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Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon (Doctor Who Library (Target) #13)

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Again, the terrifying cry rang out. The Doctor quickened his pace along the gloomy tunnels of the castle. Suddenly, from the darkness lumbered the mighty Aggedor, Royal Beast and Protector of the Kingdom of Peladon!

The Doctor fumbled in his pocket. Would the device work? As he trained the spinning mirror on the eyes of Aggedor, the terrible claws came closer and closer...

Mass Market Paperback, 142 pages
Published June 1975 by Target
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Nov 21, 2016 Min rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The programme audio recordings with linking narration are definitely my favorites as it is like almost being there.
This specific episode, first broadcast when the UK was entering the ECC, and the strife then to the commentary on the times of today when the UK has voted to leave the ECC, with the same issues over tradition and progress. The sub-plot of science and religion only a ruse to keep the young king in line. This presents a moral/ethical undercurrent that isn't heavy-handed that kept the
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Dec 31, 2015 Peter Kelly rated it liked it
Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon is a novel written by Brian Hayles, based on a script that he wrote. The novel was published in 1974, two years after the script was copyrighted.

The Doctor cons his way onto a committee reviewing whether a Renaissance-level planet should be allowed to join a Galactic Federation. The decision process is fatally complicated by a priest who threatens the delegates with the sacred royal beast. Will the Doctor and his companion be able to fast-talk their way out of
Christian Petrie
To be up front, Peladon is another setting I have not been to interested in. I know it is another classic planet in Doctor Who, but I have just never clicked with it. So in starting the Curse of Peladon, I was not looking forward to it.

The major issue is the continuity error at the start. I thought this was due to the novelization, but it was in the TV show. The Doctor managed to work the TARDIS. He is in his exile by the Time Lords, how is this possible? Of course I did read in the TARDIS Wiki
Dec 17, 2011 Mel rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of my all time favourite Doctor Who episodes. There are interesting aliens, lots of plot twists, the bad guys who aren't the bad guys, diplomacy and the idea of freedom over religious superstion. There is also Patrick Troughton's son in tights. Jo being totally amazing, climbing mountains in high heels, attacking monsters with torches, brokering intergalactic peace, rescuing herself and not screaming or needing the doctor to save her once. The book must be based on an early ...more
Sep 05, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much to say about this one. It's original writer Brian Hayles' perfectly good novelization of his own perfectly good TV serial - and, because it's one of the earliest novelizations, he's taken the opportunity to flesh out the backgrounds of the characters and the situations a little bit. I'm not sure Peladon comes over as a more realistic society, but King Peladon himself carries a bit more weight when you learn some of his childhood, his relationship with his mother, and so on. The big ...more
Keiran Thegreat
Aug 11, 2014 Keiran Thegreat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the soundtrack of the television story Monster Of Peladon from the Doctor Who television programme. To some extent this story works better as audio because the ambitious character design and plot is not restricted by budget if imagination replaces props and costumes (to be fair though this story did work very well on television). Katy Manning narrates wonderfully and has some lovely comments to add in a short interview included on the second CD.
The plot revolves around the king of a med
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Hayles adapted his own TV script again; and it is generally a good version of a good story, with the excellent point that Alpha Centauri is much less silly on the page than on the screen. I felt that Hepesh, the high priest, was a little more three-dimensional in the original but basically it is a good effort.
Nov 17, 2008 Travis rated it really liked it
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I love the Peladon stories from Doctor Who. The idea of an alien world at a medevil level of technology being asked to join a galactic federation and having a bunch of alien ambassadors visit is cool enough, but then you add in the Doctor and it's just that much better.

A fun sci-fi romp. Wish they'd done more with Peladon.
Richard Noble
Feb 19, 2016 Richard Noble rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the audiobook of this more than the text version. the narration, music and sound effects were all excellent.
Dec 31, 2008 Joni rated it really liked it
What can I say? I've never actually seen the actual episode, but this made me laugh like novelisations rarely do.
Mar 11, 2012 stormhawk rated it it was ok
Shelves: reread
Not one of my favorites. Even to Doctor Who standards, this is far too cartoony. Prince Valiant in space, complete with hidden underground passages, a beastly monster, and palace intrigue.
Richard Noble
a fantastic audio book. Katy Manning's narration is excellent. as a story this is a really good example of what the pertwee era could have been.
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Brian Hayles (7 March 1931 - 30 October 1978) was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. His body of work as a writer for television and film, most notably for the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, lasted from 1963 to 1989.

Hayles wrote six stories for Doctor Who and is best known for his creation of the Celestial Toymaker in the 1966 story of the same name, the Ice Warriors, introduced in th
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