Ian Hogg reads this thrilling novelization of a classic Doctor Who
Perivale, 1983. A column of smoke rises from the blazing ruins
of a forgotten, decaying mansion.
Perivale, 1883. In the sleepy village
of Greenford Parva, Gabriel Chase is by far the most imposing edifice.
The villagers shun the grim house, but the owner, the reclusive and
controversial naturalist Josiah Samuel Smith, receives occasional
visitors. The Reverend Ernest Matthews, for instance, dean of
Mortarhouse College, has travelled from Oxford to refute Smith’s
blasphemous theories of evolution.
And in a deserted room upstairs, the
Doctor and Ace venture from the TARDIS to explore the decaying
Who—or what—is Josiah Smith? What terrible secret does his
house conceal? And why does Ace find everything so frighteningly
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