Doctor Who: Wishing Well [Abridged] by Trevor Baxendale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I listened to the abridged audiobook version of the story. It was read by Debbie Chazen, who plays Foon Van Hoff in the Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned". It was a nice job, nothing disturbing.
The story takes place in a small English village, and centres around the wishing well in the middle. Strange stories and events surround the old well, and the Doctor decides to investigate with Martha. My problem with the story was that it reminded me too much of several other stories, most noticeably Doctor Who: The Art of Destruction and Doctor Who: Forever Autumn. They all take place in or near a small village, with something lurking under the ground. There is the old mind control involved, which is such a reoccurring theme, it's getting boring. Seriously, authors, think of something new. So this story gets points deducted for being unoriginal. There are some nice action scenes, but the ending feels abrupt. It may be because of the abridged version, but if it is, then they should have paid attention to that.
The supporting cast are very minor. I didn't care for them. A couple died rather abruptly, and what disturbed me was that the Doctor didn't show his usual concern about it. That could also be just the audiobook.
Overall, it was an okay story. Nothing really special though. I recommend it just for the die-hard fans, and out of the library, or borrowing from a friend.