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Doctor Who: Casualties of War (Eighth Doctor Adventures #38)

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Hawkswick Hall has been transformed into a psychiatric hospital for soldiers shell-shocked during World War One. When local livestock and family pets are found violently mutilated, witness accounts point to horrifically wounded soldiers. The Doctor heads to the hospital to investigate -- two of the inmates have mysteriously disappeared -- and is told by one of the patients ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st, 271 pages
Published September 4th 2000 by BBC Worldwide Publishing
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Nenya
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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MORE. GODDAMN. ZOMBIES! This time, actual zombies. Multiple ones. So probably the most zombie-like of this whole run of "oh my god, get the zombies out of my Doctor Who" I've been complaining about. And yet, I liked it better than the others!

This was down to the really great characters in the village. Loved the midwife/vet/town nurse, the giant ox of a farmer, the elderly rural bobby. The patients at the hospital were great, too, and I was sad to see the ones die who did. The hardest part of thi
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Em
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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While the story was an interesting one, I didn't appreciate the perspective. Mary Minett was a strong and endearing female character, but her infatuation with the Doctor was annoying. I don't mind if people fall in love with the Doctor, but I don't want to have to listen to a constant stream of over-dramatized speculations about his 'inner mysteriousness.' The writer's voice often sounded young and awkward, making the story uncomfortable.
Every scene seemed to end in a contrived cliff-hanger in
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Rob Melvin
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Sooooo boring. I understand wanting to reboot after how convoluted the story had gotten, but it's like they had a stack of generic historical mysteries sitting unpublished and slapped the Doctor Who name on them. One amnesia book was enough to reboot this thing then skip the next hundred years and get on with it. With the amnesia angel it's not even like it's the Doctor. They could replace him with any generic Holmesian eccentric and these stories would be unchanged. I don't think I can make it ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2063188.html[return][return]An Eighth Doctor book which is set during the First World War, with the amnesiac Doctor now investigating mysterious happenings in a hospital for convalescent soldiers. For what is basically a zombie story, it is done rather well, with a particularly good one-off companion (Mary, the village midwife) whose emotional path is similar to many of the New Who companions, and other nicely depicted supporting characters. Would appeal to non-Who ...more
Angela
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Doctor goes to a small English village in the middle of WW1. The dead have been spotted, mysterious explosions, and a hospital for soldiers with mental issues is near by. This is a really creepy book, it goes more to the horror than most Doctor Who novels. This is not one for the faint hearted. There is a feeling of doom throughout, with corpses threatening innocents. The horror of war is well written, and the way the soldiers are coping is delicately handled. A really great read.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Achingly sad and exquisitely gentle. For such a quiet novel, it packs an "iron fist in velvet glove" impact...which is quite suitable when you throw the Doctor at WWI and watch the resulting chaos.

Corey Dutson
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Well THAT was depressing. A good sort of depressing, but yeesh. There are, as it turns out, a lot of casualties in this one.
Simon Curtis
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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Standard for a Who book, ie very good indeed. Emotional.
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