The Doctor and his companion Sam come across a huge ship drifting through space. They are not the only ones to find it; rival groups from the warrinf Nimos and Emindar planets are desperate to get their hands on it. But there is a dark secret behind the mysterious ships' appearance.
A Doctor Who adventure that harks back to some of the TV series earlier episodes, "Vanderdeken's Children" is full of incident, suspense and sinister secrets. The Doctor is written well. He displays all the traits we have come to expect of him (fighting evil, defending the underdog) but with a flavour all of the eighth Doctor's own.
The supporting characters are, in the main, well rounded and perform their functions well. Sam Jones, the Doctor's current traveling companion, doesn't have a great deal to do - however, this is only a minor gripe. The book was entertaining and a worthwhile entry into the series.
The ending is ingenious to say the least, with as many, if not more, questions being raised than answered. If reading this book doesn't hook you on Doctor Who, nothing will!
Title: Vanderdeken's Children