REVIEW: Doctor Who: Hunter’s Moon by Paul Finch

Title: Doctor Who: Hunter’s Moon
Author: Paul Finch
Year of Publication: 2011
Genre: Media Tie-In
Format: Hardcover
Length: 256 pages
First Line: “Malilk ran as he’d never run before.”

Summary: On Leisure Planet 9 gamblers and villains mix with socialites and celebrities. It’s a place where you won’t want to win the wrong game.

With Rory kidnapped by a brutal crime lord, the Doctor and Amy infiltrate a deadly contest where fugitives become the hunted. But how long before they realise the Doctor isn’t a vicious mercenary and discover what Amy is what to? It’s a game that can only end in death, and time for everyone is running out.

Review: It is my dearest hope that Paul Finch will never write a Doctor Who novel ever again. I have a deep feeling that to gather information in preparation to write this novel, he sat down one night, watched a couple episode of Classic Who, and afterwards watched about thirty seconds of an New Who, most likely a clip in which the 11th Doctor portrayed as Matt Smith, says something is cool.

The plot line is something I would expect from a Tom Baker era (or even Peter Davison for that matter) episode of Doctor Who. The Doctor and his companions go to a Leisure Planet (the Doctor actually wanted to visit an old friend and their past history is confusing to the reader since it never occurred in the TV show and they discuss it vaguely) and the companions, being companions get in trouble. One (being Rory) is ‘captured’ (explain later) and taken to a different planet in which rich people who are bored and fancy themselves as hunters like to hunt other humans as sport. Other reviewers have commented that the plot is similar to movies and books such as ‘The Running Man’ or ‘The Most Dangerous Game’.

However, The Doctor, Amy and Rory aren’t themselves in this novel at all. This doesn’t have a complex meaning (omg it’s a Ganger!Rory… I wish). Finch destroyed these characters and practically made up his own. Rory who in the show is less adventurous and more cautious of the three, is the one to how shall I say, screw things up? He gambles away the TARDIS in a craps-like game he doesn’t fully understand. Does that sound like Rory to you? Never mind that we all love BAMF!Rory, I am talking about normal Rory here. And of course Amy is mad when Rory is ‘kidnapped’. Sorry y’all it wasn’t kidnapping. It was part of the deal he made gambling away the TARDIS. Amy becomes a waitress. Do you see Amy as a waitress? Do you see Amy taking shit from other men? Do you see Amy as the voice of reason? No, you don’t do you? Finch ruined her. The Doctor in this novel has taken up violence. If you are a Doctor Who fan you know why I am mad about this.

Finch for some reason is stuck in the 70s and 80s of Classic Who, in which when the Doctor and his crew go to a planet, everyone on that planet has weird space names. There’s characters in this book such as Xaaael, Zarbotan, Zalu, and Xorax. Now there’s a slue of these guys with funky names. I for one could not keep them straight at all.

I’m just glad I finished this piece of shit. I like reading my Who books, but if Paul Finch comes out with another one, I am skipping it. This one was just too horrible. I honestly wouldn’t recommend this for anyone.

Worst part: Read review.

Best part: That it was over.

Grade: F

Other Books by This Author: Craddock and Medi-Evil 1

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