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Doctor Who: Falls the Shadow

(Virgin New Adventures #32)

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  15 reviews
'We are deranged. We are psychopaths, sociopaths, up the garden path,' said Tanith. 'We are mad, and you are trapped with us.'

The TARDIS is imprisoned in a house called Shadowfell, where a man is ready to commence the next phase of an experiment that will remake the world.

A stranger dressed in grey watches from a hillside, searching for the sinister powers growing within
Hardcover, 1st, 356 pages
Published November 17th 1994 by Virgin Publishing
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Jon Arnold
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, who-2014
'Ghost Light' through the prism of Grant Morrison’s 'Doom Patrol'.

If you wanted to give someone a New Adventure to confirm their worst impressions of them, 'Falls The Shadow' would be the perfect candidate. Title pretentiously stolen from literature? Check. Doctor sidelined for a long period? Check. Much angst and torturing of the regulars? Check. Obscurer-than-thou continuity references? Check. Every idea the author’s ever had chucked in? Check. In need of a tighter edit? Check.

That though
Christopher Buchanan
Sooooo, there's this house that's bigger on the inside and the Doctor goes through the wardrobe with a guy in a wheel chair named peppermint or something and there's an assassin that's kind of sorta like Ace but she's really a blind queen in a bath towel with a BIG gun and Benny is dead but then she's not dead but then Ace gets killed but she doesn't get killed and, oh, I forgot there's a grey guy who has this big Dragonball Z battle with a yuppie couple with super powers that are made out of ...more
Alex Sarll
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
More a 4 1/2 star job than 5, if we're honest, but given the surprising amount of hate for this book I'm inclined to round up. An incredibly creepy story, what happens when the Hinchcliffe and Cartmel eras have a child - then realise they were too closely related and it's a terribly strange and unsettling child with a gaze that prickles your soul. Cities beyond time, houses haunted by worse than the dead, and a very thinly disguised Sapphire & Steel come to tidy up by any means necessary; ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's been rated very lowly over here (It's actually even one of the lowest rated ones in the entire series), but if you take a closer look at 'how' people rated it, then it becomes more obvious that it's one of the "love or hate it" kind of things.

Personally, I'm not really sure if I actally loved "Falls the Shadow", but it's certainly one of the most interesting releases in the series so far. A few pages into the story you start to notice where O'Mahony got his inspiration from and what
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
Ever wonder what would happen if Doctor Who fell down an Alice-style rabbit hole...and ended up in a hell-version of a haunted house, with mass amounts of gross violence...and where the reader feels as if mental rape has just occurred? Read this massive head-squisher and soul-destroyer...and you will have your answer.
Michel Siskoid Albert
Daniel O'Mahony's first Doctor Who novel (first novel entirely) is Falls the Shadow, in the New Adventures line, and it has intriguing origins. He apparently based it on the rumors that were circulating in the 80s about the serial Ghost Light, and I was going to say it feels like a mangling of Ghost Light in premise if not result. There's a weird house that reminded me of House of Leaves. There's something buried beneath it (but that part of it falls really short). And the story is very literary ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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I have to wonder about the choice of book releases by the Virgin team at this time. This came out only 3 months after Strange England and 3 months before Ghosts of N-Space meaning that around a quarter of the books in this period are weird haunted house stories. Plus we also have the gothic horror infused Evolution and the violent religious imagery in Goth Opera, Strange England and St. Anthony's Fire.

On top of this it is given an additional 25% page count when the story really doesn't require
Danny Welch
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid read that is in my eyes a better verison of Strange England, whilst that was an enjoyable but okayish read this novel even tho it's bloated is completely bonkers kinda like Strange England and is what I suppose you could call 'torture porn' the amount of torture and shocks in this book is incredible. The characters even the tardis crew are really put to the test here and at times you are unsure how they are going to get out of this one.

The start was quite atmospheric with gloomy
James Hague
Aug 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Like wading through treacle. Some good ideas poorly executed as with the other one star review this sits with 'Transit' and 'The Pit' as the low ends of the series thus far.

Let's see what Jim Mortimer has for us next........
Andy Stehr
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Dark and forboding. The 7th Doctor finds time travel experiements and ends up facing two beings of incredible power.
Jun 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
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The 'Falls the Shadow' drinking game: every time a character says 'shit'(apparently, the rudest word you can get away with in a New Adventure book) take a drink, by page 128 you will be too drunk to finish the book.

I've just done you a favor.

There are some strong characterization of the three leads, a few good ideas and nice little bits of Who history sprinkled about, but unless you've found yourself thinking 'There's not enough torture-porn in Doctor Who', this book is a huge, dreary, pointless
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 rated it liked it

There is a format that works much more often than not for Doctor Who: take an isolated building, and develop beyond the usual base-under-siege story by making the inhabitants a collection of strange indiviuals each with their own hidden motivations. Ghost Light on TV, The Chimes of Midnight on audio, last year's New Who book Dead of Winter are all good examples; so is Falls The Shadow, a Seventh Doctor story in the New Adventures range featuring Ace and
Peter O'Brien
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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"I travel in time. The mere fact of that is enough to erase hundreds of futures. Wherever I go I leave footprints, my testament. There's your pain - the scream of infinite futures erased from the cosmos" - page 346.

The novel is perhaps a bit longer than it needs to be and things do start to get a little repetitive, but Falls the Shadow is a nice little thought provoking adventure for the Doctor and company. Certainly, if you are a fan of Moffat's 'destruction-of-reality/rebooting-reality'
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Muddled epic features high concepts, but boring prose. Way too much exposition and not much of an ending either. Bad cover too.
Shannon Appelcline
Good characterization and intriguing ideas offset by a running-around-a-scary-house plot that goes nowhere.
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