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Doctor Who: The Space Pirates (Doctor Who Library (Target) #147)

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The charges detonate in a series of silent explosions, and space beacon Alpha One disintegrates into lumps of metal. The space pirates have discovered a new source of precious argonite…

General Hermack of the Space Corps diverts his V-ship to investigate - and arrives in the Pliny system in time to witness the destruction of another beacon. Determined to trap the pirates, h
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 15th 1990 by Target Books
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Christian Petrie
How to rate The Space Pirates, that is a hard question. The Space Pirates is one of the lost Doctor Who stories, that only one episode exists. Based upon that there is not a high rating of the story. I remember when the book first came out, the reviewer even said the design of the book was terrible. (I do give him points on that, since yellow text with a gray spine does not work.) So with a sense of negativity going into the story how do I feel about it? Not bad.

The book is not that bad, but it
Scott James
Aug 14, 2013 Scott James rated it it was amazing
I don't hand out a lot of 5 star ratings, but this tight novelization was the most compelling science fiction story I've read this year. It's not well-written, far from it. But the pacing, the characterizations, and the themes made me stop and think about my own work, and how easily it could be improved.

Despite its very 60's roots, this story could be written for today's market, and succeed. I deeply regret that only one episode of this serial remains, but we'll always have this book to make the
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]The good thing about the novelisation is that we are spared the excruciatingly awful accents of the original version (Milo Clancy is almost certainly Irish here). The bad thing is that we see even more clearly just how implausible the plot actually is. None the less, I felt Dicks was trying a little harder here, and he has made a pretty awful story slightly less awful.
Feb 22, 2011 Leela42 rated it it was ok
Second Doctor, Jamie, Zoe. Novelisation of a season 6 story of which only one part out of six has been recovered. Good writing, bad plot. Terrance Dicks has made it readable, but this has to be the worst classic Doctor Who episode--stupid and monotonous. If it included some senseless teen angst it would fit perfectly into Virgin's New Adventures line.
Nov 29, 2011 stormhawk rated it liked it
Rollicking space pirate adventurer featuring our favorite Time Lord in a tale replete with double-crosses and nick of time rescues. One of the missing episodes, the novelization does a great job of capturing the flavor of the series.
Jan 09, 2010 Travis rated it it was ok
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Nice attempt to show a more 'real' view of space travel and a bit of space opera without alien monsters results in a pretty dry and meandering story.
Nice attempt to try something different, but not a great story.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 24, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it did not like it
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Terrance Dicks tries VERY hard to salvage something here...but the source material is simply too uninspiring for embellishment.
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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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