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Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon (Doctor Who Library (Target) #23)

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paperback 1st eTarget dition 1st printing vg+ In stock shipped from our UK warehouse
Paperback, 166 pages
Published February 27th 1974 by Target (first published 1974)
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Travis
Nov 16, 2008 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
A so-so Third Doctor story is saved by the return of the Master, and the introduction of Jo Grant. All her reactions to what's going on around her always felt very real and she and the third Doctor had a really nice relationship.


People talk about how great Rose was, and she was, but they forget that she wasn't the first Who girl to be written that way or even the best. She was just the latest in a long line.

There were some good ideas here, but it was a pretty generic sci-fi story.
Michael
Apr 01, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Takes a fairly forgettable and padded Pertwee six-parter and turns it into something special. Malcolm Hulke embellishes some things, fudges some continuity and delivers a story that works better as a novelization than it does on-screen.

Stuart
Feb 21, 2015 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tv-tie-in
In my high school and college days I read many of the Doctor Who novelizations. Few of them stuck in my memory as well as this one. I read it before seeing the tv episode (Colony in Space) and was glad I did. The visuals created from the written page were a bit better than the TV version (though that is good also).

The Doctor and Master do battle on a wasted planet to seek out a mysterious ancient weapon. They are also mingled in a battle between human colonists and the Interplanetary Mining Corp
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Kristina
Jan 14, 2016 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
There's a lot of added information here. We learn more about Gallifrey, the IMC, the colonists and the Primitives than can be shown in the TV series. However, I don't understand why this story is presented as the first meeting of Jo and the Doctor. It makes the relationship between Jo and the Doctor less warm. The author also skips some of the bantering between the Doctor and the Master thus making their relationship more black and white.
In the descriptions of the robots and Primitives you get t
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Christian Petrie
Apr 14, 2014 Christian Petrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
For the first time read a Doctor Who book that was not a Doctor Who book. This was a decent book, but just felt odd in the series. Malcolm Hulke did a great job of building backgrounds on the main colonist and the IMC captain. At the same time he expanded how Earth was in the future. This brought forth a good story between colonizing and mining. Issues that could be transplanted to any time.

The downside is at some point he had to through in the Doctor, Jo, and the Master. This book was written n
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Mel
I must check and see if Malcolm Hulke wrote the other Dr Who book I really liked. This one was particularly good as he added so much back story to the characters, particularly the "evil" characters. Here we had the evil mega corporation of a very cyber-punk style future Earth. Where people were forced to live in tiny apartments unless they worked for evil giant corporations, corporations that seemed to encourage murder as part of their ways to acquire planets. Colonists were viewed as suspicious ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 29, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
I praised Malcom Hulke's "The Cave Monsters" as perhaps the best Doctor Who novelization of all...unless you count THIS magnificent effort by the same author. IT may actually have a claim to be the most extraordinary Target novelization of all, for a number of reasons: (1) some of the most amazingly well-developed characters in any Doctor Who story, complete with inner monologues and thoughts of surprising power, ambition, and sadness; (2) an icon-cementing outing for Jon Pertwee's 3rd Doctor -- ...more
Elisabeth
Aug 27, 2014 Elisabeth rated it liked it
In the beginning, I was confused. Bring up the Master, and then start over with a completely different story? Introduce Jo like it's her first story? What?
(Turns out, it was Jo's first story to be novelized, which is why they wrote it that way.)

In the middle, I was depressed. Evil corporation pushing around powerless individuals who have no recourse. Some things haven't changed since the mid-seventies. The colonists are going to lose, there is nothing the Doctor can do for them. And where the he
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1033342.html?#cutid4[return][return]This was one of those books which, on rereading, failed to live up to my fond childhood memories. Hulke irritatingly switches between writing down for a younger audience and meandering into heavy-handed political parable. For whatever reason, it is written as if it were Jo Grant's first story; and the introduction is much more clumsily handled than in Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons. The back-story of the human colonists is r ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 15, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Well. It's. The thing is.

This could use a serious continuity edit. Or maybe a decision on the part of the author as to who he was writing for. Because it switches kind of abruptly from lighthearted adventure in space to political philosophy, and I liked the space adventure a lot more. Because as a dystopia, it was not that awesome.

Also when I can mentally replace Three with Ten and Roger Delgado with John Simm, albeit with a few mental gymnastics, your characterization might be a little thin. Al
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stormhawk
Feb 28, 2012 stormhawk rated it liked it
Shelves: reread
There really should be some maximum number of times that The Doctor and The Companion can be capture and held prisoner by the various factions in the story! It's entertaining, certainly, but surely there are better ways to move the story along or end a scene.

There is a strange confusion that comes with the passage of years. As I read this, I find the situations and turns of phrase familiar, but I am not sure if it was because I read it before, or saw the episode. Since some of my recall relates
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Anna
Mar 25, 2008 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Synopsis
The evil Master has stolen the Time Lords' file on the horrifying Doomsday Weapon with which, when he finds it, he can blast whole planets out of existence and make himself ruler of the Galaxy! The Time Lords direct Doctor Who and Jo Grant in their TARDIS to a bleak planet in the year 2471, where they find colonists from Earth under threat from mysterious, savage, monster lizards with frightful claws! And hidden upon the planet is the Doomsday Weapon, for which the Master is intently sea
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Leela4
Third Doctor, Jo. Novelisation of 'Colony In Space'. One of the more standout novelisations, as there is considerable background material and a strong visualisation of Earth in the 2970s. Quite gritty, though, which is typical for this writer; it may be a bit of a shock if one's been reading a lot of Terrance Dicks novelisations.
Bill Sweet
Jan 12, 2011 Bill Sweet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of fun. I can't quite justify reading the Target novelizations just yet, so listening on audio is great. I haven't seen this episode either, and I am sure to be disappointed after reading this, LOL. Really good, and the reader is quite good. His voice reminded me of Patrick Troughton, actually.
Justin Rees
Apr 13, 2011 Justin Rees rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-who
This was absolutely fantastic! As always stories with the Master are truly wicked, but this has the plotline and character perfection to back it up. Definitely give this quick read it's proper due if you ever have the chance, definitely worth your time.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Amusing. Not much else to say about it, other than it was very much 'tell' instead of 'show', even when it was evident what was happening.
Andy
BASED ON TV SERIES DOCTOR WHO AND THE COLONY IN SPACE. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRIS ACHILLEOS.
Alison
Even though this is listed as a paperback, I listened to a talking book version.
David
Jul 27, 2012 David rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
As a kid I had to re-read this as it went over my head the first time.
Becci
Dec 10, 2010 Becci rated it it was amazing
Anything with the Master in it gets full score from me...
Caitlin
Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon by Malcolm Hulke (1986)
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Malcolm Hulke was a British science fiction writer best known for his tenure as a writer on the popular series Doctor Who. He is credited with writing eight stories for Doctor Who, mostly featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee. With Terrance Dicks, he wrote the final serial of Patrick Troughton's run as the Doctor, the epic ten-part story "The War Games." Hulke may be best known for w ...more
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