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Doctor Who and the Daleks (Doctor Who Library (Target) #16)

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This is Doctor Who's first exciting adventure with the Daleks! Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright travel with the mysterious Doctor Who and his granddaughter, Susan, to the planet of Skaro in the space-time machine, the TARDIS. There they strive to save the peace-loving Thals from the evil intentions of the hideous Daleks. Can they succeed? And, what is more important, will ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 157 pages
Published 1973 by Target (first published November 12th 1964)
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The Doctor meet his arch enemies for the first time!

This is a novelization of the serial of the same title. Based on the original script by Terry Nation (creator of The Daleks).


The Doctor:

The First Doctor


Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton & Barbara Wright


Planet: Skaro. Non-specified time.


This novelization of the second TV serial of Doctor Who is a good example of the importance of having here on Goodreads not only a rating system but also the chance of wr
This was the first ever novelisation of a Doctor Who tv story, first published in the mid 60s. To most fans of the show this book is all kinds of wonderful, being hugely nostalgic and a crackingly well written novel in its own right. Back then this was the only way to relive an episode. VCRs or DVDs were more far-fetched science fiction ideas than some ones in the show. David Whitaker was Story Editor on the original serial and here he takes Terry Nation's script and really adds life and depth. ...more
One of "Doctor Who"'s original leading men reads the first story novelization with "Doctor Who and the Daleks."

Written when audiences would rarely, if ever, have a chance to see the original seven-part story this was based on, author David Whitacker makes some interesting choices in the novelization of Terry Nation's original scripts. The first is to have the story told from the first person perspective of travelling companion, Ian Chesterton. This choice makes for some interesting moments in th
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of my experience with the Doctor started in 2005 with the 9th Doctor (and I'll admit that at first I was intrigued by a time-traveling madman that looked, sounded, and acted like a British version of a good friend of mine). I've had sporadic run-ins with prior incarnations since I was a small child, but they were solitary episodes with no background to what was going on. When I did find them, I mainly watched them because of the simplistic set designs.

Now that I'm several decades older and
Emily Ross
This was the first novelisation of Classic Doctor Who, and it’s written in first person, from Ian Chesterton’s point of view. It was hard to read and I didn’t particularly enjoy it from Ian’s perspective.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable and easy to read. I didn't like how different it was from the original episode. Why change it?
Andy Hickman
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
David Whitaker, “Doctor Who and the Daleks” (Reading, UK: Random, 2011; originally published as 'Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks' in 1964)

The first novelisation of Doctor Who. Writing in the first person narrative of Ian Chesterton, he describes the journey of the Doctor, Susan, Barbara and himself in encountering the Daleks on the planet Skaros and their enmity against the peaceful indigenous Thals.
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Neil Gaiman, “An Exciting Introduction with the Daleks”
“There was no w
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a read-along with Paul's Target blogging. It is also the first of the re-released Target novels. It's teh only one I've bought so far but I'll probably pick more up in time. Paul gives a good overview of the new editions here.

I remember the weird feeling I had when I first saw the Dr Who story The Daleks. A strange sense of deja vu. It took my weak brain a while to figure out why this was. then it dawned on me. My childhood viewings of the Cushing films. I hadn't realised they were lifte
Aman Mittal
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
My past reading experience with Doctor Who books hasn’t been good. Doctor Who and The Daleks by David Whitaker is not one of them. I recently found a copy of this book, residing in the last row of my book shelf. I don’t remember when did I buy it but I feel happy that I have one.

Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker is the fist ever novelisation of a Doctor Who television story, first published in 1964, original script written by Terry Nation. I consider myself a Whovian and I my favourite
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Chronologically the first official Doctor Who novelisation, published in 1964. An interesting insight into how it all began - The Doctor and his granddauter, Susan, *ahem* kidnap Barbara, Susan's history tutor, and Ian, some man fortunate enough to have been in the right place at the right time, and they fly off to Skaro. They soon discover the Daleks and the Thals, who share the planet. The Daleks wish to eradicate the Thals, yet the Thals have no concept of conflict in their perfect world and ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a mostly faithful novelization of the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks. The biggest change comes about because there is no novelization of the first serial, and so the story of how Ian and Barbara first met the Doctor, and his kidnapping them, is instead adapted and crammed into the first couple of chapters here. The other alterations are mostly small omissions as a result of the story being told from Ian's perspective rather than the shifting perspective of the show.

Thus, if you're
Christian Petrie
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
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Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Dr Who: The Daleks represents a real departure from what I'm used to in Doctor Who book ... first that the book is told entirely in the first person, from Ian's viewpoint, and second that the author has chosen to rewrite the story of how Barbara and Ian came to be companions.

It is interesting to learn the first Dalek story, but with the major changes mentioned above, I wonder how faithful the rest of the adaptation is.
Benjamin Torres
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being borned some 40 years late to watch the first Doctor's adventures (Not to mention in the wrong country) it was really nice to read the first novelization of this iconic show.
Although I have to say that I probably wouldn't have liked this first Doctor, who is not nearly as caring, and compassionate as the Doctors of the new Era.
All in all I found the story very entertaining.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young
An interesting trip down memory lane, but an awkward, self-conscious first novelisation. The decision to use Ian Chesterton as a first-person narrator seems an odd one: he has little agency through most of the story, and often does no more than listen to lengthy exposition from the other characters.
A Bald Mage** Steve
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
First person version of the first ever Dalek story pity it was written this way.... 4/10
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Marvelous! Worth reading just for the scene early on with the Tardis food machine.
Capsule review, in case you don't want to read the thousands of words I have to say about this book and a lot of other things

The first Doctor Who novelisation (adapting the second TV story) is a first-person narrative in the voice of Ian, one of the Doctor's original companions. A number of changes have been made between screen and page, most notably in the way the main characters meet. Thus, depending on the kind of Doctor Who fan you are, this is either a fascinating alternate version, or an a
Chris Wing
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
I read this (finally!) in conjunction with the unabridged audio reading, with my son.

We both thoroughly enjoyed William Russell's narration, as well as the story itself.
The interesting part of this book is how it offers an alternate origin for the first TARDIS crew's meeting. We don't have two teachers, getting stuck in the TARDIS and whisked off to prehistoric Earth, we have Ian, a scientist, meeting Barbara at the site of a car accident, and getting into the TARDIS that way, which then whisks
Joe Heath
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second novelization I've read and definitely the better of the two even if it strays a lot further from the show. The first couple of chapters are basically the first episode of An Unearthly Child but incorporates a car crash (complete with a dead guy) and gives different back stories to Ian and Barbara. Then it skips the caveman stuff entirely and gets right to the Daleks. From that point on, it sticks pretty close to the serial with some minor additions and changes. The biggest add ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1964 with the title Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks (a title they really should have kept, in my opinion), this is the first Doctor Who serial to be turned into a novel. The book was written by one of the head screenwriters on the show, in a time when it was not common to repeat television, and before Doctor Who was the long running cult (and now mainstream) television series that it is today. For many people, it was the first introduction to the story of t ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slow-going, and significantly altered from the origin story as Whovians know it. This is a faithful reproduction of the 1964 novel that started the Doctor Who novels from the Target brand, which evolved into the BBC-branded stuff we get now. So, this is the best way to be exposed to the unvarnished beginning without spending a lot of money on a collectible item. Intro from Gaiman here is nice, and the Doctor as presented is kind of wily and deceitful varmint. The Thals are largely unsympathetic, ...more
Felicia Allen
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first story featuring Ian. The book is told from his point of view. The Doctor lands the TARDIS on Skaros and helps the Thal people defeat the Daleks.

I think out of the three Dr. Who books I have read, this one is my favorite.
Hiram Lester
Until video cassette recorders became available to the masses, the only way to experience an older episode of Doctor Who was through novelizations and the rare rerun (the number of reruns allowed was heavily controlled by contracts - a factor which contributed to the junking of episodes). As with modern movie novelizations, the book, while being based on the screenplay, is often different from what makes it to the screen. This can be for various reasons: the book is based on an earlier draft of ...more
C.J. Wright
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great novelisation. There's a different beginning than the TV story, making it easy to read without any previous knowledge of Doctor Who, and is still in keeping with the characters in the show.

It is told entirely from Ian's perspective, but nothing is missed out from what was on screen, and the flow of the story does not suffer in the slightest.

Brilliant introduction to the Doctor and his adventures in time and space.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, this is different. Most Target novelisations are direct adaptations of the script for the TV series. They might add in what a character thought to explain their motivations, include a scene that was in one of the original scripts but was cut for time, or fill in a plot hole, but in the main they are straight adaptations with little room for creativity from the author.

David Whitaker’s adaptation was, according to his Wikipedia page, based on Terry Nation’s original notes for the story. But
Storia del Doctor Who risalente al 1964, agli albori della Leggenda.
Una storia del primo Dottore e di sua nipote Susan, con il primo incontro con i companions Barbara e Ian.
E il primo incontro con i Dalek

Non avendo mai visto la prima stagione del Dottore non so dire quanto il libro sia in continuity e quanto invece già agli inizi della serie potessero non badare a queste cose.
Immagino quindi che Barbara e Ian vengano presentati già a bordo del Tardis, come tutrice di Susan e accompagnatore scien
James Bowman
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, sf, dr-who
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Scott Taylor
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever wondered what the big deal is about Doctor Who and his nemesis, the Dalek race, this is a good place to start. Although this is a Doctor Who book, it is remarkably barren of alot of the gadgetry and lore that one might associate with the Doctor. A simple story at heart, the Doctor along with his grandaughter Susan and two companions Barbara and Ian discover the planet Scaro. Much of the tale is spent as build up between the four characters, how they met and how they all ended up o ...more
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David Whitaker was an English screenwriter and novelist best known for his work in the early days of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. He served as the series' first story editor working on the programme's first fifty one episodes in this capacity.
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