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Doctor Who: Castrovalva (Doctor Who Library (Target) #76)

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Still weak and confused after his fourth regeneration, the Doctor retreats to Castrovalva to recuperate. But Castrovalva is not the haven of peace and tranquility the Doctor and his companions are seeking. Far from being able to rest quietly, the unsuspecting time-travellers are caught up once again in the evil machinations of the Master. Only an act of supreme self-sacrif ...more
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Published March 4th 2010 by BBC Physical Audio (first published March 1983)
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Apr 07, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Another fairly straight-forward novelization of the television story by writer Christopher H. Bidmead, though he does try to explain a few things in a bit more detail.

In the end, it's simply a retelling of the script though unlike the audio version of "Logopolis," "Castrovalva" is helped immensely better. A lot of that comes from the fact that it's Peter Davison reading the book and his impressions of various characters is a bit more on the money than that of Christopher H. Bidmead.

As with most
Dec 13, 2009 Leela42 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa, Adric. The fifth Doctor's first story. What someone thinks of the book is purely a matter of why that person might want a novelisation. The author's style is a sort of commentary employing quite a lot of wordplay. Takes until the third page to get moving. One of the rare novelisations that has the dialogue and actions just about as they were in the episode; but I think the show plays better, thanks to camera direction, incidental music, and the liveliness of the actor ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This is rather good: Bidmead has a convincing intensity as he takes us through the narrative, and while it would be going too far to say that it all makes sense, it does at least hang together: there is a feeling that this is the beginning of a new era. The story is very much about the Doctor's regeneration, and somehow this comes over better on the printed page. An impressive start for the Fifth Doctor novelisations.
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Aug 22, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My favourite Christopher Bidmead novelization...which isn't surprising, as (1) it's my favourite Bidmead "Doctor Who" story, and (2) it's one of the best Target novelizations, especially of the early 1980s -- a time when the books were on the cusp of transitioning into a new, deeper phase of quality writing. Keeping to the small-ish word count of the time, Bidmead manages to fill the book with so much character development & so much evocative description that it verges on alchemy. Wonderful ...more
Almustafa Couch
This book is really good, far superior to the television representation of the series "Castrovalva" though the television series was worth seeing, the plotline intricacies were better explored and explained in this book, which is relatively easy to follow.
Jun 24, 2011 Raj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A very lightweight novelisation of the Fifth Doctor's first story. Sometimes these novelisations can add some depth to a TV story but this was a fairly slight reproduction that added little. A fun enough way to while away a train journey though.
Dec 10, 2010 Becci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the book was great - but i missed the visual effects of the episodes.
Good quality writing though.
Thomas Hunnam
Nov 01, 2015 Thomas Hunnam rated it it was amazing
I thought that the fifth doctor showed very good acting good and I love the story every time I see it hear it or read it I LOVE THIS STORY 5/5
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
thoroughly enjoyed this one, especially as it's read by Five himself.
Nov 10, 2010 Kimi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why, but I didn't really care for this one.
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Christopher Hamilton Bidmead is a British writer and journalist who wrote several Doctor Who TV serials, all of which he also novelised. He was also script editor for Season 18.

He was attached (agreed, but without a contract) to write several serials that were ultimatelly cancelled. They were In the Hollows of Time, a two-part (forty-five minute) story for the cancelled season 23[1], and a four pa
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