doctor who - wishing wellTrevor Baxendale
BBC Books
2007

‘At the end of this tunnel is the treasure,’ said Nigel Carson.

The old village well is just a curiosity – something to attract tourists intrigued by stories of treasure, or visitors just making a wish.  Unless something alien and terrifying could be lurking inside the well.  Something utterly monstrous that causes nothing but death and destruction.  But who knows the real truth about the well?  Who wishes to unleash the hideous force it contains?  What terrible consequences will follow the search for a legendary treasure hidden at the bottom?  No one wants to believe the Doctor’s warnings about the deadly horror lying in wait – but soon they’ll wish they had…

Another book in the four-book boxed set featuring adventures of the Tenth Doctor, this one taking place in a current-day English town that featured as a centrepiece an ancient well that happens to house a long-dormant intergalactic sentient space plant thingie that’s recently awakened after centuries of sleeping, due to its brain finally arriving on Earth.  Don’t ask me to try and explain that.  Of course, the Doctor and Martha just happen to arrive in time for tea, and discovering the mystery laying literally underneath the town.

As a Doctor Who yarn, “Wishing Well” was a fun, decent enough romp featuring an alien entity that seems to be cribbed a bit from Lovecraftian mythology.  Nothing new when it comes to Doctor Who, really.  There are a few rather creepy moments, and the story kept things at a decent clip.  The ending was another happy affair that tied up nicely, which I’m beginning to get a mite incredulous about, really.  Otherwise, “Wishing Well” was another good Doctor Who story to while away a few hours.

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