a real world point of view
|Main setting:||Lowith off the coast of Scotland, the 12th century|
The North Atlantic Ocean, the 12th century
|Writer:||J. T. Colgan|
|Release date:||5 July 2012|
|BBC New Series Adventures|
|The Silent Stars Go By||Plague of the Cybermen|
Dark Horizons is the third long-length Eleventh Doctor novel.
"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?
- Eleventh Doctor
- The Doctor met the Harlem Globetrotters in 1978. They taught him how to spin a basketball on his finger.
- The Fourth Doctor, K9, and an unidentified female companion (either Leela or Romana) make a cameo appearance during a segment of the novel set in the present day.
- This is the third book in its format. PROSE: The Silent Stars Go By and The Coming of the Terraphiles are the first two.
- This is the first Eleventh Doctor novel in which he travels alone, though he does work alongside two one-off companions - Viking warrior Henrik and Nordic princess Freydis. COMIC: The Dalek Project, PROSE: Plague of the Cybermen and PROSE: The Dalek Generation would also see the Doctor travelling alone.
- This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
- Freydis believes that the Doctor is Loki, the trickster god in Norse mythology. During his first incarnation, the Doctor was also mistaken for a god, namely Zeus, by the Greek warrior Achilles in circa 1200 BC. (TV: The Myth Makers)
- The Doctor tells Corc that he has encountered numerous sea monsters before but none which could cause fire to move on the surface of water. (TV: Fury from the Deep, TV: Terror of the Zygons, TV: Warriors of the Deep)
- The Doctor asks Luag if he likes fish fingers. (TV: The Eleventh Hour)
- When Freydis asks the Doctor if the TARDIS is Valhalla, he tells her that she is not the first person to mistake it for the afterlife, given that the First Doctor's companion Katarina came to believe that the TARDIS was Mount Olympus, (PROSE: Scribbles in Chalk, TV: The Daleks' Master Plan) and Beowulf also believed it led to Valhalla. (AUDIO: Black and White)
- The story was released as an audiobook in download and CD form read by Neve McIntosh.
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