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Doctor Who: The Mysterious Planet (Doctor Who Library (Target) #127)

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The TARDIS has been taken out of time and the Doctor has been brought before a court of his fellow Time Lords. There the sinister Valeyard accuses the Doctor of breaking Gallifrey's most important law and interfering in the affairs of other planets.

If the Valeyard can prove him guilty, the Doctor must sacrifice his remaining regenerations. To prove his case the Valeyard fo
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Universal Publishing & Distributing Corporation (first published November 1987)
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Michael
One of Terrance Dicks' final entries in the classic Doctor Who Target novel line, "The Mysterious Planet" feels more like Dicks going through the motions than anything else.

It's hard to read this and recall that Dicks delivered some really good adaptation in his day -- "Day of the Daleks" and "The Auton Invasion" are two that immediately spring to mind. And even when he was churning out a book a month, the output by Uncle Terrance just felt better then than it does here.

And yet, of all of the no
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Paul
Feb 13, 2017 Paul rated it really liked it
Always had a soft spot for this story.
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May 28, 2017 A Bald Mage** Steve rated it liked it
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Re worked idea but nice and pleasant to read I enjoyed Trial of the Timelord very under rated.... 6/10
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1068930.html?style=mine#cutid6[return][return]This is not one of Dicks' greatest efforts. I've noted before how the Dicks/Holmes combination is only rarely successful on the printed page, and this, the last of the sequence, is fairly typical, a faithful recounting of what the viewer sees on the screen without much added. There are some mystifying slips, Peri's full name being given as "Perpegillian", for instance. It also fails (as did the original TV version) to estab ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Sep 20, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was ok
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One of Terrance Dicks' lesser efforts...a great pity, as you'd assume that (1) a Robert Holmes source script, and (2) the only chance for Dicks to novelize a 6th Doctor tale, would inspire the grand master of Doctor Who authors. Sadly, it's a completely disposable work, lacking any hint of an epic nature...one that it sorely needs. Not a great start for "The Trial of a Time Lord" novelizations.
Julian White
Apr 09, 2016 Julian White rated it it was ok
Ok - but with massive qualifiers! Not a very engaging story, with too many scientific inaccuracies and as the first part of a linked sequence of four the ending begs more questions than it answers. The interruptions to the narrative caused by the format - evidence being presented at a trial - are not helpful and the author of the novelisation seems even less inspired than usual.
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Apr 03, 2012 John Wilson rated it it was ok
I think this was the first thing I ever bought on ebay.

Curse you, ebay.
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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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