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Doctor Who: Dead of Winter

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #46)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,534 ratings  ·  161 reviews
'The Dead are not alone. There is something in the mist and it talks to them.'

In Dr Bloom's clinic at a remote spot on the Italian coast, at the end of the 18th century, nothing is ever quite what it seems. Maria is a lonely little girl with no one to play with. She writes letters to her mother from the isolated resort where she is staying. She tells of the pale English aristocratthem.'

Hardcover, 255 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by BBC Books (first published 2011)
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully atmospheric Eleventh Doctor adventure that fits in seamlessly between Series 5 and 6 of the show.
Goss perfectly captures this TARDIS team, especially newlyweds Amy and Rory.

Set in a remote clinic in 18th century Italy, the trio soon realise that something is a miss as medical procedures feel far advanced for the time period.
I quite liked that Rory’s profession felt relevant to this tale.

The narrative is told through a series of letters and memori
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who, 2011
Really not the best Doctor Who novel ever written. It did get marginally better about 100 pages in once a very obvious plot twist was revealed, but only very slightly. Told from the view point of Rory, Amy and a couple of other disposable characters this book tells the story of a French clinic in the 18th century that seems to have developed a cure for TB about 100 years before people even really understand the disease. There were a number of twists in this book and everyone of them as transpare ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Within the range of Doctor Who novels, this one's fantastic. Told through letters from the supporting cast and Amy Pond's memories, it details the arrival of the TARDIS crew at a mysterious clinic in 1783, where some very strange methods are being used to cure the patients.

While the story itself is fairly straightforward, the writing style allows for some extra twists and surprises. It also gives us some great insight into the characters' minds, and their thoughts and feelings about
Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This felt interminable. The setting was very promising: a crash finds Amy, Rory and the Doctor (although not quite themselves) at an ahead of its time European sanatorium in the 18th Century. Even in the 21st Century we still like to think of going to the seaside as a cure and the sea here is effecting miraculous improvements in the motley collection of guests/patients with TB. Even before anyone thought fresh air, rest and good food might help. Yes, there's something fishy going on! We've got a ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This story is told through letters, journal entries and memories, so the point of view is continually changing. It took quite a lot of pages to get used to the narrative. Longer than it should have, I thought. Then about halfway through the book something is revealed that makes you want to go back and re-read the first half. Kudos to Goss for this twist, I just wish he could have delivered it in a more straightforward way.

This was definitely a proper Doctor story. He is the reluctant
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
At first, I wanted to give this book two and a half stars...the beginning was a bit confusing and seemed to drag on much longer than it should until they revealed a plot twist which made me want to go back and re-read the first 100 pages. The way the chapters were set up (character point of view through diary entries and letters) seemed unrealistic as they recalled every detail to dialogue or inflection. the different style threw me off at first, but I shrugged it off and moved on. About halfway ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
At first I was really happy we get to see rorys perspective, but it just turns into this bitter hate for the doctor, and even a little bit for Amy. Like he just has such low self esteem that its really off-putting. Someone like Amy would never love someone that has self esteem as low as the rory written in this book. I know he's often overshadowed by the doctor on the show, and for a while it feels like their love is one sided, but he never questions it. When she has the transmitter in her hand ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
James Goss comes up trumps once again. After his fantastic "Torchwood" novels comes his first "Doctor Who" novel...which is an absolute triumph of character. Goss captures the Doctor, Amy & Rory with astonishing precision & depth. The story is told in first person letters and remembrances, and the historical setting makes for a colourful backdrop, without being intrusive or too heavy. This is a dark, historical fairy tale...and I blazed through this book in three hours. A positive triump ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Honestly, a person doesn't read Doctor Who novels expecting much beyond a day or two of escapism. But Dead of Winter is unexpectedly better than that average, offering a burst of growth for the genre, while capturing the strange meta-consciousness of the Matt Smith-era scripts and translating it -- widely successfully -- into book form. Simply put, this is the kind of Doctor Who novel fans deserve to see more often.

The form here is brilliant: first-person remembrances, epistolary passages,
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought Doctor Who-Dead of winter was such a FANTASTIC book and I loved the ending how they all made up again, but I didn't really like it when Dr Bloom shot the Doctor in the forehead and just lied there on the sand of the beach. Amy Pond and Rory Williams(husband and wife, all lovey dovey) were sitting there crying as the Doctor died but luckily came back to life again. An 11-year-old girl called Maria always writing letters to her mother but Dr Bloom keeps them in his office to read. It say ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: doctor-who
This was the worst Doctor Who book I've ever read. The plot was boring; the audiobook reader wasn't very good; the villain was kind of deus ex machina; the monsters weren't scary and were kind of just "weird" (in a bad way); the writing style wasn't the best (a poorly executed part-epistolary and part-multiple-narrator novel); and most importantly, the characterizations of the trio (Amy, Rory, and the Doctor) were completely off (Amy came off as a whiny little tart who didn't really care about R ...more
Robert Schneider
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
First off let me say that I have never like books told through "journal entries" so it was with some trepidation that I started this book after reading some of the reviews. This book did not change my opinion of stories told in this way. The book was slow to start and seemed to be there purely for the plot twist that was obvious from a mile away. The biggest problem I had was one this style of story all shares, Dull and very static. How can you foster a sense of danger or even of urgency if the ...more
Stephen Osborne
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked how this novel was set up, with each chapter either from Amy or Rory's point of view, or from letters from Maria or Mr. Nevil, or Dr. Bloom's journal. It made for more than a few surprises, some of which wouldn't have worked as well if it had been written in a more straightforward manner. However, those who dislike "head-hopping" should steer clear. The chapters are short and the action is pretty swift, so if you're not careful things could get confusing. And, of course, if you're ...more
Michael Ryan Pillado
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought the book almost a year ago but I never had the opportunity to read it. Recently, I found out that it will be republished for a DW History Collection that will gather all of the best DW novels set in the past. As a result, I decided to give the book a go.
After reading the book...
I can say that it is one of the best DW stories I've encountered, the book perfectly portrayed Smith's Doctor and Gillian's Amy Pond. The story was a perfect mystery that was capped with an explosive
Christine Taft
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It was very captivating with great plot twists. My only complaints were that it could be a bit confusing at times, and that sometimes earlier on the characters (The Doctor, Amy, and Rory) didn't seem quiet like themselves.

Four stars! I would definitely recommend this book to my Whovian friends
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: doctor-who
DNF - love the Doctor who universe too much!

The whole Amy/Rory/Eleventh drama is the worst doctor-companion storyline in the franchise! Just as Martha’s crush on the Tenth doctor made her look weaker than was fair to her awesome character, all the jealousy and belittling in this drama just takes all the fun out of the stories. Why is it necessary to keep playing up to the whole Who-Will-Amy-Choose thing?! It is just like how they deliberately created a suspense over who of them was River’s dad
Despite being a Doctor Who fan, this wasn't my favourite DW story. I found the style of narration through mainly letters was disjointed and at times hard to follow which things were happening when and what was subsequent vs. overlapping. I also found there was too many points of view and the change between characters was ever so abrupt (or so it seemed when listening to the audiobook). (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I honestly don't know how I feel about this book.

On the one hand, I found the writing style to be incredibly interesting and I quite enjoyed it. On the other hand, I found the writing style to be confusing, specifically with some of the descriptions.

There were moments that I found the author to be spot-on with the characterizations, specifically with Rory. But most of the time, I found the characters to be completely off, especially with the love-triangle that played a huge role in this book.
Mark Caza
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Doctor Who Fans, Science Fiction Fans, Historical Fiction Fans
Shelves: mjax-reccomends
The second book by James Goss that I have read in the doctor who series, takes place in a far and away time. Without spoiling much, this particular story takes the form of various characters in the story telling of the events, some write letters to mentioned only characters, others speak to us the audience as if retelling the events, but this change in narrative style works magnificently!

As an Eleventh Doctor story, it captures the feel of the Eleventh perfectly, with the way he reac
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't really enjoy the current rash of BBC Doctor Who novels as much as the ones that where present whilst the series was away from T.V. and I think the reason for that is they without a new audience when it was away the books and adventures grew up as the last 'who' generation such the books became harder hitting and adult at least in regard the complexities of plot.
The current books though occasionally good enough do seem to be more gauged towards the wider appeal of young adul
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, drama, scifi
The spin-off of the adventures of the 12th doctor, as played by Matt Smith, allows readers to delve deeper into the minds of the Doctor, Amy, and Rory. We see and understand their motivations better. Author James Goss structures the novel as alternating letters and diary entries from the first-person perspective of various characters, including Amy, Rory, the Doctor, Maria, a nervous little girl, and Dr. Bloom, the proprietor of the TB clinic on the seashore where everything is not what it seems ...more
Helen Hnin Oo Lwin
3.5 stars.

Personally, I'm okay with POVs switching every five pages. And the prose style was alright. There were a lot of twists and turns. Some I saw coming and some I didn't. The plot twists weren't terrible, either! But the beginning was such a drag. I had to put this book down several times before it became bearably good. I recommend skimming about the first 25% of the book.

(view spoiler) ...more
John Peel
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Doctor, Amy and Rory end up in a TB sanitarium in 1783 after the TARDIS crashes. They're very confused (almost as confused as the reader). There is, of course, something far more sinister going on than curing the sick. Lots of running in circles ensue.

The major problem with this book is the author's choice of narrative style - it's told from the points of view of different characters, mainly in the form of letters and journal entries. Um - it's 1783, and there isn't a mail servic
David Siddle
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this possibly the most difficult book of the series to read so far. Having said this, it is ultimately rewarding with a sense of melancholy to round off a decent story. My only reservation is telling the story in a series of letters although this too is ultimately dealt with satisfactorily. I enjoyed it eventually and urge readers to stick with it. Far from the best volume since the return of the Doctor but worth a read.
Rob Cook
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with the majority of this book. Written in the form of letters, journals and diary entries, the story jumps from place to place with many chapters only a page or two in length. There are a couple of nice twists in the book but the form in which it has been written was not enjoyable for me.
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story with an interesting twist

Not as exciting as some of the Doctor Who stories but worth the read for true fans. If you are brand new to whovian lore this may be more exciting.
Lewis Spiby
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This book started a bit slow and confusing at the start, but I found that towards the end it picked up. I do like how the narrative of the writing is very accurate to the Doctor Who main cast in the show.
Lindsey Cook
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fantasy-sci-fi
Very enjoyable Doctor Who book.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intriguing story but can be confusing at points. I really enjoyed the heart at the centre of the story, Matt Smith's doctor was well portrayed and true to character.
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James Goss has written two Torchwood novels and a radio play, as well as a Being Human book. His Doctor Who audiobook Dead Air won Best Audiobook 2010. James also spent seven years working on the BBC's official Doctor Who website and co-wrote the website for Torchwood Series One. In 2007, he won the Best Adaptation category in the annual LA Weekly Theatre Awards for his version of Douglas Adams' n ...more

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“Now... Just run.' [said the Doctor.]
One of the things you learn very quickly around the Doctor is never to question him when he says that word. You just run. It's almost like breathing.”
“Now here's Amy Pond, standing in the freezing ocean, holding the body of her imaginary friend, and shouting at the sea to make him better.
Yeah. If only my therapists could see me now.”
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