Doctor Who: Dead of Winter
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.'In ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This was definitely a proper Doctor story. He is the reluctant ...more
The form here is brilliant: first-person remembrances, epistolary passages, ...more
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 ...more
Four stars! I would definitely recommend this book to my Whovian friends
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 ...more
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. ...more
As an Eleventh Doctor story, it captures the feel of the Eleventh perfectly, with the way he reac ...more
The current books though occasionally good enough do seem to be more gauged towards the wider appeal of young adul ...more
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.
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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 ...more
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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.”
Yeah. If only my therapists could see me now.”