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Published on July 14th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Abnett’s Ice Warriors!

Finally, after several months of rumours and speculation, the details of the 2011 large-format Doctor Who book have been revealed – and it’s an Ice Warriors adventure by Dan Abnett…

Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go ByThe first of these titles (ostensibly for mature fans) was Michael Moorcock’s 2010 volume The Coming of the Terraphiles, but despite a great review here and on other specialist websites, the adventure wasn’t that well received.

Fortunately BBC Books continue to recognise that there is a market for Doctor Who novels that aren’t aimed at 12 year olds, hence the continuation of the series with The Silent Stars Go By.

Abnett is a pretty reliable author, of course, whose credits include various Big Finish audios but we all now that the big draw here is the presence of The Ice Warriors, the ancient race of bipedal ice-dwelling reptiles from Mars, who are usually enemies of the Doctor and humanity (although not always…)

For centuries the Maintainers have worked. With no help from other worlds, they subsist on the food they can grow and that’s little enough. But their purpose, their whole life is to maintain the machines that will one day make their world as habitable as old Earth.

Life used to be hard. Now as their crops fail, livestock sickens, and the temperature drops, it’s becoming impossible. This year’s Winter Season Feast won’t be the usual celebration. It’s not a time for optimism or hope – and it’s not a time to welcome unexpected guests. The Doctor, Amy and Rory find a society breaking apart under the strain. Tensions are mounting, old rivalries are coming to the fore, people are dying…

And then the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors make their move. With the cold-hearted threat of invasion, the real battle for survival begins. Or does it? The Doctor begins to suspect that behind everything lies a deadlier, and even more chilling danger…

A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

With an RRP of £12.99, you can pre-order your copy of The Silent Stars Go By on Amazon for just £9.99 in advance of the September 29th launch.

(Via Dan Abnett’s blog)

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




3 Responses to Abnett’s Ice Warriors!

  1. avatar 23skidoo says:

    Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of Moorcock’s book. I’ve tried but I just can’t get past the first 50 pages, making it one of the few novels I’ve abandoned so early on. But I’ll give Abnett’s book’s a chance. I like the idea of annual books featuring big name authors (albeit Abnett already had DW novels to his credit before). Next year it looks like Steven Baxter’s turn (any maybe – fingers crossed – a Neil Gaiman novelisation of The Doctor’s Wife?). I do have to say the “regular” novels have certainly done the job for this 40+-year-old fan. Yeah, they’re pitched younger than the Virgin and earlier BBC Books novels, but you say “aimed at 12 year olds” as if that’s a bad thing. A little trifle called Harry Potter was aimed at 12 year olds and they’re extremely mature stories. Today’s 12 year olds are not the same 12 year olds who bought, say, some of the early Target Books.


    • yeh, you’re right, 23skidoo.

      I should have said “aimed at 8 year olds”

      Harry Potter titles are so much more interesting and less condescending. BBC Books could learn alot. Although IMHO they could start by bringing in more new authors.

  2. avatar Pete da Cald says:

    I haven’t collected any of the Who novels since the Missing/Past Doctor books and a handful of the New Adventures, most of the latter I could never get through though lived The God Machine which was a New Adv Ice Warrior Novel and Legacy which was a direct Peladon sequel both with the 7th Doctor which were exceptionally good, so may give this a try. My only concern is that this novel would ostensibly preclude the Icey Ones showing up in Series 7? Was so hoping they’d be the “classic Big Bad” reappearing as they are long overdue. Maybe for the 50th celebration series (and really hoping River and the 11th Doc have to travel thru the Doctors lengthy past to find something and get to see them inserted via cgi in some past Doctor adventures (like the wonderful DS9 Tribbles epis) would be wonderful esp if River really did get to flirt with the past incarnations as seems to be the case! And bring K9 along being the only classic companion not to have aged – he could help them on their series-long quest thru the past!!!!

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