"I do hope you’re all ready to be terrified!"
The Phaeron disappeared from the universe over a million years ago. They travelled among the stars using roads made from time and space, but left only relics behind. But what actually happened to the Phaeron? Some believe they were they eradicated by a superior force… Others claim they destroyed themselves.
Or were they in fact the victims of an even more hideous fate?
In the far future, humans discover the location of the last Phaeron road – and the Doctor and Clara join the mission to see where the road leads.
Each member of the research team knows exactly what they’re looking for – but only the Doctor knows exactly what they’ll find.
Because only the Doctor knows the true secret of the Phaeron: a monstrous secret so terrible and powerful that it must be buried in the deepest grave imaginable…
This particular Doctor Who novel brought to mind episodes such as "The Satin Pit" or even "Hide." The characterizations of the Doctor and Clara (which I personally find to be the most important part of these types of books) worked pretty well. There wasn't a whole lot that screamed out their television personalities to me, but nothing in them that seemed contrary to them, either. There were also several minor characters, who I amazingly was able to keep all straight and several who I ended up genuinely liking and caring about.
The plot was interesting, although sometimes it dragged a little bit and the writing could feel a little clunky at times.
One thing I did find a little annoying was that this year's batch of Doctor Who books are all part of a story thread titled "The Glamour Chronicles," but they didn't seem to be ordered in books 1, 2, and 3, so I basically just had to guess and pick one. While I think this is because the books are technically able to stand on their own, I really wanted to read them in order, and I think this book ended up being the last one. :P
This is the fourth Doctor Who novel that I read, and it was probably the most serious out of them, since it involves several character deaths. It also has more instances of language (d**n and h***) than the others I had read. I wouldn't say the language was overwhelming, but it was present.
However, despite these complaints, Deep Time was an entertaining read, and hopefully I'll be able to read the other books in this "series."
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.