctor knows he is anything but bland. Come
Aslı Dağlı
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yorumum için -> Instagram: dagli_asli

Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got an ARC courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

This is only the second Doctor Who novel I read. In the meantime, I managed to catch up on a lot of episodes I hadn't seen (including the ones with the Twelfth Doctor); it was a good idea, since otherwise I would have had less clues about who the characters were, especially when the Paternoster gang was concerned. Unfortunately, it was therefore also very easy to realise that they weren't that well-portrayed, at least not in
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
What one hopes from a Doctor Who spin-off novel is that it captures the characters – while perhaps adding a few wrinkles the reader hadn’t considered before – and unveils the type of story it just wouldn’t be possible to tell on TV. You know, the kind of thing with nine different planets, fifteen different species and the sort of special effects budget that would make the Director General of the BBC turn sheet white and quiver. Sadly we don’t have that here. Instead what we have in ‘Silhouette’ ...more
Brooklyn Tayla
Full review can be found on my blog https://brooklynandherbooks.wordpress...

This was a second re read and a buddy read with a fabulous friend of mine.

I actually found I enjoyed this more the second time around, I picked up on more of Strax's wit and found that the characters were written to a t. This will definitely remain a favourite doctor who book of mine.
Merry Farmer
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not bad! I would actually consider this book homework, in a way. I write romance, which is character-driven. This book was heavily plot-driven with rather bland characterizations of known characters. The plot was nicely put together, though.
Pınar Kaya
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeni yıla çok keyifli bir kitapla girdiğimi düşünüyorum.

Çok sevdiğim 12. Doktor'a kısa bir süre önce yayımlanan Noel Özel Bölümü ile veda etmiştik. Gelecek sezonda Doktor rolünde Peter Capaldi'yi göremeyecek olmayı henüz hazmedememişken Clara'lı günlerde geçen bu olayı okuyarak anılarda yaşatmak istedim kendisini... :'( Kitaptaki olaylar kış mevsiminde geçtiğinden okumak için iyi bir zamanı seçmişim bence.

12'nin başlarda ne kadar huysuz olduğunu unutmuşum. :') Clara'yı da hatırladığımdan farklı
This is my maiden voyage with a novel based on Dr Who. The show is a big hit in my family, where three generations all consider themselves Whovians. I was curious to see how the characters translated to book format, knowing that usually, I am one of those "liked the book better than the movie" types. While the story, itself, was fine, it didn't thrill me with the same sort of delight that a well written Dr Who script does. I found the portrayals of the five "regular" characters rather flat, and, ...more
Jon Arnold
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
The technician writer is an underpraised species; a backbone of the publishing industry. They will, quietly and without fuss, deliver a publishable manuscript on time. Justin Richards, editor of the Doctor Who range for several years, is one such writer. With a Richards book you can be certain that the book will be draped around a solid, enticing hook and chug through a logically worked out plot and that the characters familiar from the television will act perfectly consistently with their scree ...more
Kötü adamı ilginçti. Senaryosu klasik bir Doctor Who bölümü tadındaydı. Doktor'u bazı noktalarda iyi yansıtmışlardı ama çok da aman aman değil. Yol arkadaşlarını pek etkin bulmadım. Clara ve Paternoster Çetesi var Doktor'un yanında. Madam Vastra'yı çok az görüyoruz. Jenny ve Clara etrafta dolaşıp başlarını belaya sokuyorlar, klasik. Ama favorim Strax. Sırf Strax için kitaba 3+1 = 4 yıldız verebilirim aslında. Onun konuşmalarını okurken kafamda dizideki tipi, ses tonu vs. birebir canlanıyordu. Za ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yorumlara ve oylara bir bakınca ortalama bir kitap gibi görünüyor ama ben gerçekten sevdim. Başta polisiye gibi başlayan, sonra uzaylılara ve suçlulara uzanan bir Doctor Who bölümü izliyor gibiydim. Whovianlar es geçmemeli.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beklediğim kadar güzel olaylar bulamadım kitapta. Ama olaylar anlatılırken(Doktor'un tavırları hariç, onlar tam bir fiyaskoydu bana göre) kendimi gerçekten de dizinin içinde hissettim. Onun dışında, Doktor her zaman kazanır zaten. Aksi mümkün mü?
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Okuduğum ilk Doctor Who kitabıydı. :) Dizinin takipçileri için harika bir kitap. Beğendim ❤ ...more
Anna (BooksandBookends)
I received a free ebook copy of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that I am a huge fan of the television series Doctor Who. In fact, if I'm being perfectly honest with you, it borders on obsession. I've either read or own the vast majority of Doctor Who books and when I received a copy of this book I may well have done a little happy dance. Justin Richards is one of my favourite authors of Doctor Who books. If you
Joshua Bishop
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I began reading 'Silhouette' (Why is it evened named that?) I wasn't too pleased with the book. It was NOT a "Doctor Who" Story. It was just a 'time-traveler and his friend in Victorian London with aliens.' It felt like just another Sci-fi/fantasy story. The book was, as another reviewer put it, solid. Although, it started to feel like a "Doctor Who" story a little more than half way through.

Justin Richards doesn't seem to know the background of any of the characters he is writing about, ex
Моя первая история с Двенадцатым. Ожидала от себя моря недовольства, ведь восьмой сезон заброшен на середине за неинтересностью и неприятием нового воплощения таймлорда. Удивительно, но эта книжка скорее подталкивает меня к смирению с Капальди, чем наоборот. Маленький шажок навстречу сделан, и спасибо в основном Дэну Старки, у которого получился изумительный Двенадцатый, неожиданно импонирующий на нескольких уровнях. Новый Доктор прекрасен в своей невозмутимости и прохладной хамоватости. Я еще н ...more
James Barnard
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I’ve waxed lyrical about Justin Richards’ ability to tell a good story numerous times in these reviews, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint here. In terms of setting, character, plot and structure, this is another winner.

To take those points in reverse order… What a great setting to use. There is something magical about the idea of the Frost Fayres Londoners used to hold in the days when it was possible for the Thames to freeze over. We’re unlikely to ever see the like, but it evokes thoughts of
NB: I received this book free from the Goodreads First Reads program, but that hasn't affected the content of my review.

Ugh, I wanted to like this, but it was just not up to snuff. It's amazing to me that Justin Richards has written so many previous Doctor Who novels and yet this utterly mediocre story with cardboard cutout versions of all the characters wandering around is what he's come up with. I've only read one DW novel previously, and I didn't enjoy it very much either, but at least it som
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
One of the first Twelfth Doctor novels, this book sees Peter Capaldi's Doctor and companion Clara head to Victorian London to investigate a mysterious power spike. Inevitably they meet up with the Paternoster Row gang, Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax as they investigate a series of murders.

I always think a sci-fi story set in the Victorian era works rather well and this is another example. The story is mostly set around a Frost Fair and Carnival of Curiosities, a magical setting which is so perf
Well. This was pretty much what I'd expect from a Justin Richards NSA - pretty light but entertaining enough.

Oddly enough, considering this was written before any of Twelve's first series had aired, I'm actually glad I read this now, and not, say, 3-4 episodes into S8. I'd have more complaints about characterisation if I'd done that. As it is, I don't think Twelve was characterised particularly weakly - he's recognisable enough. I just wish there'd been more of him in this book!

My one serious co
Wayne McCoy
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
'Silhouette' by Justin Richards is the first 12th Doctor book I've read in the Doctor Who series and I liked it. It didn't hurt that it also took place in the Victorian era and featured the Paternoster gang of Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax.

When the Doctor and Clara visit a carnival, they find things are not as they should be. There are a series of strange murders and some suspicious characters. There is a strange woman who seems to be able to create animated objects out of paper, and a man who
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An adventure with Jenny, Madame Vastra, and Strax (plus The Doctor & Clara)!! I do have to say that these are absolutely brilliant characters that I'm happy to see in a book adaptation. They have so much versatility and they're so different from one another that it keeps the story moving along at a wonderfully brisk pace. In this book, there are mysterious murders being committed throughout Victorian London and at first they don't seem to be interconnected except for one thing: the victims a ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books, 2015, dr-who
For about the first third of this book, I was planning to give it 1 star (which I am not sure that I have actually done, as books that I dislike that much I don't generally finish). As others have mentioned, the characterization was terrible -- of the doctor and the Paternoster gang. But I did finish this one, and the last half was better, with the doctor getting some of his spark back. (Aside from Strax, I just wasn't feeling the Paternoster gang at all, and I loved them in the TV show, which i ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Čo robiť, keď sa človek dozvie, že svojho obľúbeného seriálu sa dočká o rok neskôr? Treba ten čas jednoducho vyplniť inak. Napríklad čítaním doplnkových príbehov k tomu seriálu. Ešteže Doctor Who takúto možnosť ponúka!

Verného fanúšika seriálu kniha určite nesklame, pretože obsahovala všetko, čo aj každá dobrá epizóda. A keď sa k Doctorovi a Clare pridal aj Paternoster gang, o zábavu aj napätie bolo postarané. Bodaj by tie knižky vydávali rýchlejšie!
David Agranoff
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tie-in-novels
Boring dw novel. It would have made a fine episode but if I am sitting down to read a novel I expect more story.
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Justin Richards is a British writer. He has written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and he is Creative Director for the BBC Books range. He has also written for television, contributing to Five's soap opera Family Affairs. He is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children. ...more
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