When the Doctor arrives in the 19th-century village of Klimtenburg, he discovers the residents suffering from some kind of plague - a 'wasting disease'. The victims face a horrible death - but what's worse, the dead seem to be leaving their graves. The Plague Warriors have returned. The Doctor is confident he knows what's really happening; he understands where the dead go, and he's sure the Plague Warriors are just a myth. But as some of the Doctor's oldest and most terrible enemies start to awaken he realises that maybe - just maybe - he's misjudged the situation.
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By Jonathan Mills on 19-04-17
As close as Doctor Who ever gets to hammer horror.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is an interesting and well written amalgamation of classic horror elements from Dracula and Frankenstein, with the Cybermen taking the place of more traditional walking dead, complete with occasional human limbs or grafted on skin stolen from dead villagers. It's genuinely scary in places, with fairly graphic violence without too much gore. David Warner provides an excellent narration backed up by Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Cybermen and impressively atmospheric background music to help ramp up the tension.
If I have a criticism, it's the Doctor himself. I like Matt Smith's incarnation, but his constant irreverent bantering falls a bit flat here. It's almost as if the writer himself doesn't like Matt Smith's Doctor - his gallow's humour generally causes offence with other characters, his plans often go awry due to small errors (he throws a rock at a Cyberman to distract it and misses, for example), and he forgets things that his companion, Olga, finds obvious. When it's time to give a rousing, morale-boosting speech, he says "you all need to know why this is important," and stops, thinking he's finished. It's just my interpretation.
Overall, I recommend this book, even if you're not particularly a Doctor Who fan. You don't need to know everything about Doctor Who to enjoy the story and the atmosphere.
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By Craig on 17-04-15
It's a good, detailed and lively story of the 11th Doctor, but he's on his own, well, other than guest characters within this story. VERY well done narration thanks to David Warner and, in part, Nicholas Briggs. Warner makes the story worth listening to when it otherwise might not be and because of this, it's a decent book to have. Good, rather good in fact, but not great.
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By Bee on 20-08-15
A Really good Doctor Who story
Totally enjoyable tale of a fight against the Cybermen set in a little rustic village. Interesting side stories and characters made it a richer story than some Doctors Who tales. I particularly liked the ending, especially the few moments we get with the Doctor and the TARDIS.