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Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon (Doctor Who Library (Target) #43)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Fifty years after his first visit to Peladon, the Doctor returns to find that Queen Thalira has inherited a troubled kingdom from her father.

Membership of the Galactic Federation was expected to bring peace and prosperity to the planet, but the spirit of the sacred monster Aggedor is once more spreading terror and death.

The Doctor uncovers a treacherous plot to steal the m
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 30th 1980 by Target Books, Carol Publishing Corporation (first published March 1980)
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I love the Peladon stories. The idea of a medevil world trying to join a galactic federation and is visited by several alien diplomats is so good it could stand on its own.
Mix in Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors and it just gets better.

Intrigue, funky aliens and a cool monster. What more could you ask in a Doctor Who story?

Keiran Thegreat
A good novelisation of a classic television Doctor Who story. Terrence Dicks, once again, proves to be a master of converting a script into a readable and enjoyable novel. In this story the characters of Sarah Jane Smith and the Doctor are very well represented by Dicks, as are the supporting characters such Alpha Centauri.
The plot works on two levels, the simple story of a Queen struggling to lead her planet into a more modern age and a second more political story adult readers will appreciate
Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon on the other hand was a bit disapointing. I think part of the problem with this book was that it was a longer serial, 6 parts, and yet the novel was the same length as the shorter ones, so instead of adding anything to the story it felt like it was rushing through as quickly as possible. I just rewatched the curse of Peladon which I think is definitely one of my favorite episodes. I love Troughton's son all young, and Jo is simply brilliant. I love how the ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This really isn't particularly good. Hayles' original story was over complex anyway, including activist miners, imperialist exploitation, and feminism in a confusing tangle of plot strands which Dicks' novelisation rather fails to untangle and clarify. Definitely for completists only.[return][return]It is interesting that this and the previous story are both about external aliens (here, the Ice Warriors) forcing the natives to mine th ...more
Daniel Kukwa
A story that gets a lot of stick for being a less-than-satisfying sequel. But it's one of the first Target novelizations I ever read, and Terrance Dicks painted a wonderful picture of the planet of Peladon, and its problems. Uncle Terry even provides a recap of the previous story -- helpful to readers like me who weren't even aware (at the time) that there had been a previous Peladon story. In an era when Dicks' novelizations where thin, bare-bones monthly transcripts, "The Monster of Peladon" m ...more
Action packed episode that suffers badly from overuse of the word "Winkle" and being crushed down into the 144 page length established by Target.
The version I'm listening to is actually the dramatization from the BBC episode.
Nicole Schwartz
i listened to the audio book of the recovered episode, classy campy old who
Brian Williams
***star review only***
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Terrance Dicks is an English writer, best known for his work in television and for writing a large number of popular children's books during the 1970s and 80s.

His break in television came when his friend Malcolm Hulke asked for his help with the writing of an episode of the popular ABC (ITV) action-adventure series The Avengers, on which Dicks received a co-writer's credit on the broadcast. He als
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