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Doctor Who: The Invasion (Doctor Who Library (Target) #98)

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Materialising in outer space, the TARDIS is attacked by a missile fired from the dark side of the moon.

Back on Earth, the newly-formed United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, led by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, is disturbed by a series of UFO sightings over Southern England.

Meanwhile, a large consignment of mysterious crates is delivered to the headquarters of Internationa
Mass Market Paperback, 159 pages
Published October 10th 1985 by Target Books, Carol Publishing Corporation (first published May 1985)
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Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 Matthew Kresal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two types of novelizations: novels and novelizations. This one is definitely a novel. Ian Marter (who played Harry Sullivan in the early Tom Baker stories) takes this novelization of The Invasion above the faults and tediousness of most other Target novelizations. The result: a novel readable not only by the original audience but by older fans alike.

The best part of these books is seeing the deleted scenes and alternate scenes missing from the television story. These include a proper
Christian Petrie
Aug 13, 2013 Christian Petrie rated it really liked it
This is one of those rare Target books that covers the scope of the episode, along with adding extra, and fleshing the characters out. I had forgotten that Ian Marter wrote this, so when it came next up, I was looking forward to after seeing how he wrote other Target books.

Of course this is one of the classic stories about the Cybermen trying to invade Earth. Tobias Vaughn is helping them, but you have a lot of build up, since the Cybermen don't show up until halfway through.

When you compare th
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]The TV original of this story has just been released on DVD. This was an eight-part story when first broadcast, here cut down to 160 pages, so a rather extreme rate of compression. But somehow Marter makes it work as he failed to with "The Enemy of the World"; better material to work with, true, but I actually found the plot somewhat easier to follow in the novel as well. The villainous Tobias Vaughn, brilliantly brought to life by Kevin Ston ...more
Oct 29, 2016 Billy rated it it was ok
A 1980s novelization based on a 1960s story that templates the rise of UNIT and earth-bound invasion stories, 'The Invasion' by Ian Marter (who played Harry opposite Tom Baker's Doctor) riffs on themes of fear of technology and corporate fascism, but reduces its story to a lot of running around between buildings. I would rather read Isobel Watkin's photo essay on the events.
Rich Meyer
Dec 03, 2013 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
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One of the best adventures of the Second Doctor, his third meeting with the Cybermen has them on Earth for the first time, battling the forces of UNIT. This story has a definite Quatermass feel to it, and while the adaptation was excellent, it is really worth seeking out and watching the original serial.
Sep 26, 2009 Travis rated it liked it
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A so so story is saved by this being one of the very first U.N.I.T. stories and the cool idea of the Cybermen stomping around modern day London.
Plus, when U.N.I.T. shows up they get to actually fight and accomplish things, not just get treated like Star Trek red shirts.
Daniel Kukwa
May 20, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
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Eight rather over-rated Troughton-era, late-60s "Doctor Who" episodes, condensed into a rather brutal & violently-satisfying novelizaiton. Reading this you can tell that Ian Marter was both inspired BY the story...and inspired to MAKE it even better than the original.
Jan 16, 2011 stormhawk rated it really liked it
One of the more entertaining Who novels, action packed, to be sure. It features the first appearance of UNIT as they battle another attemptby thr Cybermen to invade Earth ... good thing Zoe is better at math than a 1960s computer or the world as we know it might be doomed!
Dave Wood
Jul 12, 2010 Dave Wood rated it liked it
For a while now I've been reading the Doctor Who Target novelizations in TV order from an Unearthly Child onwards.

The Invasion was a fun read with decent characterisation for all the regulars
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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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