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Doctor Who and the Creature from the Pit (Doctor Who Library (Target) #11)

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  168 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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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Adam Duclos
Jul 09, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great to listen to!

The good: It was one of my favorite Doctor Who serials, and it was read by Tom Baker himself! There were parts that were embellished (for example, the thoughts of the main characters, or little asides about what they were eating, or the point of view of the creature), but those were pretty good too! Also, Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor impression was spot on, and he had some pretty awesome voices for some of the other characters too, so that they were immediately recogniz
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April Duclos
Jul 09, 2016 April Duclos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun Tom Baker reading of an adaptation of the episode and it was a surprisingly good episode; though I did find myself hoping for a bit more explanation at the end about what came next and it loses a star for me because there is NEVER mention of what the heck all those metal-obsessed folks plan to DO with the metals they are so desperate to hoard...and their obsession is a huge plot point so that's very strange.

The Doctor and Romana land on a planet where metal is precious and a huge met
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Nate Rawdon
Jan 27, 2012 Nate Rawdon rated it liked it
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
Bronwen
Nov 08, 2011 Bronwen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tom Baker era Doctor Who fans
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, tv
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
Nicholas Whyte
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.
Leela42
Feb 22, 2011 Leela42 rated it really liked it
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!
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 23, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
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.
Travis
Sep 28, 2009 Travis rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
The 'creature' from the title is a cool monster and there's a clever twist concerning its origins, but otherwise this is a pretty bland Doctor Who story.
Becci
Dec 10, 2010 Becci rated it liked it
A metal free planet - and a tyrannical warlady...
Darrin Niday
Jul 26, 2011 Darrin Niday rated it liked it
a fun read
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