(ISBN 1-8460-7348-9)







 The old village well

 is just a curiosity —

 something to attract

 intrigued tourists, or

 visitors just making

 a wish. Unless some-

 thing alien could be

 lurking inside the

 well. Something

 utterly monstrous

 that causes nothing

 but death and


 But who knows the

 real truth about the

 well and who wishes

 to unleash the force

 it contains? What

 terrible consequences

 will follow the  search for a legend-

 ary treasure hidden

 at the bottom?


 No one wants to

 believe the Doctor's

 warnings about the

 deadly horror lying

 in wait - but soon

 they'll wish they



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Trevor Baxendale’s Wishing Well belongs to a world that I’d believed long gone.

It utterly reeks of the rural fantasia that Tom Baker’s Doctor would often find himself lost within - tiny villages with little pubs, remarkable characters, odd goings on... you know the sort of thing. This is a novel that manages to effortlessly fuse the fundamental tenets of the new series with the heart of the old, an incredible achievement in itself.


Those familiar with Baxendale’s many Doctor Who novels and even his relatively recent audio play will know precisely what to expect in terms of style and content, and somewhat inevitably Wishing Well is a predominantly dark and twisting tale that plays upon the myths and legends surrounding the fictional village of Creighton Mere.


The book is populated with some very interesting

characters. Perhaps I’m doing Baxendale a real

disservice by comparing this story with those old,

gothic Tom Baker serials such as The Android

Invasion and The Stones of Blood as the main

characters of Wishing Well are manifestly more

multifaceted than those you’d find in a 1970s four-

parter. A lot of this is down to the prose – after all,

it’s much easier to get inside a character’s head

through literature than it is through television. Even

so, thanks to the way in which Baxendale portrays

certain things like the quarrel between Angela and Gaskin, and also characters like the old vagrant, Barney, hes going to be continuously challenging many of the younger readers.


Now usually with these tie-in novels it really goes without saying that the regulars are both brought to life wonderfully, a testament not only to the skill of the new series novelists to but also to the performances of David Tennant and Freema Agyeman on screen. However, it

is worth pointing out that in Wishing Well, I was particularly impressed with Baxendale’s Doctor. The way in which, for example, the Doctor picks up strange objects off the floor and shakes them by his ear, or the way in which the author describes the Doctor’s trademark ‘eureka’ moments. really make him stand out. 


Disappointingly though, Wishing Well is devoid of any kind of hook or ‘wow’ factor. Though

it is certainly a competent enough story, there is nothing that would compel me to go out and buy this book if I were a more casual fan or, more to the point, a youngster with a very limited amount of pocket money. That said, if I were a casual fan or a youngster and I knew that the Doctor flushes a baddie’s brain down the toilet in this book, then I’d be straight down to the front of the queue at WH Smith clutching my fiver!


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