THIS STORY TAKES
PLACE BETWEEN THE
TV EPISODE "TIME"
AND THE NOVEL
"DEAD OF WINTER."
OFFICIAL BBC HARDBACK
RELEASED IN APRIL 2011.
On Leisure Platform 9 gamblers and villains mix with socialites and celebrities. Itís a place where ITíS WISE NOT to win the wrong game.
With Rory kidnapped by a crime lord, the Doctor and Amy MUST infiltrate a deadly contest where THEY
become the hunted.
Itís a game that can only end in death,
and time is running
out for everyone.
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Hunterís Moon is a good, solid adventure tale. It introduces a new alien species, the Tor-odons - generally well-built, silver-skinned humanoids who have a patriarchal interstellar civilisation. Refreshingly, these aliens are neither one-note goodies nor faceless baddies; rather, they have a range of characters and moral codes - though, admittedly, a lot of them are pretty unpleasant. There are both lawbreakers and lawmakers here. Representing the better end of Torodon society is Kobal Zalu, a former soldier turned police chief, and an old friend of the Doctor (who, incidentally, seems to be revealing more and more old acqu-aintances these days). The novel has an impressively wide cast of characters, not only the Torodons, but humans as well. Early chapters alternate between Zaluís jurisdiction on a vast space platform on the Outer Rim, and rather less interesting locations on Earth, which do, however, introduce disenchanted ex-copper Harry Mossop, who ultimately proves to be one of the bookís more significant characters.
When Harry accidentally uncovers a people trafficking operation, he ends up in over his head in what is revealed to be a vast galactic kidnapping ring. Not only he, but his wife and teenage daughter, are abducted along with a whole truckload of other humans, and taken to Gorgoror, a former prison colony. Gorgoror, the hunterís moon of the title, has since been used by a Torodon criminal syndicate as a base for staging illegal, yet tolerated, human hunts. Wealthy Torodons pay through the silver nose to hunt these prey, and as long as no Torodon nationals are killed, the law tends not to bother them. Not only that, but the moon has been stocked with vicious beasts from all manner of planets - thereís even an Aggedor there!
The hunters are a nasty bunch, all told, particularly the leader of the ring, Lord Krauzzen, and his right hand man, the horribly stitched-up cyborg war veteran Zarbotan. The Doctor has to convince them heís the galaxyís greatest hunter when events necessitate his joining the hunt. Itís just about believable that he manages this, but it does take some swallowing. Still, he acquits himself well down on Gorgoror, and, although heís a bit too concerned with preserving the alien animals for his own good, heís capable of being quite a bastard when he needs to be.
Still, he wouldnít have had to go there at all, had it not been for Rory. For once, itís Rory whoís the head-strong, impulsive one here, getting into a high-stakes craps game with a Torodon crim. Out of his depth against the rotten cheat, he ends up wagering the TARDIS; and when he canít open it, heís taken as collateral, along with Pond. While sheís put into servitude on Krauzzenís ship, Rory is forced to take part in the hunt - as a target. Once on the moon, however, heís pretty impressive, holding his own against the myriad threats and teaming up with Harry to keep as many people alive as possible.
Hunterís Moon is not the most original or inventive tale the range has ever served up, but after its faltering start, it develops into a fast, enjoyable adventure with plenty of incident, some hissable villains, a few heroes to root for, and even the odd nasty moment.
Copyright © Daniel Tessier 2011
Daniel Tessier has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.
This novel's blurb offers no guidance to assist in placement. However, as Rory is now a time-travelling newly wed, we have placed this adventure between the television episodes Time and The Impossible Astronaut, the broadcast of which it was released it between.
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