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REVIEW: Silhouette by Justin Richards (WOOW, any Whovians here??)



Hahahahahahahahahahahaha It’s been a while, right?

Anyways, YES, IT’S A FREAKING BOOK REVIEW. Been a while lol~
Although it’s not A Darker Shade of Magic yet, but I’m completely okay with reading several books at the same time and finishing in different order hahahahahahaha

Yeah, this is exactly how I read and review books


Doctor Who: Silhouette
by Justin Richards

Rating: rating-5-stars
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Published: September 9th, 2014
(February 17th, 2016 for Russian edition)
Format: Hardcover

Synopsis: “Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don’t need to bother them. Trust me.”

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.

Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.

The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.

How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? This is where the Doctor and Clara come in. The Doctor and his friends find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem. Can they unravel the truth before the most dangerous weapon ever developed is unleashed on London? (cr.: Goodreads)


Justin Richards is a British writer. He has written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and he is Creative Director for the BBC Books range. He has also written for television, contributing to Five’s soap opera Family Affairs. He is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children. His Doctor Who novel The Burning was placed sixth in the Top 10 of SFX magazine’s “Best SF/Fantasy novelisation or TV tie-in novel” category of 2000. (cr.: Goodreads)


Doctor Who: Silhouette is a story for Twelfth Doctor (portrayed by Peter Capaldi), and his companion Clara Oswald (portrayed by Jenna Coleman), with the appearance of the Paternoster Gang a.k.a. Madam Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax. The story is set up in Victorian London.


First thing first.

I FREAKING LOVE THE PATERNOSTER GANG! Ever since their first official appearance as a gang in The Crimson Horror episode of Doctor Who. I actually never knew until I picked the book that these three were called Paternoster Gang, and always dubbed them as Victorian Trio, but nonetheless. These three are a complete package worth a separate Doctor Who spin-off just like Torchwood or The Sarah Jane Adventures! So pleeeease, can we have some of them? I’ll be ready to comeback to the Whoniverse just for them!

Okay, back to the book.

I’d like to have the actual Doctor Who episode with this plot, because it was good /within Doctor Who frames, of course/, and it, indeed, was a very pleasant quick read! Although Madam Vastra didn’t participate a lot most of the book, but I loved how Jenny and Strax each had their job to do, and when it all connected onto the same case – it was really well done.

Although the story was written for Twelfth Doctor, I kept imagining the Eleventh doing the case, although, of course, lots of this story’s Doctor traits were exactly of Capaldi’s one rather than Smith’s. Maybe it’s because Eleventh spent more time with the Paternoster Gang that it got imprinted in my mind, but I could easily imagine Eleventh Doctor also helping with this case, although I agree – Eleventh would’ve done it in his raggedy-man way.

Clara, to my surprise, didn’t annoy me at all. ‘Cause in overall new school DW series, she’s the least favorite character for me – she even managed to surpass Rose Tyler whom I disliked ever since season 2. Clara was annoying throughout season 7, but when Capaldi replaced Smith as the Doctor, the level of Clara’s annoyance just sky rocketed to Trenzalor, and I’m not even kidding. I specifically hate those kind of Doctor’s companions who think that they’re the only ones for the Doctor, and there’s no one better than them. That’s why I hate both Clara and Rose – both of them had those things going on.

Anyways, there’s nothing that much to comment on a story, because genre-wise, this detective mystery is definitely not on a level of Sherlock Holmes or anything Agatha Cristie’s, but, like I said, for Doctor Who format it was very well written.


Any current or former Whovians here? Who’s your favorite Doctor and companion? Do you read DW-related books?

Coming soon with another review, folks!

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