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Doctor Who: Terror of the Vervoids (Doctor Who Library (Target) #125)

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The Time Lords have brought the Sixth Doctor to trial, accusing him of gross interference in the affairs of other planets. If he is found guilty he must forfeit all his remaining regenerations.

In his defence the Doctor tells of an adventure set on board the Hyperion III space liner in his future. Answering a distress call, the Doctor and Mel arrive on the liner just as a s
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 15th 1988 by Target Books
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Michael
Oct 05, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok
I vividly recall the day I found the paperback release of "Terror of the Vervoids" in my local bookstore. It was the first serial from "The Trial of a Time Lord" season to be released in the Target range and I eagerly snapped it.

I then carried it around with me, stealing moments to read it and never quite realizing how strange the cover might be to someone who hadn't seen the original serial and wasn't familiar with Doctor Who.

Just look at the cover and tell me you don't think of the Seinfeld
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Travis
Nov 04, 2008 Travis rated it really liked it
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One of the better of the sixth Doctor episodes.
Starts out as a mystery set on a sort of cruise ship in space and ends with the traditional monster attack.
THe mystery is clever, while I was never a huge fan of Mel, the overly perky, health obsessed companion, the chemistry between her and the sixth Doctor is good in this story and the monsters are interesting .

Only problems are that is adaption was done right after the episode ran, so the authors tend to think they don't need a lot of description
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Stasha
Apr 23, 2015 Stasha rated it liked it
For Dr. Who fans who can't get the Colin Baker Discs, this is part of the Trial of a Timelord episode.
Daniel Kukwa
Sep 20, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
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In spite of Pip & Jane Baker and their famous (or should that say "infamous") purple prose, this is actually the most enjoyable and exciting of "The Trial of a Time Lord" novelizations. It's certainly darker and more engaging than the blandly-lit, soapish TV version...and is much appreciated. I read this before seeing the TV version...and boy-oh-boy was the TV version a complete disappointment. At the very least, the novelization spares you the atrocious musical score!
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http://nhw.livejournal.com/1068930.html?style=mine#cutid8[return][return]This is the best of the Bakers' Sixth Doctor novelisations, though this is not saying a lot. Basically this is because the plot actually makes sense, and the novel is not cursed by the actual appearance of the Vervoids on screen. However, there is still an excess of exclamation marks.
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"Pip" (Philip) and Jane Baker are British television writers best known for their contributions to the long running science fiction series Doctor Who. A husband-and-wife writing team, they wrote four serials for the programme: The Mark of the Rani, Parts 9–12 and 14 of The Trial of a Time Lord (aka Terror of the Vervoids and The Ultimate Foe) and Time and the Rani. They have also written a number ...more
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