155th out of 158 books — 109 voters
Doctor Who And The Creature From The Pit (Doctor Who Library (Target) #11)
by David Fisher
Tom Baker, regarded by many as being the definitive Doctor Who, narrates this novelization based on a serial from the original TV series. The planet Chloris is very fertile, but metal is in short supply, and has therefore become extremely valuable. A huge creature, with most unusual physical properties, arrives from an alien planet which can provide Chloris with metal from...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published May 12th 1983 by Target Books, Universal Publishing & Distributing Corporati
(first published 1981)
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A surprisingly interesting read, I had never previously read a novel based on a television series (or an actual episode), and I only found myself reading this particular novel having received it for free. Despite this, it would inevitably turn out to be a page-turning story that I found myself thoroughly enjoying. Knowledge of the show is not entirely required to properly understand the story, though it would make the read easier to understand. The length of the book makes this a perfect novel f...more
Nov 08, 2011 Bronwen rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Tom Baker era Doctor Who fans
I don't read novelisations very often, but Alex got a free copy of this with an issue of Doctor Who magazine and since it's one of my favourite stories from the TV show I decided to read it. It was okay! Pretty much what you'd expect from a novelisation, but with a few cute facts about the planet Chloris thrown in (that weren't in the TV episodes). It was also cool to compare the Creature from the show with what the writer originally had in mind. (David Fisher wrote the TV episodes as well as th...more
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1051656.html#cutid3[return][return]As with Fisher's other novelisation, Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive, he has bulked out the narrative with more background and characterisation; and unlike his other book, this one scores by being able to describe what the author imagined rather than the exceptionally naff special effects that were seen on screen. And I love the footnotes. Definitely one to look out for.
Fourth Doctor, Romana (II), K-9. Conveys the show well and clarifies some obscure points. In fact in many ways it's an improvement on the show, although from time to time the word count limitation gets a little TOO tight. Don't read a single word of the back cover if you don't want the entire plot given away!
The story remains preposterous...but once again, David Fisher brings buckloads of wit and imaginative back-story (complete with footnotes) to bear on his script. The result is a wonderful novelization that completely belies its source material.