The Depths of Despair is the fourth book in The Darksmith Legacy series.
The Doctor arrives in an underwater base on the planet Flydon Maxima - known locally as 'Despair' because hope is lost for all life there. The scientific base has for centuries been monitoring the results of planetary warming - the slow melting of the glaciers at the south pole and subsequent rise in sea levels. Curiously their most advanced monitoring equipment was created and donated by Varlos. The Doctor is helped by a little girl called Gisella. Why did Varlos risk coming here? What has caused the ice to crumble so rapidly now? Can the Doctor evade the rampaging Dreadbringers, and sort out the attacking sea monsters? Who is Gisella and will she and the Doctor manage to escape in the TARDIS?
- The Doctor
- Brother Krazon
- High Minister Drakon
- Captain Strova
- Private Lenk
- Private Rodoff
- Psychic paper was used to identitify himself as an inspector when he arrived at the base.
- The sonic screwdriver was employed to open doors and unscrew wall panels.
- The Doctor’s TARDIS was used as a device to enable the Doctor to hack into the computerised system of the base.
- The Doctor's reference to ‘Humans taking things that don’t belong to them’, and his immediate hesitation could be because he realises he is guilty of stealing the Eternity Crystal or further back to actually stealing the TARDIS.
A line that stands out in reply to the Doctor asking Hank "Where's your sense of optimism?" is the reply "It was sent home by my sense of realism".
- Interspersed with the main fiction is:
- The Darksmith Legacy's overall story was devised by Justin Richards who contributed four of the ten titles.
- The Darksmith Legacy was certificated to 13, with under 13's needing parental approval.
- This first book in the series was released along with the second before the remaining titles saw a monthly release throughout 2009.
- Each book in the series was priced £4.99 (UK) and featured a foiled cover with illustration by Peter McKinstry
Interactive Website Content
By visiting the website and participating in the Quest participants can unlock additional content like computer wallpapers to download. The Quest itself features; games - (like finding a specific target in an image, by using the sonic screwdriver as a detector, to hone in (to register 100 on the scale). Once located the 'Target' then provides additional information used in further puzzles involving both words and numbers.
Gratuitous references include the Doctors remark about the TARDIS being able to withstand the might of the Pyroviles – not a great example as they never tried!
- The Depths of Despair takes place after TDL: The Colour of Darkness
- The Depths of Despair takes place before TDL: The Vampire of Paris