Published on January 20th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley
The Doctor’s Dark Horizons
Jenny Colgan – writing here as J T Colgan – has written 13 bestselling Chick Lit novels (“Meet Me At The Cupcake Café” and “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” among them) and joins Gareth Roberts, Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter as authors of major Doctor Who books releases this year.
Albert De Petrillo, Senior Editorial Director at BBC Books, commented,
“Our Doctor Who list is a place to showcase talented writers and bold ideas – and it was a sheer delight to discover that Jenny Colgan, whose commercial fiction is so well respected and loved, was a massive Doctor Who fan. And even better to discover she wanted to turn her hand to a Doctor Who novel. We were deeply impressed with the originality and enthusiasm she brought to the task of writing an 11th Doctor adventure.
“Dark Horizons is simply a terrific Doctor Who story – fast-paced, thrilling and often quite funny, it captures Matt Smith’s Doctor perfectly and introduces some very memorable new characters as well. It’s a testament to Jenny’s range as a writer of quality commercial fiction, and a book I’m proud to publish on the Doctor Who list.”
Jenny Colgan, meanwhile, seems to have been waiting for this moment for quite some time!
“Writing Dark Horizons has been, as my friends and family already know, a dream come true for me. I grew up on Terrance Dicks and I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the ranks of Doctor Who novelists.”
Dark Horizons is the only Eleventh Doctor hardback in 2012. So what’s it all about? Let’s take a look at the cover blurb…
“Now, you may or may not have noticed, but we appear to be on fire…”
On a windswept Northern shore, at the very tip of what will one day become Scotland, the islanders believe the worst they have to fear is a Viking attack. Then the burning comes. They cannot run from it. Water will not stop it. It consumes everything in its path – yet the burned still speak.
The Doctor is just looking for a game on the famous Lewis chess set. Instead he encounters a people under attack from a power they cannot possibly understand. They have no weapons, no strategy and no protection against a fire sent to engulf them all.
Add in some marauding Vikings with very bad timing, a kidnapped princess with a secret of her own and a TARDIS that seems to have developed an inexplicable fear of water, and they all have a battle on their hands. The islanders must take on a ruthless alien force in a world without technology; without communications; without tea that isn’t made out of bark. Still at least they have the Doctor on their side… Don’t they?
A thrilling new adventure starring the Doctor, as played by Matt Smith.
While this £12.99 hardback isn’t released until 7 July 2012, you can get in early and order Dark Horizons from Amazon today for just £9.74!