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Doctor Who and Underworld (Doctor Who Library (Target) #67)

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Exploring the very edge of the known universe, the Fourth Doctor, Leela and K9 discover a group of astronaunts searching for the lost gene bank of the Minyan race. During the perilous voyage, the astronauts' craft plunges into the heart of a recently formed planet, wherein an awesome secret is hidden. How will the Minyan quest end? What must the Doctor wrest from the Heart ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 12th 1983 by W.H. Allen (first published January 24th 1980)
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Dec 04, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
Doctor Who and the Underworld is a Tom Baker and Leela adventure and I have to say it was totally enjoyable. The book restored my faith in Terrance Dicks as a Doctor Who writer. The novelisation had lots of interesting back story about the Time Lords deciding to play god with a humanoid race they came across and how it all went terribly wrong! For an old who there was quite a bit of interesting philosophy here. The Time Lords had given a race technology and they used it to destroy themselves, ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Lee rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Having never read any Doctor Who before I don't really have much to compare this offering to. As a science fiction book it's pretty mediocre. The seemingly rushed nature and enormous coincidences within the story make it feel more like a first draft of a television episode rather than a novella in its own right. Imagining Tom Baker running around doing the deeds described makes the whole thing more bearable, but this probably wasn't the best use of my Saturday morning.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Doctor Who and the Underworld is a bit less embarrassing than the TV original, but this is not saying much. The fact that we are not distracted by the disastrous special effects means that we can see the inadequacies of the plot rather better.
Jan 15, 2010 Travis rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
Not your typical 'Who' story, but not entirely successful attempt to try something different. Feels more the kind of thing you'd expect to see more in 'Star Trek', as the Doctor helps a space ship crew on a quest get where they are going,

Dec 19, 2012 stormhawk rated it it was ok
Not one of my favorite episodes ... another megalomaniacal computer, another race in thrall, another ancient quest. This isn't to say that Dicks did a poor job in writing it, just that he had iffy material to work with, in my opinion.
Jul 16, 2015 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A great story with an undisguisedly heavy allusion at the very end. Which is a bit of a shame, undermines the well crafted subtly of the rest of the book.
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Feb 24, 2013 Matthew Goode Ⓥ rated it liked it
Okay, nothing spectacular. It continues with the usual Dr Who theme of human-like society under some tyrannous feudal system.
Apr 11, 2008 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Doctor Who's revolutionary zeal is pretty apparent in this book, in which he overthrows a slave planet and also ends a millenia-long quest by a very creepy starship crew.
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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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