Doctor Who and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs (Target Doctor Who Library)
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Doctor Who and the Invasion of the Dinosaurs (Doctor Who Library (Target) #22)

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Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.

The Doctor and Sarah arrive back in the TARDIS to find London completely deserted - except for the dinosaurs. Has the return of these prehistoric creatures been deliberately planned and, if so, who can behind it all?
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 28th 1994 by Target Books, Carol Publishing Corporation (first published 1976)
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The writing in this book, as seems the way with most of the Target series, is a bit wanting. Everything seems to be overexplained, which is probably a side effect of trying to make sure the serial this is based on is put across visually in the same way. I have not seen said serial, but I can only imagine some aspects of this tale benefit from being imagined instead of having dated special effects, as charming as they may be, specifically with dinosaurs stomping around and knocking things over. T...more
ONe of the Who books that improves on the TV episode, as it isn't hampered by a cheap special effects budget.

The Doctor and JO Grant return to modern day London to find the people are gone and dinosaurs are roaming the streets.
So I'm reading the American editions of these books, as that's what I found in the second hand shop. They have an amusing introduction by Harlan Ellison saying how Dr who is brilliant and Star Wars and Star Trek is crap. They were obviously a late 80s attempt to introduce Who to an American audience. But in this case they kinda failed. They said this was a "Fourth doctor" adventure, but by the third time the Doctor had referred to Sarah as "my dear" it was pretty obvious that it was not! The sto...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I am not sure if this is the best of the Season 11 novels, as Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders clearly takes that trophy, but it is certainly the most interesting. It starts with a lovely vignette of a Scot in London for the football who becomes a victim of the dinosaurs; there are other little bits of depth added as well, Professor Whitaker becoming very camp, and a couple of odd extra details - the Doctor is described as hav...more
I've seen this episode of Doctor Who several times, but I've never read (or listened to a Doctor Who book). This was well read by Martin Jarvis, and frankly, his voice acting brought Sarah Jane Smith, and "The Third Doctor" to life for me. Well done audiobook, and a good way to spend some time while doing repetitive work.
This was actually one of the first Doctor Who novelizations that I read. Back in the 80s, Pinnacle Books released a set of eight who novels, with a particularly clever introduction by Harlan Ellison. I still think of his line about fans traipsing around (probably not in those words) science fiction conventions in a brother's discarded karate gi when they were missing out on the best filmed science fiction ...

Invasion of the Dinosaurs is an episode from the final year of Jon Pertwee's turn as th...more
Bog-standard Doctor Who Three and Sara Jane adventure, this time with dinosaurs, being used by a bunch of crack-pots who want to take Earth back in time. Well read by Martin Jarvis.
Doctor Who. And Dinosaurs! Though not on a spaceship. In London. Yay! The story is pretty good, though the writing was a bit odd in places. At one point the Doctor is pretending to have an argument with a fellow prisoner and they use terms like "to grass" which the author strangely feels like he has to explain every single one.

The intro by Harlan Ellison I could have done without. What's the best way to introduce American fans to Doctor Who? Obviously it's to insult two of the biggest American...more
Third Doctor, Sarah, UNIT. Novelisation of 'Invasion of the Dinosaurs' with some added details and scenes. One of the particularly memorable novelisations, and a good choice for someone unacquainted with Doctor Who. A catchy idea (London is deserted because of randomly appearing dinosaurs) disguising a thematic study of people's blind spots. The author offers no solutions, only consequences, and therein lies the drama. Only the Doctor emerges unscathed (and Benton, if you're looking for him), be...more
Daniel Kukwa
Another fantastic Malcolm Hulke novelization...this time of his final script contribution to "Doctor Who". Freed from the filler required for the over-long pace of six episodes, and spared the blight of the horrific SFX of the TV version, Hulke crafts another concise-yet-spellbinding morality play. The revised conclusion makes as interesting a statement about alternate POVs as you'll ever find in a Target novel.
It was an interesting read. Most Doctor Who books aren't that big, and with only 144 pages this was no exception.

The writing style was swift, simple, and yet nothing was rushed. Didn't take me long to develop a real Doctor Who feeling with it. :) - including that it was a bit cliche at some points... ;)
Harlan's introduction was the best part of the book. The rest of it is strictly for hard-core fans who lived in the days before VCRs and DVD players were commonplace. Take the performance part out of Doctor Who, and the fun takes a serious hit.
Very good. I got it for my daughter thinking I would just listen to it for her, but found myself taking it to work just to see what happened. It was very good, perfect for kids and those of us who like to use their imaginations.
Zeppo Young
I recently started to read Dr. Who books. They aren't the greatest written books, but like a lot of science fiction, they are creative.
I remember that I didn't really care for this one as much as Doctor Who: The Aztecs.
Dr. Who and the Dinosaur Invasion by Malcolm Hulke (1981)
Meh, I like the shows much better.
A fun silly little book.
James Andrew
an excellent read
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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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