The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett is the perfect example of a great concept book with a slightly poor execution. It’s the final book in the 50th Anniversary re-release of eleven Doctor Who novels, each one highlighting a different one of the Doctor’s regenerations.
I found the book to be engaging and a fun read. The second half felt a lot better put together than the first half and despite some small issues with how Amy and the Doctor were characterized, namely that they began to feel more like caricatures than in character, I would still recommend this book. The plot and the ideas in the book are very, very well thought out and the twist seems almost like an episode of the show except that it’s a bit darker.
That tends to be what the Doctor Who books do best, explore the dark corners that the show dare not tread in. I like that. I like the idea of being able to join my favorite Doctor at different points in his history and seeing the things he did between the episodes. I don’t think there are enough tie-in novels to current shows like that.
On the recommendation of a friend I’m reading another Doctor Who novel starring the first Doctor that’s also part of the same chain of novels. This one is called Ten Little Aliens. I started it and I have to say it’s already looking rather mature and impressive.