Doctor Who And The Daleks (Doctor Who Library (Target) #16)
This is Doctor Who’s first exciting adventure – with the Daleks! Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright travel with the mysterious Doctor Who and his granddaughter, Susan, to the planet of Skaro in the space-time machine, the TARDIS. There they strive to save the peace-loving Thals from the evil intentions of the hideous Daleks. Can they succeed? And, what is more important, wi...more
While this was the second TV serial of Doctor Who, this was the first authorized novelization ever made in the franchise. So, due that, the author had to write an explanation...more
Written when audiences would rarely, if ever, have a chance to see the original seven-part story this was based on, author David Whitacker makes some interesting choices in the novelization of Terry Nation's original scripts. The first is to have the story told from the first person perspective of travelling companion, Ian Chesterton. This choice makes for some interesting moments in th...more
Unfortunately, the actual copy of the book is way more meaningful and gorgeous than anything inside its pages. The story is extremely different from Terry Nation's televised script. This is not the problem. Ian Chesteron narrates the story. This is a problem, but not THE problem.
The Daleks are hardly...more
I remember the weird feeling I had when I first saw the Dr Who story The Daleks. A strange sense of deja vu. It took my weak brain a while to figure out why this was. then it dawned on me. My childhood viewings of the Cushing films. I hadn't realised they were lifte...more
I've loved Doctor Who since watching it late on Friday nights on PBS--well before the recent reboot. Now I get to pass that love on to my kids, who have become more obsessed with it than I ever was. I recently bought several of the novelization reissues for the kids--especially for my 4th grader who is just at the point at which he'll may become a lifelong avid reader. Now that the kids have read most of the books, I get a chance to have a look at them too.
As extra features on a number of Doctor...more
It is interesting to learn the first Dalek story, but with the major changes mentioned above, I wonder how faithful the rest of the adaptation is.
My biggest problem with this book is only how the author chose to re-write how Barbara and Ian meet the Doctor and Susan. Other than that it followed the plot of the original TV serial closely.
Overall, I would class this book a solid success and a must read for both enthusiasts of the first Doctor, and those wh...more
The main difference is that the first two chapters are a revised version of how Ian, Barbara, Susan and the Doctor first meet and there is also t...more
Una storia del primo Dottore e di sua nipote Susan, con il primo incontro con i companions Barbara e Ian.
E il primo incontro con i Dalek
Non avendo mai visto la prima stagione del Dottore non so dire quanto il libro sia in continuity e quanto invece già agli inizi della serie potessero non badare a queste cose.
Immagino quindi che Barbara e Ian vengano presentati già a bordo del Tardis, come tutrice di Susan e accompagnatore scien...more
I did enjoy the book it was a lo...more
Thus, if you're...more
Doctor Who and the Daleks is the first Doctor Who novelization ever, and is based on the second televised story. Because it was considered a one shot at the time, as opposed to the first in a series of Doctor Who novels, the origin story is here (An Unearthly Child) in very changed form. The Cave of Skulls, The Forest of Fear, and The Firemaker are omitted entirely. The changes read well, but nonetheless will disappoint if you were looking to relive the episode. There were other changes as well,...more
Though Doctor Who and the Daleks (almost) shares its title with the movie film it predates, it adheres much more closely to the television serial, making only a few relatively minor changes: because The Daleks was the second Doctor Who serial (after An Unearthly Child) but this book is the fir...more
Now that I'm several decades older and...more
David Whitaker’s adaptation was, according to his Wikipedia page, based on Terry Nation’s original notes for the story. But...more
But despite what are potentially two major barriers (I know at least three of four people who hate boo...more
This novel was interesting in that it follows the Doctor's first encounter with the Daleks, long before the Time War and their bitter animosity. The themes it raised were also very interesting and I enjoyed following the Doctor's early huma...more
This is a novelization of the second episode of Doctor Who. His companions at this time are his granddaughter, Susan, and Barbara and Ian. David Whitaker did a won...more
The action sequences are well-written. The descriptions of the Daleks I think can give even a non-Whovian an accurate idea of how they appear.
Actually, the only issue I had, which was not the fault of story writer nor narrator, was that the CD version I borrowed from the library was badly scratched, which detracted from...more