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Doctor Who And The Enemy Of The World (Doctor Who Library (Target) #24)

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

No sooner have the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria landed on a sun-kissed Australian beach than they are being shot at by murderous fanatics! A dramatic helicopter rescue places them in the hands of Astrid Ferrier and Giles Kent, two people intent on bringing about the downfall of the world's most dangerous man -
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 19th 1981 by W.H. Allen / Virgin Books (first published March 1981)
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Christian Petrie
Sometime you can have great writers on a story and it turns out bad. Most of what I can say about this book is that it is bad. I can't blame Ian Marter for it, since it was working from the original story by David Whitaker. It is hard to understand how David Whitaker came up with this story.

The concept would sound interesting someone who looks like the Doctor is trying to take over the world. The book starts off with a strong opening paragraph by Ian Marter, then it goes downhill.

The story feels
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This was the first time Marter had tried to squeeze a six-episode story into 127 pages, so obviously some cuts were necessary, but the result feels very jumpy. Some lovely dialogue between Victoria and Salamander's chef has been completely cut by Marter; so too, more happily, has an unconvincing exchange about why they are guarding the prisoner in the corridor. (Slightly off-topic, but is this the only Doctor Who story with scenes set in Hung ...more
Adam Stone
Sep 24, 2014 Adam Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Doctor Who and The Enemy of the World which features a double of the Second Doctor as the titular enemy of the world, Salamander, which I am sure is much more effective on screen when you can actually see him portrayed by Patrick Troughton.

The novelisation is a very quick read and is also very pacy considering the original story is six episodes long. The story is not atypical of Doctor Who and seems much more like a James Bond type spy thriller which the plot is rather more typical of.

It is al
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 31, 2014 Daniel Kukwa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sometimes an author can take a disappointing example of "Doctor Who" on television and transform it into something remarkable in prose -- just look at Eric Saward's brilliant novelization of the otherwise ludicrous "The Twin Dilemma". Unfortunately, even Ian Marter can't save "The Enemy of the World" -- a story I find intellectually fascinating, but overlong, overly cynical, and with a conclusion best defined as "sudden". Marter tries to apply a harder edge to the plot, but in the end it's a sup ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
I really enjoy this one. Both novel and television episode were done in a good syle. Even if the tv series was better. Why? Because in the novel we don't get anything else besides what's on the tv. That's a shame. When you serialize you expect something more. But alas, that did not happenend.

So, Dr Who has a double and that double is a evil genius. That was interesting. You've come to see Dr Who with an charismatic personality that has power to be the master of the world. A person with unlimite
It's difficult to give a fair review of these novelizations. On one hand, there is nothing wrong with Marter's writing; it is pleasant enough to read, without any hint of convolution or pretense, and doesn't distract from the narrative. On the other, the story is actually pretty stupid. Obviously, Marter has to work from the material he is given, so he cannot be blamed, but that doesn't change the fact that this wasn't a particularly good book. Marter is worth 3 or 4 stars, but the story is not. ...more
May 16, 2014 Leah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thin story line. Terribly convoluted plan to take over the world. Not a very scary villian. The one redeeming quality: Astrid. A strong female character, who could kick ass and take names.
This was a second doctor adventure I'd not heard of (only one episode survives). But it was great. In the 21st century an evil villan has been pretending to save the world but actually is secretly causing the disasters he's trying to save people from. He also conicidently looks rather like Patrick Troughton. It's a bit silly but a reasonable attempt at distopia with a bit of post apocalypse thrown in. Without seeing the episodes it was still enjoyable. The companions were Jamie and Victoria and ...more
This Doctor Who novelisation is from the time of the second Doctor, when he was travelling with Jamie and Victoria. The enemy of the world mentioned in the title is Salamander, a man who makes his prophecies of natural disasters come true. What was really interesting about the television program is that the same actor that played the Doctor also played Salamander. In the book, you don't get to see and hear this transformation.
Nov 16, 2008 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting change of pace Doctor Who story, as this has some sci-fi elements, but it's mostly a political thriller with lots of plots, double cross and mistaken identity.
Not great, but interesting to see Doctor Who try something different.
Doctor Who meets Mission: Impossible.

Not that I think any of the Doctor Who books are great literature, Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World is choppier than most.
Dec 10, 2010 Becci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Australia makes it's one and only appearence - oh and the Doctor's double is taking over the world.
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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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