The 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)