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Doctor Who And The Curse Of Peladon by Brian Hayles
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Dec 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 20th-century-fiction, chinatown, doctor-who
Read in December, 2011 — I own a copy

This has to be one of my all time favourite Doctor Who episodes. There are interesting aliens, lots of plot twists, the bad guys who aren't the bad guys, diplomacy and the idea of freedom over religious superstion. There is also Patrick Troughton's son in tights. Jo being totally amazing, climbing mountains in high heels, attacking monsters with torches, brokering intergalactic peace, rescuing herself and not screaming or needing the doctor to save her once. The book must be based on an early script instead of the shooting script as it has some extra scenes and dialogues that aren't in the show. The good of these include Jo going to the King's champion and pleading her case for him to let the Doctor win their battle, and the Doctor discussing weapons with the Ice Warriors. The bad included Arcturus firing his laser when you first meet him, which makes him seem more like a bad guy and reveals too early his offensive capabilities. The description of Alpha Centauri is lovely, instead of an awkward penis type thing in a cloak s/he's a lovely shimmering octopus creature changing colour with moods although they don't have the line about him/her being gender neutral. Hayles also does a better job of getting inside the characters and their thoughts than Terrance Dicks usually does. All told a very nice adaptation of the story.

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