starsDan Abnett
BBC Books
2011

The winter festival is approaching for the hardy colony of Morphans, but no one is in the mood to celebrate.  They’re trying to build a new life on a cold new world, but each year it gets harder and harder.  It’s almost as if some dark force is working against them.  Then three mysterious travelers arrive out of the midwinter night.  Are they bringing the gift of salvation, or doom?  What else lurks out there in the dark?  What else might be about to wake up?

The Silent Stars Go By is my first foray into the extended Doctor Who universe of the book variety.  Yeah, that phrase sounded way better in my head before I typed it out. Gonna keep it there anyway. In any case, I find that reading the Doctor Who books go a long way in helping get my Doctor Who fix while I’m patiently awaiting the new series (we call ’em “seasons” here in the States) to start.

Here, we’ve got a nifty Eleventh Doctor adventure, with Amy and Rory along for the ride, and featuring the Ice Warriors, an alien race that’s obscure enough in the overall series that I actually had to look them up to verify that they were, in fact, a thing.  Turns out, yeah, they are, first appearing in 1967 with the Second Doctor.  Obviously not as popular as the Daleks or the Cyber Men, but still referenced once in a while on the show and other media.  Goes to show I still have a lot to learn about my beloved imported obsession, here.

The Silent Stars Go By is a fairly good read; as a Doctor Who adventure, the writer got the mannerisms of the Eleventh Doctor and his two companions down, and the story itself is compelling yet not complicated, very cinematic in its execution.  Overall, I enjoyed this bit of storytelling, but lament that it took me all of a few hours to actually read.  And at 300 pages, that’s not really all that uncommon for me really.

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