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Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear (Doctor Who Library (Target) #30)

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Eldrad was once hailed as the saviour of the world of Kastria. He erected force-barriers around the planet, preventing its imminent destruction. However, when the Kastrians refused to submit to his dictatorship, he removed his force-fields, condemning an entire civilisation to a slow and agonising death. For this, the mightiest of crimes, the people of Kastria sentenced El ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1979 by Target Books, W.H. Allen
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Christian Petrie
Jan 23, 2016 Christian Petrie rated it really liked it
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Goodbye my Sarah Jane

This story is known more for the departure of Sarah Jane, then anything. With this, the last ties to the Third Doctor are severed. However, even though in the end Sarah Jane leaves, that is one small portion of the story.

The overall plot involves an alien trying to resurrect itself. We are given the usual technobabble on how this is done, yet for it is unique. To add to it, we even have the Doctor trying to help an alien he barely knows. The reason to protect Earth.

As with o
Sarah Crawford
Jan 25, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is a story from Doctor Who, featuring the Tom Baker doctor and his Sarah Jane companion. It starts with something in a spaceship that is blown up, a piece falling to Earth. The Doctor and Sarah Jane are caught in a fall of rock, and Sarah Jane accidentally touches the hand, which then takes her over mentally.

The creature the hand is from needs Sarah Jane to take it to an atomic reactor where it can absorb the energy and regenerate itself. The Doctor needs to save here, and then they both w
The Doctor halfheartedly tries to bring his companion Sarah Jane Smith back to her hometown on Earth, but of course, lands in a remote quarry instead! There they find a strange stone hand that leads them to adventures in a nuclear energy plant and a distant planet. Then at the end, he really tries to bring Sarah home to South Croydon because he receives a call to his home planet Gallifrey, and he can't bring Sarah there. He lets her out of the TARDIS, and takes off, but of course, he got it wron ...more
Jul 01, 2008 Travis rated it liked it
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A classic TV episode that starts in a rock quarry in england and then takes us to the fringes of the universe.
The alien bad guy is interesting enough to distract you from a pretty uninspiring story. She would have made an interesting companion.
The parts on earth are better than when we travel to the alien world. Once we get there everything is explained, but all the Doctor and Sarah do is run and hide from the bad guy a lot.

Nicholas Whyte[return][return]A pretty standard retelling of the TV original, without much added or taken away. The story line seemed slightly clearer on paper, but maybe I just was not concentrating sufficiently when I watched it. On the other hand, Dicks does not quite do justice to Sarah Jane's farewell scene.
Aug 30, 2012 stormhawk rated it liked it
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Somehow missed this in my headlong rush to make it to the Leela episodes. The last Sarah Jane adventure sure puts her through the wringer ... having a quarry fall on her, controlled by an alien intelligence, and having the Doctor trick her into doing things that she didn't want to.
Apr 14, 2008 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
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Sarah Jane Smith is possessed by a silicon hand, which soaks up radiation until it gathers enough power to generate an entire body for itself. The Doctor takes the silicon being back to its home planet--but millenia have passed since it left, and all its old enemies are dead.
May 22, 2013 Mark added it
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"Eldrad was female. Strange, thought Sarah, that she of all people should be surprised. Why shouldn't their unknown opponent be female after all? What you might call a case of Alien's Lib..." (p. 78)
Terrance. Oh my God. Stop.
Gabriel Mero
Jul 23, 2011 Gabriel Mero rated it it was amazing
Very good book; a fitting end to Sarah Jane's tenure with the Doctor.
Dec 10, 2010 Becci rated it really liked it
Loved this last Sarah Jane adventure...
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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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