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The Depths of Despair (novel)

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The Depths of Despair
DWDL4 Depths of Despair
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Gisella
Main enemy: The Darksmith CollectiveBlaska
Main setting: Flydon Maxima, 30th century
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Children's Books
Writer: Justin Richards
Release details
Release number: 4
Release date: 26 March 2009
Format: Softcover book
ISBN 978-1-4059-0516-9
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The Depths of Despair is the fourth book in The Darksmith Legacy series.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Doctor arrives in an underwater base on the planet Flydon Maxima — known locally as "Despair" because hope is lost for all life there. The scientific base has for centuries been monitoring the results of planetary warming — the slow melting of the glaciers at the south pole and subsequent rise in sea levels. Curiously their most advanced monitoring equipment was created and donated by Varlos. The Doctor is helped by a little girl called Gisella. Why did Varlos risk coming here? What has caused the ice to crumble so rapidly now? Can the Doctor evade the rampaging Dreadbringers, and sort out the attacking sea monsters? Who is Gisella and will she and the Doctor manage to escape in the TARDIS?

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

  • Psychic paper was used to identify the Doctor as an inspector when he arrived at the base.
  • The sonic screwdriver was employed to open doors and unscrew wall panels.

Notes Edit

  • A line that stands out in reply to the Doctor asking Hank, "Where's your sense of optimism?" is the reply, "It was sent home by my sense of realism".

The books Edit

  • Interspersed with the main fiction is:
  • The Darksmith Legacy's overall story was devised by Justin Richards who contributed four of the ten titles.
  • The Darksmith Legacy was certificated to 13, with under 13's needing parental approval.
  • This first book in the series was released along with the second before the remaining titles saw a monthly release throughout 2009.
  • Each book in the series was priced £4.99 (UK) and featured a foiled cover with illustration by Peter McKinstry

Interactive website content Edit

By visiting the website and participating in the Quest, participants can unlock additional content like computer wallpapers to download. The Quest itself features games (like finding a specific target in an image, by using the sonic screwdriver as a detector, to hone in (to register 100 on the scale). Once located, the "Target" then provides additional information used in further puzzles involving both words and numbers.

Continuity Edit

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