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It is the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his recently deceased father in the mists along Totter's Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her late grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then thIt is the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his recently deceased father in the mists along Totter's Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her late grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream... and push through into our world. As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?...

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ISBN : 9780385346788
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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  • Kitty
    2019-05-10 19:28

    Why You Should Read ‘Doctor Who: The Shroud of Sorrow’ by Tommy Donbanvand:-The first scene opens up at 76 Totters Lane (Foreman’s junkyard) JUST after the the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara have left for Doctor Who’s first adventure ever.-Clara changing clothes in front of the Doctor and making him blush-Eleven’s voice is PERFECT. Donbanvand even goes so far as to seamlessly incorporate Eleven’s unique gestures and movements, at one point describing him as “a bowlegged ballerina”-Hearing a scream in the distance, the Doctor turns to Clara and says “They’re playing our song, dear.” To which Clara extends her hand as if to dance and the Doctor takes it as they run off to help.-The Doctor impersonating Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Clara’s comment on the outfit “I love a man in uniform” *wink*-Classic Who and Nine and Ten’s era references abound.-Protective Doctor-Badass against a giant bear Clara-“So back in Britain, it’s just about teatime on Saturday 23 November 1963 – and the fun is about to start!” —- Brilliant nod to the airing of the very first episode of Doctor Who-“Yes, only it doesn’t so much fling the fun out of the big end as squirt it out,’ said the Doctor. He raised a finger to silence Clara. ‘Whatever you’re about to say, Miss Oswald, forget it!”-The Doctor reliving the loss of a lot of his companions, classic and new, to draw out the monster-ALL THE DOCTORS attending Brigadier Alastar Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart’s funeral (Benton, Yates, and Liz are there too)

  • Tomáš
    2019-05-09 21:12

    Na začátku jsem byl nadšený, ale během příběhu to tak nějak vyprchalo. Jako televizní epizoda by byl Závoj smutku spíše průměrný díl a od knihy jsem tak nějak očekával, že se nenechá omezit tím, co lze ukázat na obrazovce.Pro:+ Při četbě doslova slyšíte Doktorův (Smithův) hlas a snadno si představíte jeho pohyby+ Odkazy na klasické příběhy, společníky a nepřátele+ Některé vtipy jsou překvapivě originálníProti:- Doktor je šašek. V seriálu je dětinským starým mužem, ale tady je prostě jen klaun. Což je škoda.- Antagonista (Závoj) není zdaleka tak zajímavý, jak by mohl být- Chyby v překladu (překladatel sice dostal jakýsi slovníček pojmů, ale absolutně nezvládl kontext, který Whoviana trkne do očí). Za slovo sonáč by někdo zasloužil předhodit Dalekům.- Úplně scházel morální lidský přesah. Katarze, příjemný pocit z ukončení příběhu.Hodnotím přesto poměrně kladně, protože cílová skupina čtenářů je výrazně mladší než já a tenhle druh příběhu nejspíš ocení.příště bych si ale raději přečetl něco vážnějšího.

  • Jim C
    2019-05-20 23:34

    A book based on the television series. This one has the eleventh Doctor and Clara as his companion. This takes place right after President Kennedy was assassinated. The world is in mourning and a new enemy feeds off this. The Doctor is the only one who can stop this enemy.The first half of this book was terrific and I was loving it. I thought the portrayals were accurate as I had no problem picturing Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. I loved the concept of an sentient being feeding on the grief of the world because of a tragic event. For the first half of this book I could not fathom why there were so many negative reviews. Then the second half hit me and I soon found my answer. This book took an awful, silly (which is saying something considering this is a Doctor Who book and this universe is not known for its seriousness) turn and it completely ruined this novel. Clowns, really? We went from a tragic moment in history to clowns. This was wrong on so many levels.For a series that is known for its playful nature this book completely missed the series intent. That being said I could not give it a one star rating because the first half of the book was so enjoyable. It did capture the nature of this universe and had some terrific easter eggs. Unfortunately, it took a one hundred and eighty degree turn and I recommend avoiding this book.

  • Kribu
    2019-05-07 19:27

    Sort of hovering between three and four stars - I actually enjoyed it quite a lot, most of the time. It got a bit sillier towards the end, but eh, whatever. Plenty of fun, light moments with some actually rather moving and horrifying parts, so pretty much what I like DW tie-in novels to be.Also, I keep being amazed by how much more I like Eleven's written adventures compared to Eleven on TV. It's not the character (and I think Eleven was very well written here), as I rather enjoy Eleven, so I guess it's just that his era on TV didn't work for me at all.

  • M
    2019-04-26 02:40

    This is a bit of an odd book for me. The first half or thereabouts is pretty fun. The monsters, the Shroud, feed on human grief and have come to Earth on November 23, 1963 to eat everybody saddened by the Kennedy assassination. The Doctor and Clara have to stop this new threat, of course, and they get some assistance from the locals to do so. Clara is written relatively well, and the Eleventh Doctor is great in this - the author captures him perfectly in mannerism and speech. I could really picture this as an actual episode. I loved the references to Doctor Who continuity, from the opening scene at the Tottenham Court Road junkyard to the mentions of past companions and monsters. However, things really went off the rails in the latter half of the book. The Doctor decides that since he's never met the Shroud before, he should track it back to it's previous feeding grounds. In a nice reference to Planet of the Dead, he does this by driving an ambulance through a wormhole (the TARDIS is out of commission because of course it is). And suddenly we get the Planet of the Winter Clowns. It's as ridiculous as it sounds - having been drained of all grief, the people of the planet the Shroud has devastated have reverted to various primal instincts and emotions, except for a small handful that survived fully intact and have turned to clowning to try to fix the population. I get that the author is going for a joy/laughter versus sadness theme, something which Doctor Who has done well in the past, but clowns is a little too on the nose and a little too ridiculous even for Doctor Who (especially nuWho). Plus, it comes down to the Doctor to actually fix things in the end, and the clowns only help him out some. There's some cool moments of the Doctor revisiting the deaths of past companions, and the idea of every Doctor visiting the Brigadier's funeral is a much better tribute than the crap we got in the season 8 finale. But, I mean, really: clowns. Freaking clowns. It just doesn't really gel with the vibe of the first half of the novel and takes me out of the tension and drama. The result is that while this book has some fun ideas and some neat references to Who's past (it was published in the 50th anniversary year) it just doesn't really hold together for me. I enjoyed parts of it enough to give it three stars, but I'm left disappointed at the wasted potential. I hope the other Doctor Who novels I have are more like Touched By An Angel and less like this mess.

  • Elevetha
    2019-05-07 22:29

    I hear this has Whouffle.And my library owns it!....Eh. Turns out the minimal amount of Whouffle wasn't worth it. (view spoiler)[When you've got Clowns that try to bring happiness to peopleso they mean well but they're clowns so that negates everything positive they're attempting that live on an ice world, where saber-toothed polar bears attack the ambulance the Doctor used to travel through a wormhole(which was the Shroud's stomach, complete with dead bodies and grief), that's a little bit too far out.Also, what was up with revisiting some of the Doctor's most sorrowful moments in his life, many of which were very appropriate, but then we get Captain's Jack farewell and NOT WHEN ROSE LEAVES?????? Excuse me?(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Debby
    2019-05-22 00:41

    4 starsIf you happen to follow me on Twitter, you would know by now that Doctor Who has taken over my life pretty much. So when I saw the beautiful New Series Adventures books in Waterstones in London back in March, it took all my self-control not to buy them. Alas, since then, the obsession has only grown, especially with my love of Whoufflé, and I could not stop myself any longer. I had no idea what to expect with a media tie-in book like this, but MAN was it enjoyable and captured the essence of the TV series perfectly.What becomes apparent right off the bat is that Tommy Donbavand has such a great understanding of the Eleventh Doctor and Clara as characters. They sound completely genuine, which I suppose I was a bit nervous about (since Clara especially hadn't really been seen for long by the time this book was published). Especially the dialogue was top notch, and I found myself giggling like an idiot throughout most of the book. It was just Matt Smith. Totally. The adventure in this book was also quintessentially DW. The Shroud are such a creepy freaking alien race, it pretty much gave me the shivers - as all good Doctor Who villains should. It even ended on a note reminiscent of the most famous episode ever, Blink, in that I'm going to have a bit of trouble not thinking I see the Shroud all around me. Creepy goodness!I thought it was especially cool that elements of the series really came back in this book, like mentions of old characters, especially at the end, with memories of the Doctor saying goodbye to various companions over the years. It was not only cool, but that last scene was so emotional and beautiful. Also, I'm just going to put this out there, but there was a Mr. Williams, a veterinarian, in the US in the 1920s. Just. You know.The only negative thing I have to note is that the ending is a bit confusing. I know Doctor Who is not exactly known for its thorough (and believable) explanations of science fiction elements, but the wormhole situation was poorly explained and felt a bit rushed to get the climax over with. But that ultimately didn't keep me from enjoying the book any less. AND. As to the Whoufflé. There could have been more, but I totally understand that this is not fanfiction, haha. I love the dynamic between the two characters anyway, and Donbavand captured that perfectly. The subtle hints are good enough for me now and had me fangirling anyway.His words were drowned out by a piercing scream from the corridor outside. He flashed a grin at Clara. 'They're playing our song, dear.'Clara held out her hand. 'Care to do the corridor quickstep?' Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand 'Want to know what this friend is thinking right now?''What?' asked the Doctor. 'Is it that you'd like to be taller? Because I think you should be taller. When I hug you, I can feel your breath on my chest. It's weird.' Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy DonbavandThat is all.Summing Up:A fun, quick read! For Doctor Who fans who are bookworms like me, I think this series is probably the perfect solution to tide us over in between series. I mean, how am I going to survive the wait until November now? I might buy some more of these. In Three Words:Recommended To:Any Doctor Who fans, really.

  • Kandice
    2019-05-08 00:29

    I wavered between two and three stars. I’m still not sure. The characterization in this book was spot on. I could hear and see Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman as I read. Donbavand is obviously a fan, not only of Doctor Who in general, but of the Twelfth Doctor in particular because I don’t think I've read such a perfect written representation of a television character. Ever. That includes Max Allan Collins who I thought was the absolute king in this area.The Doctor and Clara are drawn to Earth on the day after the Kennedy assassination when the nation, possible the world, is experiencing a shared grief and heartache. Something is toning up the grief for reasons unknown until the Doctor arrives and discovers the Shroud. The Shroud was a terrific Doctor Who nemesis. An alien entity that feeds on grief. The Shroud searches your mind for the source of your most poignant grief and then impersonates it and twists memories to intensify your anguish. Dobavand wrote the Shroud well enough, and in such an exquisitely detailed way, that I feel I almost “watched” this episode unfold. The waffling has nothing to do with characters. My torn feelings are in regards to the plot. The first two thirds or so of the book was a joy to read. When we travel through a wormhole in search of the Shroud’s last feeding ground and meet the clowns...not so much. The entire premise of the clowns was just silly to me. Doctor Who requires a certain acceptance, affection even, for silliness, but there is a certain point where silliness becomes stupidity. I feel Donbavand crossed that line with the clowns.In the end the Doctor saves the day (of course!) But only by reliving his own moments of grief. Those of us that know and love the Doctor know just how much grief he has felt over his centuries of life. He again shows his willingness to suffer for others. It’s this willingness that causes those he encounters to trust and follow him. I would.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-05-01 01:27

    First of all, I HATE the reduced quality paper & printing that has befallen the series...courtesy of an American publisher, which is now providing Canada with its "Doctor Who" books. The result is disappointingly cheap. But I could have lived with it, had the story been enjoyable. Instead, I found it rather superficial, with most of the characters leaning towards bland. Meanwhile, the 11th Doctor & Clara seemed more like caricatures than the vibrant figures I've come to expect. The 1963 atmosphere isn't milked for its full value, while the inclusion of the clowns comes so drastically out of left field it left my head spinning. Only the lightning pace of the story & the gorgeous realization of the Brigadier's funeral raise this to the level of two stars. By far the least successful "Doctor Who" novel since "The Forgotten Army". That said, I believe this would have worked far better as a television script than a novel -- it's an extremely visual story that deserves a skilled camera & director more than prose.

  • Peter
    2019-04-29 01:37

    It looks like most of this author's other books are children's books, and it really shows in this one. The plot is simply bad (not even laughably bad), the main villain is not only not terrifying but in fact is incredibly boring, the Doctor and other characters are hollow dialogue-deliverers (delivering rather infantile dialogue), and the potential emotional impact from the setting in Dallas the day after JFK was shot goes woefully untouched. I enjoyed both Touched by an Angel and Plague of the Cybermen, but I can't recommend this book to anyone except young Dr. Who fans between the ages of 8 and 11. If you like your Dr. Who to feel smart, scary, and emotionally charged, you're better off watching Moffat's wonderful episodes Blink or The Girl in the Fireplace.To be fair, I would give this book a 3.5 or 4 out of 5 if the only people reading it were those young Whovians aged 8-11 I mentioned before.

  • Laura
    2019-05-23 02:37

    Fun, quick read with the 11th Doctor. On the day aftarer JFK's assassination, people all over the world are seeing the ghosts of loved ones. Why are they seeing these ghosts? Are they who they think they are? And what is up with those CLOWNS!?!

  • Nikki
    2019-05-19 20:14

    Confession: I’m actually a bit of a fan of Doctor Who tie-in stories. They usually have issues, but they can also be really fun. It’s a bit like getting to see secret adventures that never make it into the television show. Shroud of Sorrow is an Eleventh Doctor adventure and the first novel with new-ish companion, Clara “Oswin” Oswald. (FYI: I think this might be the only media tie-in novel featuring Eleven and Clara, which is really sad.) Over All Thoughts: Characters - From the writing style alone, I’m guessing that the author - Mr. Tommy Donbavand - had only been shown the 2012 Christmas Special and told a bit about the second half of Series Seven. Why do I say this? Clara comes off as a lot of generic traits. She just doesn’t seem like herself. She actually comes off as a bit too whiny and complains a lot – not like the Clara I’ve seen. And while there is some flirty Whouffle (Doctor/Clara)dialogue, the chemistry between the Doctor and Clara is missing. Actually, the Doctor’s depth is missing; he just doesn’t seem like himself. The rest of the characters (Mae, Warren, etc) come across as rather generic and just there to keep the story moving. No one really caught my eye or my attention. Writing and Plot - The writing style is fine, if over simplistic at times. And the plot is serviceable for a Doctor Who adventure. Though, I cannot help but this this would have worked better as a two-parter for a series of the show. The Shroud really could have used more development as an enemy and as a character itself. It felt rather, there. I have to wonder why Rose Tyler and Donna Noble weren’t in the ‘Bad Memories’ Montage. To me, their goodbyes were the Doctor were heartbreaking and probably left a large impact on him (and on fans of the “New Who” Series.)Overall, the novel is a rather fast paced read. (I read it in an hour and a half) And it does have some good moments. However, it’s not the best Doctor Who tie-in out there. 2/5 stars.

  • Joshua Bishop
    2019-04-30 22:33

    One of my absolute favorite Doctor Who novels. Granted, I have only read 12 in total thus far, more to come. I do not have a single complaint about this title.'Shroud of Sorrow' is full of what you expect from a Doctor Who novel or show. From humorous, playful moments, to a new enemy alien race that can manipulate space and time without the use of technology, to traveling to another planet full of battling tribes and blood thirsty, saber-tooth polar bears, and clowns. Lots of clowns. There is also a playful scene that digs back to the days of the Second Doctor.Tommy Donbavand seems to be a fan of the Doctor and to have actually done his research in the Doctor and Clara. He wrote both Eleven and Clara perfectly. The "whouffle" was present all throughout. I can't stress enough how refreshing it feels to actually read a novel with the Doctor and his companion acting like they should and being properly written. The author even goes into detail when describing body language for Eleven and Clara, capturing Eleven's essence perfectly.

  • James Parry
    2019-05-06 01:21

    Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow - Short ReviewAuthor: Tommy DonbavandAge Range: 10+Score: 9.7/10 - Fantastic, Very loyal to the seriesThe thing I loved most about Shroud of Sorrow was the dozens of references to the classic series and the new series. Most Doctor Who books feel detached from the series, like its not apart of Doctor Who universe. This book was different. I am a big fan of the classic series and that many references in 250 pages was just a dream come true. On the other hand the plot was not as good as it could be, it was good but not amazing or phenomenal. The Doctor and Clara were almost completely identical to the ones from the TV shows. The supporting characters were pretty strong but could have done with some more character development. Overall this book is definitely one of my favourite Doctor Who books, but I feel that its not for the right reasons.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-22 22:14

    This is probably more of a 2.5, but I can't bring myself to give it a 3. I did like the shout-outs to the old doctors. (view spoiler)[It's a bit strange that Donna and Rose are missing from the Bad Memory Montage, while Astrid shows up so many times. For fans at least, those goodbyes are far more painful than Astrid's. (hide spoiler)]The author has the Doctor more or less down, but Clara seemed a little off to me. I got a bit of a sense that the author didn't like her character very much- there's a lot more pouting, complaining, etc. It may not be on every page, but it's enough that it jumped out at me. I'm generally pretty good about suspending my disbelief when watching Doctor Who. I'm not sure whether it's because this is a different medium, but it was a bit more difficult for me to do that this time around. The Shroud just didn't work for me, especially when it came to the conclusion.

  • Ryan Denyer
    2019-05-09 02:14

    Most of this book was great. It kept you wanting to read it more with each page but the ending felt rushed and confused and let the book down greatly. I'd recommend it to all Doctor Who fans who are a fan of the fun episodes such as 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship' but not to somebody who likes the serious episodes. It's also full of references to the classic era to which is nice and it has a whole chapter dedicated to companion exits. I didn't understand the purpose of the clowns being there but they added a quite enjoyable couple of chapters so I'm willing to forgive.

  • William Cameron
    2019-05-17 23:11

    Kinda easy to tell the writer wrote this with only Asylum Of The Daleks and maybe the Christmas Special to go on, so Clara comes off as kind of a bunch of generic traits. She doesn't really get much to do except get swept along with the Doctor, for the most part. Where as the Doctor comes off much better, although there are times where his ticks and eccentricities are too much to the fore (IMO). all in all a serviceable Doctor Who story, a bit to uneven emotionally. It moves between humor and darkness really jaggedly which almost put me off a few times.

  • Annie
    2019-05-19 03:30

    I literally just flipped through the last hundred or so pages. This definitely didn't feel like Doctor Who and I don't think the writer did enough research on the show. To me, it felt like he'd only seen a couple episodes. I like that the Ponds were in the Doctor's flashback, but the Rose flashback should have been Doomsday related and there should have been a Donna one too. Overall, I'm very disappointed.

  • Hadley James
    2019-04-30 23:37

    I have read a lot of reviews about this book that were negative but I rather enjoyed it. It was gripping and fun and a nice change of pace from the more serious things I have been reading. I relise that some people cannot relax with a fun novel like this.

  • Adrian Mallabo
    2019-05-17 23:11

    Very Good Doctor Who book, and the first featuring Clara in the story. It moved at a very good pace, and there are loads of references to previous Doctors and adventures for all the die hard "Whovians" out there.

  • Beth
    2019-04-25 23:41

    Ahhh so much potential - 3.5*For 3/4 of this book, I really enjoyed it. I really did. I loved everything about: the references to Classic Who and New Who episodes (including scenes and characters); a strong and believable plot, and strong characters. I think the last 1/4 was rushed and the clowns were an actual joke. It was such a quick clean up and honestly I think there was a lot of potential completely missed. So yeah I'm pretty frustrated by the end because honestly it could have been perfect. Why did you do this, Donbavand?!

  • Stewart
    2019-04-27 00:23

    The first third of this book was really interesting, then it fell apart in the second third, and then in the final third it turned just wretched.Also, considering it took place in Dallas after the Kennedy assassination, it seems a missed opportunity not to have some sort of shout out to the Doctor Who premiere, which aired the day after the shooting.Avoid at all costs, especially if you have coulrophobia.

  • Daniel DallaValle
    2019-04-27 03:20

    It felt very much like a Doctor Who episode. Good story with a few sometimes over the top aspects thrown in. I thought he captured Clara particularly well; her bubbliness and quick wit. The Doctor was done well too, if not a bit too over done on his quirkyness at times. The sequence toward the end with the multiple flashbacks was fantastic. If you like Doctor Who, it's a really good read.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-22 02:39

    "Exits will be available when the doors fall off comically, or via the ejector seat - which i've just realised I'm sitting In. We do hope you will choose Wormhole Travel for your next nightmare-fuelled journey to a distant world. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the journey" - Shroud of Sorrow, Tommy Dombavand.If you don't like clowns, this one is not for you.

  • Cara Noyes
    2019-05-11 20:19

    One creature? Really? Faces in a coffee mug? Weird stuff! Written well, but too horror-like for my tastes.

  • Caro
    2019-05-20 19:36

    Kniha byla originální.Měla ale pár nedostatků - třeba, že Doktor říká sonickému šroubováku "sonáč".

  • Knihovnicka-Jedne-Knihomolky
    2019-04-23 19:21

    Líbil se mi ten nápad se Závoji, ale chybělo mi víc popisů a podobných věcí. I tak mám ale Doctora vážně ráda, takže fanouškům doporučuji. :))

  • James Perkins
    2019-04-24 23:12

    The initial premise was good: just after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, creepy faces peer out of different surfaces and animate, taking on the personality of a dead person the observer knew, manipulating guilt and feeding off their grief. Unfortunately the story was ruined by too much silly nonsense like a prelude featuring a bubble bath world, alien clowns crucial to the main plot, and far too many forced references to past adventures and past Doctors that make the whole exercise feel like amateurish fan fiction rather than a professional effort. The protagonist of the story, the Eleventh Doctor, behaves like a buffoon most of the time; instead of showing curiosity, empathy and determination, he darts about like a hyperactive schoolboy, spoiling the atmosphere with his inane prattle and complete lack of authority when he needs to take control of the situation. Into this mess, he throws very serious references, such as the book On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross - something a bit too adult for what is supposed to be children's fiction. Unlike her television version, companion Clara plays the role of a standard Doctor Who assistant, being feisty in banter with the Doctor but generally doing nothing other than following the Doctor's instructions. The audiobook version I listened to was read by British actress Frances Barber, who was good in the early scary bits describing the animated faces, but as the story progressed, did not change her voice enough for various characters, so it became difficult to know who was talking when there was unattributed dialogue. In addition, her American accent was awful, with plenty of mispronounced words, including an annoying habit of adding the strong "r" when it didn't even occur in a word, for example "grandmar". For something published in 2013, the fiftieth anniversary year, you would expect far better from the BBC. Unfortunately, this was nothing more than a caricature of the currently below-par Doctor Who - a sad disappointment.

  • Doug
    2019-05-22 00:24

    Ah.My review in a nutshell, there. "Ah." For here on out, I am simply...explaining. The first half of this book is pretty much pitch-perfect nuWho with a blend of capturing the Doctor's eleventh incarnation quite well and many nods to previous generations (sometimes in word, sometimes in deed). There are a couple of moments that lean a bit more RTD than SM (such as when the Doctor refuses to allow his devices that shoots energy out to be referred to as a "gun" even in jest), but if you were to compare it to "The Power of Three", you have the ups and downs of it: there is a crisis, the Doctor starts out a bit overly jovial and off-putting, the crisis ratchets up, and....well, ok. Let's restart with a tad more explaining. Cutting out the totally extraneous opening scene (inserted simply to tie the whole thing back to the first episode of Doctor Who), we get the end-which-is-a-beginning—The Doctor and Clara are rescuing a scientific crew from a planet that is for some reason now covered in a giant avocado suds bath. Then they head back to Earth, to end up in the hospital at which JFK was pronounced dead, right after the assassination. This is meta-lore for the show, because the first episode aired just a little over a day after the event. Here they find people being confronted by screaming faces that ripple up out of patterns and drops and coffee-stains and confront the victim with guilt and grief. A few cut-away shots to establish some primary secondary characters, a few shots of the Doctor fumbling at hitting his stride, and that's pretty much the first third of the book. We are good so far.The next stage is where the nuWho shine starts to look a bit pyrite, because like several episodes, the build up to the scenario is leaving precious little time or energy to solve the scenario. A couple too many characters are introduced. The side-plots start to feel a bit stretched. Still, we are moving in basically the right direction. One of those too-many-characters is a crisis moment that would normally have hit about the 35-40 minute mark of the episode, the over-the-edge push catapulting the Doctor into fixing it all in a matter of minutes (if not seconds). In this book, it is simply a prod to engage into Act II, which—after a sight tussle with authority—ends up......and while I would not consider this a twist worth of a spoiler tag, I figured I'd give you chance to back out and find out for yourself......on a world full of clowns. Well, not full of them. Where a special trained "strike force" of clowns battles the negative emotions. By...um...being clowns? Because I think what Donbavand has pulled off here is tricking us into thinking we are reading nuWho, when really we are watching a Seventh Doctor episode. And it is pretty damned dead-on a McCoy era romp for much of the action here on out, with an emotional landscape somewhere between late-stage Classic Who and DWM Comics Who. And it is earnest with it. You are supposed to take lines about transcendental clown cars and a clown army fighting off bad guys seriously.Up until right near the very end, where it suddenly reverts to nuWho and the ending that could have been done, basically, without the entire clown subplot, and true to the worst of overly-convenient-endings, the Doctor pulls some quick punches.For the "really weird Seventh Doctor fanfiction inserted into a fairly by-the-numbers nuWho story", I would dock a star or two (not that there is anything wrong with Seventh Doctor fanfic, I adore the Umbrella Man), but Donbavand really has done a great job with getting the voices and patterns down pretty damn pat (Clara being the biggest miss, but the book would have been written before she was more than just a concept, I believe). For that ability to embrace so much fandom, it is given a bonus of two stars. Those cancel each other out, and so we end up with three stars for a fairly enjoyable story, with way too much going on for it all to end up so quickly, and I would like to see a maybe novella length story from Donbavand. With that being said, I have three big complaints about the the plot, which I will Rot13 to protect from spoilers. If you need some help deciphering, I have a Rot13 page you can use, and there are others.1. WSX'f nffnffvangvba vf xabj fcrpvsvpnyyl nf n gvzr jurer rirelbar erzrzoref jung jnf tbvat ba jvgu pynevgl, gubhtu jr ner gb gnxr n JBEYQJVQR vasrfgngvba bs Gur Fuebhq nf fbzrguvat gung pna or vtaberq naq sbetbggra.2. Jr unir rfgnoyvfurq gung oernxvat gur yvax orgjrra n Fuebhq naq vgf ivpgvz jvyy xvyy gurz, naq lrg jr ner gb oryvrir (be abg pner) gung gubhfnaqf bs crbcyr jbhyq unir unq guvf yvax funggrerq ol ybirq barf jub sernx bhg hcba frrvat vg gur svefg gvzr.3. Gur "vg'f abg bire! QHA QHA QHAAAAAAAA!!!" zbzrag ng gur raq jnf gur haarprffnel pureel ba gbc bs gur haarprffnel vpvat gung vf fghpx orgjrra nyy gur ynlref bs guvf obbx.

  • Betsy Woodworth
    2019-05-18 20:18

    Really? Alien clowns? He had an interesting concept going for the first half of the book, but the resolution to it didn't make any sense to me.