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Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment (Doctor Who Library (Target) #56)

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Landing on Earth, now a barren, desolate planet, Sarah, Harry and the Doctor are unaware of the large, watching robot. The robot is the work of Styre, a Sontaran warrior, who uses all humans landing here for his experimental programmes.

What has happened to the other space explorers who have come here? Why is the Sontaran scout so interested in Earth and in brutally torturi
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 1st 1978 by Target Books, Universal Publishing & Distributing Corporati
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/763482.html[return][return]Marter may well have been tempted to write this from the viewpoint of Harry Sullivan; if so, I think he was wise to restrain himself.[return][return]He both adds and subtracts from the TV show here. He adds some simply superb descriptive passages which one really regrets were not realised on-screen. Harry gets almost an entire chapter to himself exploring the Sontaran spaceship, a passage completely absent from the TV story; and the nightmare ...more
Christian Petrie
Apr 22, 2015 Christian Petrie rated it really liked it
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After the strength of The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment by Ian Marter is a let down. It is not due to his writing style, but continuity errors with a classic monster from the series.

The story picks up from The Ark in Space, where the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry land on Earth to help prepare the way for Earth to be repopulated. Of course something bad is going on. One flaw with the build up to what is happening is the title of the story. So no surprise when the alien turns out to be a Sontar
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stormhawk
Jun 07, 2012 stormhawk rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread
Ian Marter takes a fairly standard Doctor Who story and turns it into a rollicking boys-own-adventure tale. His flair for description is unparalleled in Who novelizations, although Malcolm Hulke sometimes comes close in fleshing out a story beyond the boundaries of the small screen. The Sontarans are one of the more interesting Who villains, and their relentless militarism becomes as much of an Achille's heel as their probic vents.
Wealhtheow
Dec 31, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Sarah, Harry, and the 4th Doctor investigate a far-future Earth. A good deal of fun (though there's a dark section in which Sarah is tortured in a non-detailed way), but it does contain a particularly terrible technobabble explanation for one of the Doctor's miraculous escapes from certain death: (view spoiler) ...more
RC
Apr 12, 2014 RC rated it it was ok
Expands a short TV story, but fails to overcome the problems of the original.
Travis
May 25, 2008 Travis rated it really liked it
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Ian Marter ( who played Harry Sulivan) had a second career as a writer and wrote about a half dozen of these novelizations of TV episodes.

This is one of his best, as he takes what was a fun, but very short Doctor Who story and manages to expanded it to book length without any obvious/boring padding.
and he made that incredibly cheesy robot actually seem menacing.



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Feb 02, 2016 Almustafa Couch rated it liked it
A fine Doctor Who book, clearly a follow-on from the "Ark in Space", worth reading after the aforementioned book. As usual though some foreknowledge of the Doctor Who characters is a requirement.
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Ian Don Marter was born at Alcock Hospital in Keresley, near Coventry, on the 28th of October 1944. His father, Donald Herbert, was an RAF sergeant and electrician by trade, and his mother was Helen, nee Donaldson.

He was, among other things, a teacher and a milkman.
He became an actor after graduating from Oxford University, and appeared in Repertory and West End productions and on television. He t
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