‘The Graves of Mordane’ (DSL) (Book)


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Zombies and the Eternity Crystal with the Tenth Doctor

Yes! First it was dust! Now it’s zombies! 😀

After enjoying ‘The Dust of Ages’ in ‘The Darksmith Legacy’ book series with the Tenth Doctor, I was looking forward to checking out ‘The Graves of Mordane’, the second book in the series. ‘The Graves of Mordane’ is by Colin Brake. I find Colin Brake to be an intriguing ‘Doctor Who’ author in the series.

Colin Brake was a former script-editor on ‘Eastenders’; originally considered for the post of producer or script editor of ‘Doctor Who’ should the show have continued in the 1990s. A shame that didn’t happen, but since then Colin Brake has written quite a number of ‘Doctor Who’ books for the BBC. 🙂

These include a number of ‘Past Doctor’ and ‘Eighth Doctor Adventures’ like ‘The Colony of Lies’ and ‘Escape Velocity’ as well as some ‘New Series Adventures’ including ‘The Price of Paradise’ and ‘Judgement of the Judoon’. I have read ‘Judgement of the Judoon’ once but I’ll need to read it again.

It was nice to come across this ‘Darksmith Legacy’ book by Colin Brake and its good that he continues where Justin Richards left off in ‘The Dust of Ages’. ‘The Darksmith Legacy’ book series is very easy to read in each book and the story and the character are compelling to read for children. 🙂

Like I said, ‘The Graves of Mordane’ continues where ‘The Dust of Ages’ left off with the Tenth Doctor escaping from the robot Agent sent from Karagula. The Doctor has kept the Eternity Crystal in a stasis box in the TARDIS. Despite the Doctor escaping in the TARDIS, the robot Agent clings to it.

This is in the vortex. The robot Agent is pretty determined to recover the Eternity Crystal from the Darksmith Collective, no matter what. Eventually, the TARDIS lands on the planet Mordane. The Doctor meets up with three people – Captain Gomez, Caroline (Catz) and First Officer Jitan Chandra.

Mordane happens to be a peaceful cemetery planet. But at night, the dead come out and walk. The Doctor, Catz, Gomez and Chandra have to avoid the terror of the living dead of Mordane, who are animated by the Eternity Crystal. The Doctor must find a way to stop the dead walking on Mordane.

Like the first book, the story is divided into 10 chapters. There are also activity pages and TARDIS data bank pages intermingled with the main story. The TARDIS data bank pages are extra information on things like Mordane the planet of the dead and Places of Burial which are interesting.

The activity pages provide puzzles for the reader to have the chance to think like the Doctor. They’re mostly easy exercises, although I did have to use a pen to unscramble some codes for some burial chambers. Yes! Even I did one of the activity exercises! It was so irresistible to do the code breaking.

In terms of the characters, there’s not much to say about Captain Gomez and Jitan Chandra, though Gomez is more authoritative figure and less sympathetic whilst Chandra is more sympathetic. Catz is the feisty one who wants to find the gravestone of her grandfather, as he comes from a royal family.

Yeah, it’s gradually revealed in the story that Catz is the granddaughter of the late King Morrish, a Jethwa of the Folflower Royal Family in the Folflower System. She wanted the monarchy restored as she searches for the torc, her family’s birthright, belonging to her grandfather buried on Mordane. 😐

There is a suggestion that Chandra might’ve stolen the torc and Catz thinks he may have betrayed her. But as it turns out, Chandra was helping Catz in order to get the torc for her. I wonder how this story would’ve been if Chandra actually was the villain. It seems like there was a missed opportunity.

Gomez and Chandra also have a helicopter in order to rescue the Doctor and Catz from any living zombies coming for them. The days on Mordane do seem to be short as night comes very quickly for the living dead to come out. I don’t suppose many people go to Mordane to visit the gravestones. 😀

Having a zombie story in ‘Doctor Who’ is always fun and it was fun to read it in ‘The Graves of Mordane’. There is tension when the Tenth Doctor and Catz as well as Captain Gomez and Chandra are running away from zombies. Interesting that the zombies are animated by the Eternity Crystal! 😐

Eventually, the Doctor finds a way to ‘switch off’ the zombies on Mordane, using both the Eternity Crystal by taking it out of the stasis box as well as the torc and the sonic screwdriver. This gives the Darksmiths on Karagula that chance to locate the Eternity Crystal once it becomes active again here.

Yeah we get a few scenes set on Karagula featuring Drakon, Hellan and Talen regarding their situation in recovering the Eternity Crystal with the use of the robotic Agent. Not sure if those scenes were written by Justin Richards or by Colin Brake, as Justin Richards is in overall charge of the series.

The story concludes with the Doctor saying goodbye to Catz, Gomez and Chandra before he goes back to find the Eternity Crystal gone where he last put it. Shouldn’t have left it Doctor, shouldn’t you? He soon heads off to Karagula in the TARDIS to chase the robotic Agent who stole the crystal. 🙂

At the end of the book, there’s an excerpt from the third book in ‘The Darksmith Legacy’ series called ‘The Colour of Darkness’ to look forward to. Please bear in mind, the ‘Collected’ Party at the end of the book is out of date since October 2009 is over. Shame! I would’ve liked to have joined in! 😀

‘The Graves of Mordane’ has been an enjoyable book in ‘The Darksmith Legacy’ series. I like how Colin Brake carries on the story from ‘The Dust of Ages’ and I’m looking forward to what comes next in ‘The Colour of Darkness’. Will the Tenth Doctor get the Eternity Crystal back from the Darksmiths? 😐

‘The Graves of Mordane’ (DSL) rating – 8/10

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