- Publisher: BBC BOOKS
- Format: Hardback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 32mm | 481g
- Publication date: 29 November 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1849902437
- ISBN 13: 9781849902434
- Sales rank: 82,085
For centuries the Morphans have worked. With no help from other worlds, they subsist on the food they can grow and that's little enough. But their purpose, their whole life is to maintain the machines that will one day make their world as habitable as old Earth. Life used to be hard. Now as their crops fail, livestock sickens, and the temperature drops, it's becoming impossible. This year's winter festival won't be the usual celebration. It's not a time for optimism or hope - and it's not a time to welcome unexpected guests. The Doctor, Amy and Rory find a society breaking apart under the strain. Tensions are mounting, old rivalries are coming to the fore, people are dying...And then the Doctor's old enemies the Ice Warriors make their move. With the cold-hearted threat of invasion, the real battle for survival begins. Or does it? The Doctor begins to suspect that behind everything lies a deadlier, and even more chilling danger...A thrilling, sci-fi adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.
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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.
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.
Back cover copy
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 travellers 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?