Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (Target Doctor Who Library)
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Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (Doctor Who Library (Target) #148)

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With unfinished business to attend to, the Seventh Doctor returns to where it all began: Coal Hill School in London in 1963. Last time he was here, the Doctor left something behind – a powerful Time Lord artefact that could unlock the secrets of time travel. Can the Doctor retrieve it before two rival factions of Daleks track it down? And even if he can, how will the Docto...more
Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Target Books, Carol Publishing Corporation
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Daniel Kukwa
The Doctor Who novelization that pointed the way to the New Adventures & BBC Books series that were waiting around the proverbial corner. In some ways, "Remembrance" is a throwback to the best of early Terrance Dicks & Malcolm Hulke -- enhanced characters, with detailed, sympathetic & convincing backgrounds and motivations. In other ways, it lays the road map for the original series of Doctor Who fiction that was waiting to be born -- flashback and "historical" sources, and imaginati...more
For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC commissioned a reprint of eleven novels to represent each of the Doctors. I love that they chose to reprint beloved novels instead of publishing new ones, to show off the history of the character. In fact, REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS is a novelization of Episode 152, also written by Ben Aaronovitch. This was his first novel, something I didn't know despite casually enjoying his Peter Grant paranormal mysteries.

I'll admit to being unfamiliar with the...more
Michael Otway
In my opinion, the greatest Doctor Who story ever made.

Remembrance of the Daleks is simply perfect. Fast paced action, tension and a plot that unravels in front of you a piece at a time. I've always loved this story and couldn't possibly fault anything about it.

The book is essential for any fan as it really gives you a lot more insight into the characters, their backgrounds, motivations etc.
In particular, the insights into the creation of the Hand of Omega, the Other and insight into the Special...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during I ♥ ♥ The Doctor (October-December 2013)

The Doctor and Ace have returned to the beginning, Coal Hill School, London, 1963. The Doctor in his 1st incarnation left behind The Hand of Omega, the device that supposedly gave the Time Lords their control of time. But The Doctor doesn't just leave behind anything that could be dangerous in enemy hands... and the Daleks sure think they could do some damage with this device. In fact...more
If someone sat me down and forced me to give them one reason why Doctor Who survived its cancellation in 1989 only to lurk about in the intervening years that preceded its return to the screen in a series of novels that extended and fleshed out the "unseen years," I would answer "Remembrance of the Daleks" without a second thought.

Ben Aaronovitch's story is easily the strongest of the entire Sylvester McCoy era, and it paved the way for a whole swath of "New Adventures" that came after it. And w...more
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
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"Remembrance of the Daleks" by Ben Aaronovitch follows the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace as they arrive in 1963 at Coal Hill School. The Doctor is searching for a powerful item that holds the secrets of time travel. But the Doctor isn't the only one looking for this mysterious item. Two rival factions of Daleks are at war over this object and it's up to the Doctor, Ace, and their new human friends to prev...more
Remembrance of the Daleks brings in the Doctor's greatest enemy, but instead of taking both Dalek factions on his own, he watches them go up against each other over the Hand of Omega. The television counterpart is less than 90 minutes spread across four episodes, which explains why this novel is much shorter than the previous 50th anniversary books. Since I have not yet watched the four-part program, the novel's content is my only reference. The plot seemed stunted there didn't seem to be any ef...more
I really wanted to like this book since it was a Doctor Who book, however, I unfortunately was unable to finish it. The story takes us back to 1963 where we find the Doctor, once again, fighting the Daleks. This time the Daleks were after something that is called the Hand of the Omega. As usual, the Doctor isn't looking to kill the Daleks, just to reason with them and get them to leave the humans alone. His companion in this story is a young girl names Ace. We really didn't find out much about...more
To tell you the truth, I really don't know how to review this book so I apologise if this is shorter than my other reviews. You see, Remembrance of the Daleks is based on a TV serial I haven't watched(yet). I have no idea how it compares to it's TV counterpart. What I can say, however, is that I enjoyed reading this book.

Remembrance of the Daleks is a clever story that never fails to surprise or delight. The characters, especially Rachel(who feels like a potential companion)are all likeable and...more
John Parungao
Happy memories from my childhood. This is a reprint of the original Target novelization. For those of you who don't know, long before classic Dr. Who was released on either VHS or DVD it was adapted into short novels. This particular one was originally written to celebrate Dr. Who's 25th anniversary. Which is probably why it was included in the 50th anniversary book range.

The novel itself has a lot of good points. It's not just a word for word re-telling of the original TV episodes. There's glim...more
This is a read along with the Escape to Danger blog.

I haven't seen or read any McCoy since he was on screen. he was never my favourite Doctor by a very long way. I wasn't fond of his companions either. Add to that his appearance in the abomination of 1996 and he's way down my list.

Having said all that, this is one of his stories that stuck in my head. Probably my favourite that I have faded memories of from his era.

I found this book difficult to immerse myself in though. The style of writing did...more
The Daleks have returned to Earth in search of the Hand of Omega, a powerful Time Lord device that will allow them to better harness time travel. Fortunately, the Doctor and his sidekick, Ace, have arrived just in time to spoil the Daleks' plans. But the Doctor soon discovers that they are in the midst of a confrontation between two different Dalek factions.

Unlike the first two titles I've done in this tour, this particular entry is actually a novelization of a multi-part episode (Remembrance o...more
Koen Crolla
The Seventh Doctor has gotten a raw deal. He's had the worst plots, the most cringe-inducing companions, and the fewest episodes apart from Eight (who received a tremendous amount of attention in the audiobooks, comics, and traditional novels) and Nine (and Christopher Eccleston at least left under his own impulse). Most of this can be blamed on an attempt to return the series to being a children's show rather than a family show, and in many ways it's a miracle he lasted as long as he did, but I...more
It's the TV serial that the book is a novelisation of, only in word form and with extra bits added around the edges. But those extra bits are so worth the price of admission.

Most characters get extra scenes and several bits of backstory to flesh them out, the ever changing relationship between Ace and Mike particularly benefiting from the audience's ability to actually see their thoughts as it constantly develops. It's the Daleks who benefit the most from the additions to their character. This i...more
I really don't like novelizations of episodes because they tend to just take every word for word and nothing is original. While this was the case in this book too, there was a lot more background and in depth look that made me appreciate the episode even more. You see some of the reactions of Ace in the episode toward the No Colors and how Mike is so strongly attracted to her but in the book it goes more in depth. Ace's best friend was almost burned alive because of a racial fire. Plus how Mike...more
I think it's quite ironic that the book is riddled with typos...
The wonderful 7th Doctor was the Doctor of my childhood, so it was quite easy to picture him and Ace while reading this book, although I do feel that for those who do not know the 7th Doctor, certain scenes might play a little differently in their minds.
To help visualise things I decided to do a search for the story arc this book is based on and found it was just as enjoyable as the book.
My major gripe with the book is that the stor...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]It's not the best Target novelisation - realistically, that honour might go to one of Terrance Dicks' early efforts, before he got into the habit of just doing it by the numbers, or to one of the David Fisher or Donald Cotton books, or possibly Ian Marter's novelisation of The Rescue - but it's not at all bad. The flaws, to get them out of the way first, are too much use of commas where semi-colons or even full stops would have done, and a co...more
Richard Wright
An odd choice for this anniversary series of reprinted novels featuring the various Doctors. The seventh is possibly the subject of more original novel length fiction than any of the others, so to find him the only Doctor represented in this run by a novelisation of a transmitted episode is rather baffling. The novelisation itself introduces a few elements not seen on screen, several of which entered the mythology of the character for a while, and this does make it an item of more interest than...more
When you want a novelization of a tv episode and you have the chance to ask the screenwriter to write the episode, it's usually a scary thing. Screenwriters are not necessarily good novelists. In his introduction, Aaronovitch explains that he wanted this to be an exact retelling of his screenplay, but in prose with more examination of thought processes and emotions.

That is exactly what it is. It's amazing. Aaronovitch, when he wrote the screenplay, had certain thought processes in mind for his...more
My first Dr Who novel. I was drawn to it because it featured the Sylvester McCoy Doctor (No 7), the Doctor's best assistant Ace and was written by fantasy writer Ben Aaronovitch.

A thoughtful book set in two pasts (for us): the 80s and the early 60s. History crowds into both periods. Ace, tormented by memories of race hate in the 80s is triggered into recklessness by the 'No Blacks' sign in the window of her 60s boarding house. War with an alien race triggers thoughts and memories in people who...more
Really disappointing. The intro to the 50th Anniversary edition makes it clear that this is Aaronovitch's first attempt at a novel, and that he thinks it's bad too. It is because of this that I'm forgiving of the book itself being sort of empty, boring, lacking in characterization, lacking character motivation, and not being fun at all. However, I do not understand why the BBC or whoever picked this as one of the 11 books to be in their 50th Anniversary collection. There must surely be tens if n...more
Sylvester McCoy was never a favoured Doctor, but this is a well-written outing for both Doctor and his arch enemies the Daleks. Featuring rogue Time Lords and Davros, Aaronovitch has encapsulated the parochialism of the 1960s for an 80s Doctor quite successfully.
Mark Swift
Excellent novelisation of the 7th Doctor television story. Much more about racism and Ace's disdain for right wing thinking, and a bit more Gallifrey Lore. A must read for Whovians.
Honestly, my least favorite book out of all the 50th anniversary special books I've read so far. I dunno, it just... It didn't flow for me.
Ben Mckenzie
The greatest Doctor Who novelisation ever written.
Andres Halden
Fleshes out the TV story quite well!
The Doctor had left the Hand of Omega when he had left in London 1963 and now returned in his 7th incarnation with Ace at his side with her nitro nine, where he uses it to set up a trap for the Daleks but comes unstuck when 2 different sets of Daleks arrive intent on destroying the other, the Doctor, the Earth and take the Hand of Omega to use its power for there own uses.
The best 7th Doctor story written by the writer who created it
A really good novelisation of the TV story of the same name, also by Ben Aaronovitch
While this story doesn't have the same depth of his Peter Grant books, it has to be remembered this was his first novel.
A good story that moves along at a good pace with well developed characters and a satisfying conclusion.
A short fast paced novel that has all the speed and feel of the tv series that it is based on, the Doctor and Ace are written well, and the Daleks sound in you head just as they would on the screen. A worthy read.
An entertaining novelisation of one of the better late 80s Dr Who stories. As I didn't see the serial, I was glad to catch-up with this in the 50th Anniversary novelisation. The story was basically good, though with a few of the 80s pantomime aspects of Dr Who and interestingly, segued into "New Who" with the enormous scale of the finale.
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Ben Aaronovitch's career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.

Born and raised in London he says that he'll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.
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