Doctor Who and Underworld

Doctor Who and the Underworld is a Tom Baker and Leela adventure and I have to say it was totally enjoyable. The book restored my faith in Terrance Dicks as a Doctor Who writer. The novelisation had lots of interesting back story about the Time Lords deciding to play god with a humanoid race they came across and how it all went terribly wrong! For an old who there was quite a bit of interesting philosophy here. The Time Lords had given a race...

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Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock

On a remote rocky island a few miles off the Channel coast stands the Fang Rock lighthouse. There have always been tales of the beast of Fang Rock, but when the Tardis lands here with Leela and the Doctor, the force they must deal with is more sinister and deadly than the mythical beast of the past.It is the early 1900s, electricity is just coming into common usage, and the formless, gelatinous mass from the future must use the...

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Blood Harvest

'Doc's peddling bootleg liquor in an illegal speakeasy. You’re carrying a gun for him, Ace - which makes you no better than any other gun-moll.'Dekker is a private eye; an honest one. But when Al Capone hires him to investigate a new joint called ‘Doc’s’, he knows this is one job he can’t refuse. And just why are the Doctor and Ace selling illegal booze in a town full of murderous gangsters? Meanwhile, Bernice...

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Doctor Who

http://nhw.livejournal.com/1019617.html[return][return]I m slightly surprised to report that Doctor Who - Planet of Giants is not bad at all, perhaps because it had only three episodes on TV and therefore Dicks has had to pad rather than summarise; and his own powers of invention, once brought to bear, are helpful. We do miss out on the broadcast story s key selling point, the visual special effects of the Doctor and company miniaturised to an...

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Doctor Who and the Image of the Fendahl

Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.When a tussle with a sonic time scan leads the TARDIS back to Earth, the Doctor and Leela discover strange happenings in a nearby lab run by the secretive Dr Fendelman. By night an eight million year old skull glos with a devastating power, leaving destruction in its wake. Already two people lie dead in mysterious circumstances. The Doctor is appalled. Can the...

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Doctor Who

A traitor to the Time Lords?Can the Doctor really be in league with the evil Vardans, spearheading a treacherous invasion of his home planet, Gallifrey?Or is he playing a deadly double game, saving the Time Lords by appearing to betray them?But the Vardans themselves are only pawns in the game, and the Doctor faces an old and deadly enemy, as he battles to foil the Invasion of Time.

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Shakedown

I think that Shakedown was not a good book. The story takes place on a spaceship and foreign planets. The plot brings the characters on the spaceship to the characters on the planet for the climax. The characters on the spaceship are Kurt, the first mate, Zorelle, Nikos, and Mari, who are passengers, and Lisa, the captain. The crew handle being attacked by warriors from a foreign planet very well. The theme of the book feels like fear/suspense....

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Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks

Novelisation of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story "Day of the Daleks".World peace hangs in the balance. Sir Reginald Styles, a high-ranking diplomat is the only person that stands between mankind and a third and final World War. But a mysterious and savage guerrilla force from the 22nd Century believe Styles is the agent that shaped their terrifying future and therefore must die...The Doctor and Jo find themselves flung...

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Doctor Who and the Web of Fear (Target Doctor Who Library, No. 72)

Forty years the Yeti had been quiet. A collector's item in a museum. Then without warning it awoke — and savagely murdered.At about the same time patches of mist began to appear in Central London. People who lingered anytime in the mist were found dead, their faces smothered in cobwebs. The cobweb seeped down, penetrating the Underground System. Slowly it spread...Then the Yeti reappeared, roaming the misty streets and cobwebbed...

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Doctor Who, the three Doctors ...

Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.Time itself is in peril! The three Doctors are united against an old enemy from the distant past of Gallifrey...Vital cosmic energy is draining into a black hole and the Time Lords are under siege. The Doctor is their only hope but, trapped in the TARDIS, he's powerless. The only way out is to break the First Law of Time to let the Doctor help himself -...

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Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters

Katy Manning reads this exciting classic novelisation of a Third Doctor TV adventure.The Doctor and Jo land on a cargo ship crossing the Indian Ocean in the year 1926. Or so they think. Far away on a planet called Inter Minor, a travelling showman is setting up his live peepshow, watched by an eager audience of space officials. On board ship, a giant hand suddenly appears, grasps the TARDIS and withdraws. Without warning,...

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Doctor Who

Sometimes, Terrance Dicks can puzzle me.Capable of amazing goodness AND bland assembly-line transcripts, he seems personally confused at the time of this publication, when Target's novelizations were broadening their scope considerably.Mere months before, he takes the worst story of 1984 ("Warriors of the Deep") and novelizes it with far more flair and attention-to-detail than it possibly deserves.Meanwhile, "The Caves of Androzani" -- perhaps...

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Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters

Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.The Doctor and Jo take the TARDIS on a test flight. They arrive on a cargo ship, the SS Bernice, that appears to be crossing the Indian Ocean in 1926 but is in fact trapped inside a miniscope — a banned peepshow of miniaturised life-forms — on the planet Inter Minor.They enter another section of the scope but find themselves confronted by ferocious...

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Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

When the Time Lords highjack the Doctor's transmat beam and send him back in time to stop Davros from creating the Daleks, he has no choice but to comply.Unfortunately, Skaro is a wasteland, torn apart by the war between the Thals and the Kaleds, and The Doctor and Harry are soon separated from Sarah Jane and fine themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.Can the Doctor prevent the creation of the Daleks and save his friends?So what...

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The Ultimate Adventure

Terrance Dicks is an English writer, best known for his work in television and for writing a large number of popular children's books during the 1970s and 80s.His break in television came when his friend Malcolm Hulke asked for his help with the writing of an episode of the popular ABC (ITV) action-adventure series The Avengers, on which Dicks received a co-writer's credit on the broadcast. He also wrote for the popular ATV soap opera...

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Doctor Who (Target Doctor Who Library No. 83)

The TARDIS arrives on the planet Manussa — much to the Doctor's surprise, because Tegan has mysteriously set the co-ordinates.But Tegan, once again a member of the TARDIS crew, is not her own boss. An unsuspecting medium for the sinister Mara, she enables the evil exile to return to his home planet.On Manussa the ten-yearly celebration of the Mara's banishment is about to take place. Only the Doctor realises that this could in...

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Doctor Who

When the Doctor returns to Gallifrey, he learns that his bio data extract has been stolen from the Time Lords' master computer known as the Matrix.The bio data extract is a detailed description of the Doctor's molecular structure — and this information, in the wrong hands, could be exploited with disastrous effect.The Gallifreyan High Council believe that anti-matter will be infiltrated into the universe as a result of the theft....

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Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius

Tom Baker, regarded by many as being the definitive Doctor Who, narrates this novelization based on a serial from the original TV series. Why do so many spaceships crash-land on Karn, a bleak, lonely and seemingly deserted planet? Are they doomed by the mysterious powers of the strange, black-robed Sisterhood, jealously guarding their secret of eternal life? Or does the mad Dr. Solon, for some evil purpose of his own, need the bodies of the...

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Doctor Who And The Planet Of The Spiders

Nozelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.In the last and most dangerous adventure of the Pertwee years, what begins as innocuous research into ESP turns into a deadly mind battle, with the terrifying spiders from the planet Metebelis Three pitted against The Doctor, his friends and Time Lord K'anpo.At a Tibetan-style spiritual retreat deep in rural England, a clandestine circle of chanting...

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