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Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth (Doctor Who Library (Target) #17)

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The TARDIS lands in a London of future times - a city of fear, devastation and holocaust ... a city now ruled by Daleks.

The Doctor and his companions meet a team of underground resistance workers, among the few survivors, but after an unsuccessful attack on the Dalek spaceship, they are all forced to flee the capital.

A perilous journey through England finally brings them t
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Paperback, 142 pages
Published 1977 by W.H. Allen
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Michael
One of the most memorable first Doctor stories gets a fairly standard adaption for the printed page. Part of that is the fact that this six part William Harntell story has some stunning visuals of Daleks gliding through the streets of a deserted, invaded future London. And part of that is that Terrance Dicks struggles trying to compress a six part story in to the 128-page count mandated by Target novels at the time it was published.

This re-telling of the story combines elements from the televisi
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Exidor B. Goode
This is the story where we lose Susan as a main character, and the growing distance between Susan and the Doctor is presaged at the beginning of the book (which suggests that even though she calls him “grandfather,” he may not be) and throughout where Susan mostly refers to him as “the Doctor.” There is a slight suggestion of a romance between Barbara and Ian here. The best part of this story is that the Doctor is portrayed as intelligent, resourceful, and clever, instead of the tottering old ma ...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1019617.html[return][return]Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth was the first Dicks novelisation of a Hartnell story. It leans a bit on the Peter Cushing film as well as on the originally broadcast version. Its most remarkable innovation, and improvement on the screen, is the Daleks� pet monster, the Slyther, which is much more terrifying on the page. But unfortunately a lot of the good bits of the TV story � the desperate chase across a deserted London in episo ...more
stormhawk
Doctor Who made a lot of changes in how episodic television works, including changing the idea of constancy ... you have expectations that your core characters will remain together through the run of the show. The Dalek Invasion of Earth breaks that pattern ... leaving behind one of the companions, which would ultimately become part of the show's charm, that the cast would change, but the adventures continue.

There are a couple of expected moments in the book ... turncoats, explosions, and The D
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Monkeyboyzmum
this was the story of Susan leaving the TARDIS. interesting read as I have never viewed this story
Travis
Classic Doctor Who Dalek story.
The First Doctor and company land in a strangely deserted London, only to find the Daleks have invaded and they won.
Our heroes are then scattered across occupied London and have to struggle to stay alive, find the others and help the human resistance to win back their planet.

Big epic feeling story which also has the very first 'companion leaves' moment. Really sweet scene between the First Doctor and Susan.

Nice example that they were doing big epic Dalek stories an
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Amy
This was fun to listen to on a drive from SLC to PHX.
Daniel Kukwa
As a novelization, it pares down the story enough to leave all the fantastic, nostalgic, and emotional elements intact...while wiping out those moments that, for lack of a better term, saw this epic TV six-parter's reach exceed its grasp (hello pie-tin flying saucer). It also opens with one of the best intro sentences to be found in any Target novelization. Mr. Dicks comes up trumps once again.
Sarah
Pretty much what the title tells us. It does play up Susan's leaving a bit, although it does also leave out most of Hartnell's speech at the end.
Iain Hamilton
How much for just the planet? Good novelisation but the overall plot is laughable now we look at it.
Becci
My very first Doctor adventure book!
Steve
A good translation from screen to page.
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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 als
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