The Cabinet of Light

by Daniel O'Mahony

Telos, 2003

The four best Dr Who books this year have been published by Telos and the best of those is "The Cabinet of Light". This is a fantastic book, with gorgeous prose, striking imagery, strong characters and a sophisticated tale.

It's a grim story, both unlike most Who and yet with more to say about Who than most. It's an original story: I can suggest influences like "Swamp Thing" and "Donnie Darko", but it isn't as close to its sources as Aaronovitch and Banks or Miles and Morrison.

It's a subtle story. It's a witty story. O'Mahony didn't write this as a pilot, yet it's as good a beginning as the Time Hunter series could wish for. Look, just go buy it, OK?

Henry Potts, 22 Jul 2003

Originally posted to the Jade Pagoda mailing list.

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