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Doctor Who, The Silurians (Doctor Who Library (Target) #9)

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Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story named "Doctor Who and the Silurians".

While caving in Derbyshire, two pot-holers are attacked by a huge creature and one is killed. At the nearby Wenley Moor nuclear research centre, which is built into the same caves, there are strange power losses threatening the reactor. Not only is everyone is at a loss to explain these i...more
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Michael
Malcolm Hulke drew the short end of the stick when it came to the sheer number of episodes he was asked to compress into 126 pages for the Target novels. In his run of Target novels, he adapted multiple six part stories, one ten part story and this seven part story into novel form. And while "The War Games" feels like a bit of a Cliffs Notes version of what actually happens on-screen, "The Cave Monsters" is a bit more successful in compressing this seven-part Jon Pertwee story down into the allo...more
Michael
This was one of the earliest Target books I ever read back in the early 1970s. At the time I'd never seen the serial it was based on. I loved it. The cover promised great things for my young mind. Doctor Who - of course, strange green monsters, a volcano spewing lava (not in the story but volcanoes and dinosaurs equals Doug McClure fun to most kids of that era), and a Tyrannosaurus Rex - the gold standard in the children's league of dinosaur.
The story is largely exactly the same as the serial th...more
Steven
A progressive Doctor Who story from the early 70s as we're invited to understand that the lizard people, the Silurians, were Earth's original inhabitants, and that we should strive to peacefully coexist with them.
Christian Petrie
After loosing a month of reading due to participation in NaNoWriMo, getting back into reading. With picking up my Doctor Who reading again, come across this one, based on Doctor Who and the Silurians. Growing up I never did like the 'Doctor Who and the..' in front of titles. Luckily this book is far better than it's title.

When I first started reading this one, I had to go back and see when it was published. The reason is the you have more details fleshed out, compared to later stories. Which is...more
Stephen Henning
A cold-blooded thriller!

In the DVD/download/YouTube age, it is so easy to re-discover the gems of your childhood. It’s not so very long ago that all you had of your childhood memories were, well, memories.

Nostalgia is a bit of an industry in itself, and people delight in talking about the things they used to watch, or the books they used to read, when they were kids. Very often people will use the “Do you remember....?” as an ice breaker when meeting new people. Something all the talking head no...more
Matt
After having seen the short documentary about Malcolm Hulke's novelizations on the special features of the "The War Games" DVD, I thought I'd take a look at one of his novelizations. I think the praise heaped on him by the people who speak of Mr. Hulke in the documentary is merited; this novelization of his television serial "The Silurians" is the perfect example of what a novelization ought to be. It basically fixes all of the minor issues of the television story (like pacing) and adds a bit of...more
Sasha Stanley
This book is based of the British TV show, Doctor Who, which has recently reignited in popularity and has now spread to the states. This particular book is from the old Doctor Who in the late 1970’s. This book has to do with a pre-human animal that hid millions of years ago under earth because of an expected sun blast, which never happened, so they stayed underground hibernating until humans decided to dig past 21 kilometers which hit one of their bunkers. The animals, not knowing what is happen...more
Mel
I really enjoyed this novelisation. I've not seen the episode which probably helped. The book included more background characterisation for the minor characters, and history of the Silurians. One thing that was disappointing was the companion Liz Shaw, I'd not seen her in an episode so went to find out what she was like, apparently has 2 doctorates and teaches at Cambridge, but she did nothing in the book at all. As this was only her 2nd adventure I'm guessing they just weren't sure what to do w...more
Ade Couper
Well, this was something of a blast from the past......first read this when I was about 8....!

Back in the days before video & t'internet, if you wanted to re-live a Doctor Who story, you got the novelisation! The 1st few of these were exceptionally good, & this may well have been the best of the bunch. Hulke basically completely rewrites the tale as seen on TV , giving much more back-story to the protagonists, particularly the reptile men.

For a book ostensibly aimed at children, it cover...more
Scarlett Sims
Unlike the other Doctor Who novelization I've read, this one was based on one of the serials from the third Doctor. It was a quick and enjoyable read. I could really picture everything in the book through the lens of old-school BBC...tape? film? I never remember. I think it's tape. Anyway, at the end there's a bit of an explanation of the things that the author changed between the script for the serial and the novel. Apparently, he added a bit more characterization and backstory to the minor cha...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1032344.html?#cutid2[return][return]This was the second original novel in Target's series of novelisations after Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, the first of Hulke's six books for the range. It is a good one; Hulke tells the story in part from the point of view of the eponymous cave monsters (the word "Silurian" is not used here), showing us humans as alien vermin. He also makes the story a more overt parable about authority and power, and adds little bits of charac...more
Wendy
One of my favorite Target novelizations as a kid, and it still holds up for the most part. (The adult in me can't help noticing that Hulke apparently thinks that antibiotics are effective against viruses, and the main characters really do behave pretty idiotically during the whole plague subplot - the Doctor announces that the research center should be put under quarantine, but doesn't seem to think about stopping Masters from leaving and getting on a train to London. But these are minor annoyan...more
Daniel Kukwa
I find "The Silurians" to be a bit long on TV, for all it's epic goodness. However, Malcom Hulke's novelization as "The Caves Monsters" turns the TV series into something of a literary triumph. Very few novelizations expand and enhance characters with such razor-sharp precision, or expand on an alien p.o.v. with such amazing complexity. One of the best of all the Target novelizations...if not THE best.
stormhawk
Good Doctor Who stories are driven by character, and in the Silurians, Homo Reptilius we find a poignant story of a race displaced by history, that seeks to regain primacy over the primates who succeeded when the Silurian's world was threatened by an approaching planetlet.

Of course, the Doctor has a fondness for the primates, and works tirelessly to keep the Silurian's foul plans from succeeding.
Travis
One of the best of the third Doctor stories as it features a good location, neat monsters and a clever story, where the monsters aren't all together bad and the humans aren't all together good.

Starts out as a suspenseful monster story and ends with a clever look at humans making contact with aliens.
The new series really needs to bring back the Silurians. They were a cool monster.
JoAnn
Since I saw this episode recently, it was a lot of fun reliving it through this book. The differences were fun to spot and made the novelization even more interesting than the dramatization. I wish my local library had more of these books.
Mary
Good book i am enjoying the older doctor who novels they get more interesting each time i read one and there quick reads some are quicker then others

There all good stories and different takes on the tv shows
Iain
Pretty good. Dialogue is still a little stilted and shows its age as a result, but a good story with plenty going on. Makes a change having bad guys with an understandable agenda, and even arguing amongst themselves.
Karen
Prehistoric lizard people return to take back Earth. Another fine offering from Doctor Who. (Actually, I barely remember it.)
Catherine Gordon
Interesting idea that seems to have been resurrected in more recent Doctor Who episodes. Entertaining and fun.
Garret
Very disappointing. Nothing like the TV episodes (which were brilliant).
Lee
I love this book. Well written adaptation of Doctor Who and the Silurians.
Holly
So much fun! Great to read books based of episodes that already exist!!
Samuel Proulx
This book would have been much better with a better narrator.
Sean
Great adventure; informative and fun!
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Malcolm Hulke was a British science fiction writer best known for his tenure as a writer on the popular series Doctor Who. He is credited with writing eight stories for Doctor Who, mostly featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee. With Terrance Dicks, he wrote the final serial of Patrick Troughton's run as the Doctor, the epic ten-part story "The War Games." Hulke may be best known for w...more
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