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Doctor Who And The Daleks (Doctor Who Library (Target) #16)

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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

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Mass Market Paperback, 157 pages
Published 1973 by Target (first published November 12th 1964)
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Alejandro
This novelization of the second TV serial of Doctor Who is a good example of the importance of having here on Goodreads not only a rating system but also the chance of writing a review. Since my 3-star rate having taken alone, could mislead my reasons of that over the quality of the TV serial from what this book was written.

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
Michael
This was the first ever novelisation of a Doctor Who tv story, first published in the mid 60s. To most fans of the show this book is all kinds of wonderful, being hugely nostalgic and a crackingly well written novel in its own right. Back then this was the only way to relive an episode. VCRs or DVDs were more far-fetched science fiction ideas than some ones in the show. David Whitaker was Story Editor on the original serial and here he takes Terry Nation's script and really adds life and depth....more
Michael
One of "Doctor Who"'s original leading men reads the first story novelization with "Doctor Who and the Daleks."

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
Adam James
The copy of David Whitaker's book I purchased is a beautifully worn first edition American publication from 1966 with its quirky original title, Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks.

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
Mary
This is a read-along with Paul's Target blogging. It is also the first of the re-released Target novels. It's teh only one I've bought so far but I'll probably pick more up in time. Paul gives a good overview of the new editions here.

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
Christian Petrie
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Neil

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

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stormhawk
Dr Who: The Daleks represents a real departure from what I'm used to in Doctor Who book ... first that the book is told entirely in the first person, from Ian's viewpoint, and second that the author has chosen to rewrite the story of how Barbara and Ian came to be companions.

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.
Cristian Cc.
In the book doctor who and the daleks you get to experience a more classic and original story and characters. At first I did not really enjoy the kind of writing and character personality's because of its time but little by little I began to enjoy it more and accept my whovianness. The book was about the doctor and one of his first companions go of on an adventure to a crazy world called skaro. Skaro is home to the doctors most deadliest enemies the daleks. Daleks are tin can looking shells with...more
Ross
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the fast pace of all doctor who novelisations makes for simple and easy reading that I don't feel I have to dedicate huge amounts of time to, which I love.
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
Adam Stone
Doctor Who and the Daleks is a book by David Whitaker based upon the television story written by Terry Nation, but this is not a straightforward adaptation of the television story, as there are numerous additions to this book that are added to the narrative making this book much more than just a novelisation, rather an alternative version of the story.

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
Scott Taylor
If you've ever wondered what the big deal is about Doctor Who and his nemesis, the Dalek race, this is a good place to start. Although this is a Doctor Who book, it is remarkably barren of alot of the gadgetry and lore that one might associate with the Doctor. A simple story at heart, the Doctor along with his grandaughter Susan and two companions Barbara and Ian discover the planet Scaro. Much of the tale is spent as build up between the four characters, how they met and how they all ended up o...more
Tanabrus
Storia del Doctor Who risalente al 1964, agli albori della Leggenda.
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
Malin
First published in 1964 with the title Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks (a title they really should have kept, in my opinion), this is the first Doctor Who serial to be turned into a novel. The book was written by one of the head screenwriters on the show, in a time when it was not common to repeat television, and before Doctor Who was the long running cult (and now mainstream) television series that it is today. For many people, it was the first introduction to the story of t...more
Michael
I thought this would be a fun little book to listen to on my Thanksgiving trip this year. The story is told from one of Doctor Who's companions . I’ve always found the odd little Daleks and interesting story point. Only having watched the 2005 season so far I wanted to know more about the Daleks. This book gave a little glimpse into what the Daleks are, but not enough in my opinion. I have more questions about the Daleks now than I did before I listen to the book.

I did enjoy the book it was a lo...more
Lee
This is a mostly faithful novelization of the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks. The biggest change comes about because there is no novelization of the first serial, and so the story of how Ian and Barbara first met the Doctor, and his kidnapping them, is instead adapted and crammed into the first couple of chapters here. The other alterations are mostly small omissions as a result of the story being told from Ian's perspective rather than the shifting perspective of the show.

Thus, if you're...more
Leanne

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,

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Koen Crolla
Two earlier passes through the same story — first in the television serial The Daleks , and then in the Peter Cushing movie Dr. Who and the Daleks — have made the plot to this book pretty familiar already.

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
Phil
Most of my experience with the Doctor started in 2005 with the 9th Doctor (and I'll admit that at first I was intrigued by a time-traveling madman that looked, sounded, and acted like a British version of a good friend of mine). I've had sporadic run-ins with prior incarnations since I was a small child, but they were solitary episodes with no background to what was going on. When I did find them, I mainly watched them because of the simplistic set designs.

Now that I'm several decades older and...more
Hiram Lester
Until video cassette recorders became available to the masses, the only way to experience an older episode of Doctor Who was through novelizations and the rare rerun (the number of reruns allowed was heavily controlled by contracts - a factor which contributed to the junking of episodes). As with modern movie novelizations, the book, while being based on the screenplay, is often different from what makes it to the screen. This can be for various reasons: the book is based on an earlier draft of...more
Victoria
Well, this is different. Most Target novelisations are direct adaptations of the script for the TV series. They might add in what a character thought to explain their motivations, include a scene that was in one of the original scripts but was cut for time, or fill in a plot hole, but in the main they are straight adaptations with little room for creativity from the author.

David Whitaker’s adaptation was, according to his Wikipedia page, based on Terry Nation’s original notes for the story. But...more
Don
Less interesting as an actual novel than as an artifact of a lost time. First published a year after the TV adventure it novelizes, this had to have been a treasure for the schoolchildren who wanted to experience the story again - in a time long before the advent of any videos on-demand - or for those who had missed it entirely, and had to listen with envy to tales from their pals of the strange, metal creatures known as "Daleks". As the very first novelized adventure, it has a few unusual wrink...more
Andrew
This is a book based on the second ever televised Doctor Who story, and the first one to contain the Daleks. It is odd in a couple of ways - firstly, it it written from the point of view of one of the companions (Ian Chesterton) and secondly, the book is written as though it if the story (at the point this was published in 1964 there were no plans to write other books so it had to stand alone).
But despite what are potentially two major barriers (I know at least three of four people who hate boo...more
Lianne
Despite being a big fan of Doctor Who, I never really have gotten a chance to sit down and watch some of the classic episodes. Luckily these books are an accessible way of introducing oneself to the classic Doctors and their adventures through time and space!

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
Liz
Without my own TARDIS, I will not be able to see the earliest episodes of Doctor Who. For those who don't know, back in the early days of television, the BBC reused their videotape to save money. So those episodes are gone. A few have surfaced here and there from stations who did not reuse that particular tape. But back to the novel...

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
Chelsea
I am a huuuuuge fan of doctor who so I enjoyed this book, though I have to say the intro by Neil Gaiman and the historical facts about the book were my favorite part. Learning about the daleks was awesome and it was pretty entertaining, but I had an issue with the first person. I think a mix of the time the book was written and the focus made the book at bit hard to get through, because Ian Chesterton's perspective irritated me to no end. His sexist, arrogant viewpoint bugged me, especially how...more
Yvensong
This is a well-done reading of the novelization of an early Doctor Who story. It's told from the point of view of Ian on his first adventure with the Doctor, Susan and Barbara.

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
Michael Kaiser
First DOCTOR WHO book ever. (Unless you count THE DALEK BOOK, which was more "comic" than "pros.") Pretty much like the episode it is novelizing, but with a new beginning that bypasses the UNEARTHLY CHILD inaugural episode so the author can get right to the Daleks. Definitely not a better opening, and I think it, along with making Ian Cesterton the narrator, was a disservice to the character of Barbara Wright, who seemed like a non-entity in this book. Still, I liked being privy to some of the t...more
Megan
I loved getting to know more about the first Doctor and this book actually made me want to watch more of the episodes available with him. It was neat reading a different way of how they (Ian and Barbara) met the Doctor and Susan. The way the women were treated got on my nerves, especially Barbara. She is a grown woman but the men speak to her as if she's a child and all she does is cry, scream, etc. - which is quite different than the one serial I saw featuring her. Still Doctor Who and The Dale...more
Colin
An interesting trip down memory lane, but an awkward, self-conscious first novelisation. The decision to use Ian Chesterton as a first-person narrator seems an odd one: he has little agency through most of the story, and often does no more than listen to lengthy exposition from the other characters.
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David Whitaker was an English screenwriter and novelist best known for his work in the early days of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. He served as the series' first story editor working on the programme's first fifty one episodes in this capacity.
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