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Doctor Who And The Carnival Of Monsters (Doctor Who Library (Target) #8)

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Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.

The Doctor and Jo take the TARDIS on a test flight. They arrive on a cargo ship, the SS Bernice, that appears to be crossing the Indian Ocean in 1926 but is in fact trapped inside a miniscope — a banned peepshow of miniaturised life-forms — on the planet Inter Minor.

They enter another section of the scope bu
Published (first published 1977)
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This is the best Doctor Who story I've read so far.
Apr 10, 2017 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure what it was about this story that never really grabbed me. It was okay but not really one I'm going to actively hunt out again in a hurry
Christian Petrie
Basically this story is about two aliens trying to get through customs on a planet, and the Doctor is the cargo. That does sound bizarre, yet it is not that crazy.

Probably most writers could not pull this story off. Because the script was done by Robert Holmes, it does not fall apart. There is a three part plot that goes on. You have the 'customs' scenes, the Doctor and Jo trying to escape the mini-scope, and the third plot involving an attempted uprising. The story flows okay, the transitions d
I bought this book for a pound, but ended up having Katy Manning sign it this weekend anyway. She was very cute and recognised it instantly saying, "Ah that's the one where Jo learns to think with the other side of her brain". It was quite a fun little story, one I've not yet watched and so it was interesting to picture the aliens and their device with not much to go on. There were some brilliant Jo moments in this one. One where they were trapped and she suggested to the Doctor he use his sonic ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jul 21, 2013 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of my formative "Doctor Who" influences -- the first Jon Pertwee story I ever saw on television (introducing me to the concept of past Doctors, after having been introduced to Tom Baker's Doctor), and one of the first "Doctor Who" Target novelizations I ever read, courtesy of a hardcover edition from my local library bookmobile. The story is one of Robert Holmes' finest...and Terrance Dicks does efficient & wonderful justice to it. About as perfect a book from the era as one could hope t ...more
Julian White
pdf - with the Achilleos cover

Not the most inspired story, even if the original is by Robert Holmes. Dicks novelisation adds some useful descriptive bits but cuts down on the Inter Minor detail, oddly - though as the Officials are by far the least interesting part of the narrative that's no real loss. Interesting that the TARDIS translation circuits seem unable to cope with polari/parlare/palare...
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]A good Robert Holmes script, turned into an average Terrance Dicks novel. I remember seeing this one in 1981 during the "Five Faces of Doctor Who" repeat season; wonder how well it would stand up to re-watching now?
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Precious few Target novelisations reach heights anywhere near those of the original broadcasts; certainly none by Terrance ‘run-of-the-mill’ Dicks. Carnival of Monsters is elevated somewhat in audiobook form by voice artist Katy Manning, whose range encompasses even a husky Jon Pertwee imitation.
May 16, 2008 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fun, goofy story, as the third Doctor and Jo land on a cruise ship in the early 1900's... or are they...?
Nasty monsters, some clever cameos from Who history and an alien race that isn't so much evil as terribly snobby and beauricratic and a fun alien traveling salesman and his shapely assistant.
Not a classic epic, just a fun little story.
Dec 12, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. One more down on the list of Doctor Who books, several more to go!!
Not a bad story, but not the best, either.
Almustafa Couch
A good short entertaining, though predictable, read. It includes a wonderful boxing scene, and deals with rampant bureaucracy rather well. It's worth reading just for that.
May 19, 2011 alex marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I have the audiobook.
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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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