Monday, June 3, 2013

Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett + a Giveaway

Morning, readers! I'm on two TLC tours again today. First up is another in the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who tour!

The Doctor, Rory, and Amy are on their way back to Leavenworth for Christmas when they make an unexpected detour. Hereafter has been home to the Morphan's terraforming project for over twenty generations now. In recent years, though, the Morphans have experienced increasingly frigid winters like none other they've ever experienced. And now something is attacking their livestock. When the Doctor and his companions arrive, they are almost immediately separated. The Doctor and Amy are imprisoned when the Morphans decide they must be Unguidely enemies. All is not lost, though, as the Doctor is able to convince one of the Morphans that he can help with their situation. He and Amy are freed in exchange for promising to help find a recently missing Morphan girl. Meanwhile, Rory finds himself on the run from monstrously large creatures, creatures the Doctor has encountered before. And it's not long before the Doctor himself discovers what's causing such havoc to the Morphan settlement.

Oh, I was so sad to have to say goodbye to the Ponds last fall! I love Rory and Amy and returning to them here with a new adventure was so very welcome! I do love Clara and her part in the current Doctor's story but Arthur Darville and Karen Gillan had such fantastic chemistry - both together and separately with Matt Smith as the Doctor.

Interestingly, current audiences didn't get to experience the Ice Warriors until this most recently ended series with Clara. But that's just who the Doctor and friends are up against in Dan Abnett's The Silent Stars Go By, the chosen 50th Anniversary title for Matt Smith's Doctor eleven.

I find it particularly cool how, now having read two of the anniversary installments, each author has captured the particular quirks and mannerisms specific to the different doctors.

Trivia: The Ice Warriors first appeared in 1967 in The Ice Warriors during Patrick Troughton's reign as the second Doctor. Troughton was up against them once again in 1969 in The Seeds of Death. Jon Pertwee also had his chance to face them in 1972's The Curse of Paladon and 1974's The Monsters of Paladon. The Martian warriors then took a bit of a break until Matt Smith's Doctor and Clara encountered them in Cold War this past April (which was set in the 1980s).

Rating: 5/5

To see all of the stops on the tour and a full list of the anniversary titles, check out the official TLC tour page here.

Now, some of you may have already seen my earlier giveaway for winner's choice of a copy of Only Human by Gareth Roberts (Doctor nine's anniversary installment) or the soon to be released Who-Ology: Doctor Who The Official Miscellany by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright. I'd originally set the contest to end on June 2 but I've extended it out to June 16 and am including it here. Please note, if you've already entered via the original Only Human post, you do not need to enter again. Though the rafflecopter appears on both posts, it's one entry form so entering on either post is valid for the whole giveaway.

The publisher is offering up winner's choice of either Gareth Roberts's Only Human or the new Who-Ology. Simply fill out the rafflecopter below between now and midnight, June 16 to enter. This contest is open internationally! 

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I was sad to see the Ponds go as well - they were fabulous. How fun to revisit them in this story!

Thanks for being on the tour.