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Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons (Doctor Who Library (Target) #63)

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Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.

The Earth is in terrible danger! The Master has arrived with an evil scheme to destroy humanity and silence the Doctor forever. His plan? To awaken the awesome power of the Nestene - a ruthlessly aggressive alien life form. With their control over all types of plastic, they form into faceless automatons, a w
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 1983 by Target Books (first published May 1975)
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The Master
Jun 05, 2009 The Master rated it it was amazing
Here he is, the Master! His debut story shows him doing what he does best: plotting, conniving, menacing his victims, forging alliances to suit his nefarious purposes and discarding them as circumstances merit. Throw in the Third Doctor, the Nestene Consciousness, new assistant Jo and the UNIT lads and this is a cracking adventure. The Autons creeped me out in "Spearhead in Space" and "Rose", but I have not seen "Terror of the Autons." With the DVD release nowhere in sight, this read is the best ...more
Jennie Rigg
Nov 16, 2015 Jennie Rigg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review might be tinged with nostalgia for how I felt reading target books as a child, when Doctor Who was on once a week if at all, and they didn't repeat old series nearly so often as they do these days, but this really is loads of fun. Dicks is clearly enjoying himself adding description to a Holmes script, and the illustrations work beautifully with the style of writing.

Reading Target books is like wrapping myself in a familiar duvet: so comforting. Recommended for anyone who's a Who fan
Jan 14, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very enjoyable story that introduces the Master. As expected the novel has a few differences to the televised story but nothing that grates and some which add to the tale. I particularly liked this final quote -
"You know, Doctor," said Jo suddenly, "I think you've got a sort of sneaking liking for him."
The Doctor looked indignant. "Like him? I can't stand the fellow. He's ruthless. Depraved. Totally evil. In fact, a thoroughly bad lot. Only..."
"Only what, Doctor?"
The Doctor looked a little she
May 18, 2012 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Doctor Who!
The Master, a renegade Time Lord and the Doctor's nemesis, is acting as a sort of Fifth Column element to allow a nefarious alien species called the Nestene to invade the Earth. Their favoured medium is plastic, through which they transmit energy and attack their enemies, particularly as the ruthless Autons. The Doctor repelled a previous Auton invasion, but can he do the same again?

This is a Third Doctor story that introduces one of his assistants, Jo Grant, who may not be the qualified scienti
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This is one of Dicks' better efforts - introducing three new regular characters (Jo Grant and the Master both get good introductions here, Mike Yates rather less so) and bringing back the Autons. The Doctor is an inveterate name-dropper, and basically more fun than the character as actually played by Pertwee. It is a very rare case of Dicks actually improving on a Robert Holmes script - certainly when I eventually saw the original TV ...more
Matthew Kilburn
Nov 26, 2015 Matthew Kilburn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Terrance Dicks's authoritatively accomplished retellings of a television story which he commissioned in the era which he most shaped, snappily introducing Jo Grant and the Master and including some succinct telling character moments such as his depiction of Rex Farrel.
Ant Harrison
Dec 20, 2013 Ant Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An exciting adventure from the era of the third Doctor, once more fighting those nasty Nestenes in the shape of the creepy Autons. Took me right back to my childhood as I zipped through this easy, but compelling story.

Author Terrance Dicks recreates brilliantly the characterisations of the Doctor, Jo, et al and I love the human touches that help ground the story and allow for that all important suspension if disbelief...something that (with the exception of Mark Gattis), few of today's Who writ
Dec 01, 2009 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Since this story was introducing a new companion ( JO Grant) and a new villain ( The Master) the writers decided to hedge their bet, by having an old monster return. The Auton's are even creepier in this story and this version of the Master just serves as a reminder that all the versions that followed were pretty watered down and weak.
Good solid story that gives everybody something to do and establishes the Doctor/Master relationship.
Aug 19, 2015 Vince rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novelization of a Dr. Who tv episode that I have read. If you are familiar with the television show, you get an idea of the original script lying just beneath the surface. For me, this made it easier to visualize the story. The writing is not on a par with an Asimov, Clarke, or Herbert novel for instance, but as a fleshed out film script they very well.
Jan 26, 2012 stormhawk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like first episodes, and this gives us several firsts ... first appearance by The Master, the best Doctor Who villain, and Jo Grant, who wasn't one of my favorite companions. The Autons are only mildly menacing in comparison to their appearance in Spearhead from Space. The story is chock full of action, and the story moves swiftly.
Daniel Kukwa
Mar 30, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was amazing
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Another early, old-school, Terrance Dicks classic. He takes Robert Holmes lovely dark-and-twisted version of Doctor Who and translates it exceptionally well into prose. It also comes with one of my all-time-favourite book covers (second edition, natch) THAT is a DW monster!
Aug 16, 2010 Thasc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very good story, well narrated, there's more to it then the televised version. Some cracking sound effects, and when Geoffrey Beevers reads the part where the Master is hypnotising someone his voice is electronically altered, it's almost as if the listener is being hypnotised too.
Aug 23, 2013 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still can't window shop thanks to this Doctor Who story and this audio book didn't help. Wonderfully read by the late Caroline Johns this is a must listen for any Doctor Who fans classic or new series.
Oct 09, 2013 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one a lot, but I do have a soft spot for this story as it scared the crap out of me as 3yr old. Not helped when I knocked over a department store dummy shortly after seeing the episodes. :-)
Matt Heavner
fun good audiobook listening for cruising through DC traffic. It was my first Dr. Who audiobook and I think I'll get more -- it was good brain candy.
Apr 11, 2008 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Master vs. the Doctor and UNIT. The Master has living plastic (later seen in the very first episode of New Who), but the Doctor is irrepressible.
Jan 29, 2011 S.e. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Doctor Who story.

Deadly plastic daffodils that threaten mankind. Need I say more!?

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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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