Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By

Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By

by Dan Abnett


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An eleventh Doctor adventure, featuring the Doctor as played by Matt Smith and his companions Amy and Rory. 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 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, one of them claiming to be a doctor. Are they bringing the gift of salvation or doom? And what else might be lurking out there, about to wake up?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849905176
Publisher: Penguin Group Uk
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 614,095
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

About the Author

Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written over thirty-five novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series, and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies. His latest Horus Heresy novel Prospero Burns was a New York Times bestseller, and topped the SF charts in the UK and the US. His combat SF novel Embedded was published in 2011. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

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An entertaining, easy-going read and Abnett gets the regulars dead on . 4/5,A taut and readable book that exploits its isolated outpost setting to good effect. The Silent Stars Go By is certainly as solid a slice of Who storytelling as you’ll find this year.,Exciting, very good and a great read are the exact words that best describe Dan Abnett’s Doctor Who book The Silent Stars Go By,Like a hunting Martian ploughing remorselessly, effortlessly through freshly fallen snow of an ice world, the novel skilfully establishes its target and never fails to relinquish it; intrigue, scares, uncompromising adventure and all important character development... For a DOCTOR WHO novel, it’s both equally accomplished and accessible.

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Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Paradigm_Shift More than 1 year ago
Dave Abnett deftly weaves classic Who monsters with the New Who universe. His characterization of the Eleventh Doctor, Amy, and Rory is spot-on. Several twists and turns maintain the interest and the reader begins to wonder who the *real* monsters are in this story. It's a joy to see Mr. Abnett use the Ice Warriors and not recycle monsters like the Daleks or the Cybermen. Doctor Who has such a long and rich history that it's nice to explore races (like the Ice Warriors)especially when we haven't seen or read about in a long time. This novel is appropriate for Doctor Who fans of all ages. I'd definitely recommend this book and hope that Mr. Abnett will write additional Who novels.
prenoun More than 1 year ago
Including creatures from the show's past, several ingenious plot twists, a few enjoyable winks to time travel, and with writing that feels true to the established characters while adding its own freshness and originality, "The Silent Stars Go By" is a perfect novel for fans of Doctor Who.
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
I am relatively new to the Doctor Who universe. While I watch on Saturday afternoons on BBC America, I just couldn't get enough Doctor. So, what does a new fan with a nook do but search the web for a book! I came across this one and figured it would be worth a $2.99 and 184 pages, I figured if it wasn't good, I had little money and time invested in it. However, I was rewarded with a story that was breezy and entertaining. This story takes place during the time of the 11th Doctor when his companions were Amy and her husband Rory. I started with this particular book as I was most familiar with this incarnation of the Doctor and these companions. Our hardy trio is looking for a place to celebrate Christmas and end up on a planet inhabited by the Morphans - a group of Terran expatiates. While the planet is supposedly being terraformed into something more hospitable for human, it is instead getting colder and harsher. The presence of the Doctor and companions has not gone unnoticed by someone else... The author is a life-long Doctor fan, having first seen the Doctor in his 3rd incarnation. In writing this story, he balances the expectations people have for the 11th Doctor with a race of aliens from the 3rd Doctor's time - sometimes friend, sometimes foe (This enemy was seen by the 11th Doctor and Clara Oswald aboard a Soviet submarine in 1983.) On the whole, as a new Who fan, I was impressed that he was able to stay true to the 11th Doctor. He capably captured his wit and stream-of-consciousness thinking. He also crafted a story that kept me engaged and active in the story. BOTTOM LINE: This is a Doctor Who book worthy for seasoned and new fans alike.
ganymeder More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this. In all honesty, the eleventh Doctor is not my favorite, and Amy is my least favorite companion, but despite this I really enjoyed the book. I was only passingly familiar with the aliens, so that the reveal was a bit of a surprise. Rory was kind and resourceful, as always, and the ending was every bit as satisfactory as a Whovian could expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm almost done this book, and I wish that it had been an episode, it is that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. All of the DW characters were written in character and the plot was entertaining and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is my first Dr. Who book. I've watched the series and this book does a wonderful job of making me feel like I am 'watching' the series. It was easy picturing the Doctor, Amy and Rory as they get into yet another situation that needs the Doctor's touch. I could easily imagine the world that they visit and probably felt stronger emotions than what I would watching the show. I am usually cautious about reading anything based off a TV series, especially one I like so much. This novel did not disappointment at all. I know I'll read it again when I want to revisit the Eleventh Doctor and the Ponds. Sorry, Rory... And thanks Dave Abnett for the story.
Alexander-Thomidis More than 1 year ago
The book The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett was a very interesting piece of literature. If felt it was a combination of sci-fi and fiction because of the futuristic output the setting gives. It is set from the point of view of three characters The Doctor, Amy, and Rory switching from each time to time. Even Though the book can’t grasp the flow of watching it on the television it creates a nice feeling of what's going to happen next. Like other Doctor Who entertainment the enemy or problem is always introduced at the beginning of the novel or show, this book followed the same revolving format. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory were the main characters of the story but in this story were accompanied by other individuals. The actions and dialogue of the of these characters was spot on, I was very happy with how Abnett kept The Doctor’s flare or charm to him throughout the book. If you’ve watched the show before this is a good book to read because the characters are so accurate that you can visualize it as if it was an episode in your head. The other characters besides the three main ones, didn’t feel poorly written, they had emotion and sometimes gave me a chuckle at times but it didn’t feel rushed. There were conflicts within the story that really affected the emotions of certain characters. There was the main conflict which was between the Ice Warriors and the Morphans, which was external and continued until the end of the book. A large sub conflict was an internal conflict between the Morphans and their faith in the guide. This figures into the story because the guide as referred to in the book is what the Morphans use to deem something unguidely or not. This means that The Doctor, Amy, and Rory might have some trouble with the Morphans. The main characters Doctor, Amy, and Rory Williams Pond did run into conflict from both sides of the story, from the Ice Warriors and the Morphans. When these characters first arrive in Beside they aren’t greeted lightly by the Morphans. The characters are surprised to learn that the Morphans idea of weapons was not ideal pitchforks and shovels. On the other hand, the Ice Warriors have sonic blasters and swords. A one-sided fight. After Amy and The Doctor escape they go out to find Bel’s sister Vesta, but they end up trying to escape the Ice Warriors in the process. This book didn’t affect me on an emotional level but I can say it's the kind of book I will read again. This book got me thinking about the future and how things will turn out later and how civilization will have advanced so much. Seeing how in the Doctor Who stories humans aren’t the only intelligent life in the universe makes you think what's out there. I feel that I can connect to this book because sometimes I feel that some things are the right thing to do even when it isn’t specified if it can or can’t be done, and that idea is present throughout the book. To me this book was more for pleasure than anything because it’s more of a book you read, not to learn a lesson but to enjoy reading a sci-fi novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whike reading I would swear I could hear the music and see the scene.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice plot twist.
NCKuroNeko More than 1 year ago
The plot was good, but I just had problems getting into the story. I enjoyed reading about the adventures of Rory and Amy. It is probably worth a second read-through and I may appreciate it more the next time.
mtsilence More than 1 year ago
Beautifully craft story by Dan Abnett (who has written other Doctor Who Stories for other the other Doctors number 7 comes immediately to mind) This story makes use of the isolated outpost setting, with several plot twits that keeps you guessing, before the real 'evil' is revealed. Mr. Abnett shows great understanding of the 11th Doctor, Rory and Amy. The story pulls you in, and like a slow revealed picture blooms in your mind. This story would have been a brilliant Christmas Special.
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This author got the personalities on The 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory on the nose. I read through it in less than 2 days and felt like I was watching one of the episodes. I recommend this to any fan of Doctor Who, old or new. It will not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am making a doctor who club. Every day you can you meet at doctor who result 10 and make your title as the one above. If you think doctor is a bad series then " you are in campadable...delete Delete DELETE ". If you do like doctor who and your asking yourself " why should l join? " ( l would ask the same question ) you should join for the sake of loving time lords named the doctor. We meet at result 10 and talk about our favorite parts in the series and if you dont consider yourself a whovian then join and we will call you whovians. Thanks for joining fellow whovians! I hope to see you soon ~ DOCTOR WHO FAN
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Post this on 3 books then look under you pillow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who is the doctor? I'll tell you. He is fire and rage. He is like the night. He is the oncoming storm. He is the savior of a thousand worlds and the destroyer of his own. He can feel the world hurling, millions of miles a second and can see the turn of the universe. He is ancient and forever, and he is wonderful. But, most of all, he is the Doctor. He heals, and helps those who can't help themselves. And he has suffered more heartbreak than any other man should. Now he prefers isolation to the possibility of pains return. Then he met her. His impossible girl. She showed him what it means to be the doctor once again, and with one word. Pond. Thank you for taking the time out of your day for reading about my time lord. I wish he would come back. Its funny. People think tha he stole a TARDIS and ran away. Its really the other way around. I stolw a time lord and ran away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Post this on 3 books and look under ur pellow.
BookWyrm11 More than 1 year ago
The author has a great writing style and has captured these characters perfectly. The storyline is engaging and interesting, and the pacing is perfect - quick, but not too quick. I didn't want to put it down once I started it; it's one of those books where when you know you need to turn in for the night or do something else besides sit back and read, you say to yourself "just one more chapter," and it always turns into many more.
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