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Doctor Who: Terminus

(Doctor Who Library (Target) #79)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  168 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same title.

Sabotage! The TARDIS is breaking up! Thanks to the combined efforts of the treacherous Turlough and his evil master, the Black Guardian, the Doctor and his companions are in terrible danger. The outside world has begun to break through and Nyssa has disappeared.

Can the TARDIS' fail safe mechanism save them
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 15th 1983 by Target Books, W.H. Allen (first published June 16th 1983)
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David Layton
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't know why this one is not rated more highly. My suspicion is that people are judging the TV version, not the novelization. The TV production was one of the weaker Davison stories, foiled principally by the inability of the production to match Steve Gallagher's script. The novel, by contrast, suffers from no such problems. John Lydecker is a pseudonym for Steve Gallagher, the scriptwriter. Gallagher, who had published several novels before writing for Doctor Who, puts his novelist's skills ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I think that John Lydecker should stop writing. An otherwise fine story ruined by a lack of chapters
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]As with Doctor Who - Warrior's Gate, we have here a decent enough space opera sf novel which happens to have the Doctor and companions dropped into it. A number of things work better here than they did on screen - most notably, the Garm, which was all too obviously a man in a silly suit on screen; but also the raiders Kari and Olvir, and the sense of corporate greed and despair. One of the better Fifth Doctor novelisations.[return][re ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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It has a solid claim to being the Doctor Who novelization that most surpasses its original this case, but SEVERAL country miles! "Terminus" was full of problems on-screen, but under a pseudonym, author Steve Gallagher takes his story and turns it into quite the dark & emotional epic. It's a great read, with all the characters (the regulars AND the guests) getting equal chances to shine, and all the dangers and complications are given extra weight and depth. Easily the best Target ...more
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Bit blah story that feels more like a bunch of ideas jammed together rather than one strong whole.

Something goes wrong with the Tardis and the crew is scattered all over what turns out to be basically a leper colony in space.
There's also some sub-plot from the ongoing 'Black Guardian' story arc and this is the story that Nyssa leaves.

Some decent character moments and the Garn is a cool alien, but the story just seems to meander around for awhile than stop.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Peaking in tension every 40 pages, I really enjoyed this Who old-style an would happily revisit this portion of my youth again. A workmanlike adaptation of a fairly good set of episodes.
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Average Doctor Who story, from the 5th Doctor.
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