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Doctor Who: Inferno (Doctor Who Library (Target) #89)

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Inferno is the name of a top-secret drilling project to penetrate the Earth's crust and release a major new energy source.

A crisis develops when a noxious liquid leaks out as drilling progresses — the green poison has a grotesquely debilitating effect on human beings.

As the Earth's plight worsens, the Doctor is trapped in a parallel world, unable to rescue the planet and i
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 18th 1984 by Dr Who (first published July 1984)
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Produced at the time when Target novelizations of Doctor Who stories were limited by their page count, "Infero" captures the essential story that takes place across seven episodes but still feels a bit lacking.

Terrance Dicks' retelling of the classic serial is faithful and straightforward. But in a story that feature a parallel universe with parallel versions of several regular characters, a bit more background might have been nice. Again, Dicks is limited by a page count. It'd be fascinating t
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May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Dicks does a great job with this novel capturing the atmosphere to perfection one of the best Pertwee stories..... 8/10
Christian Petrie
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Like regeneration, with Target books you never know what you are going to get. For an adaptation of a televised story, this has to be one of the best. The five stars is based when compared to other Doctor Who books. Terrance Dicks has done an outstanding job of adapting this story.

The plot is two fold, an attempt to retrieve a special gas from the Earth's crust and a parallel Earth doing the same thing. The drilling may not seem that important, only that it is being ran by someone who would have
A really wonderful audio book version of the classic serial Inferno, based off of Terrance Dicks' novelization. Gorgeous cover art of the Primord Bromley (taken from the paperback edition published by Target), the book is read by Caroline John, who portrayed the Doctor's companion in the serial, Liz. I confess that apart from once listening to an audio version of The Keep, so long ago I can't remember who read it or even when and where I obtained it or what became of it, this is my first audio b ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I'm glad to say that Doctor Who - Inferno, published in 1984, is one of Dicks' better novelisations. He has judiciously trimmed Don Houghton's original seven episodes (deleting its least attractive aspect, the sexist banter between Greg Sutton and Petra Williams) to make a good TV story an exciting book. The twist of the parallel world plotline makes the Third Doctor himself the viewpoint character for a substantial chunk, and this a ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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The Third Doctor, trying to escape his exile on Earth ends up on an alternate earth where things have taken a turn for the fascist and there are some scary similarities between this Earth's Project Inferno and the one happening on his earth.
What if he can only save one Earth?

Decent adaption of the TV episode.
Bit sad as this is the last story to feature Liz Shaw and she doesn't get a real leaving scene. She's here now, next story, she's gone.

Jan 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Novelization of the first Pertwee episode I remember seeing, although it may have not been my "actual" first, it's one that I enjoyed. The requirements of the novelizations slim down the story somewhat, but it seems to benefit from that, leaving out some of the extraneous in-fighting that filled the 7 episode story.
Daniel Kukwa
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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A prime example of how to skillfully condense seven intense 1970s episodes into an exciting, concise novelization, that doesn't lose any of the power, drama, or excitement of the original story. Terrance Dicks, firing on all cylinders...
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
My least fav episode, but one of the best books.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Just brilliant, one of Terrance Dicks' finest novelisations. How he managed to compress a 7-part TV story into 126 pages is beyond me.
Mary JL
Nov 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dr who fans/younger sf readers
Terrance Dicks wrote a lot of the novelizations of Doctor who. This is one of the better adaptions. I thought the writing was pretty fair for a Tv adaptation.
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Drilling into Earth's core releases green goo that turns people into primordial mutants. Yep, I'll buy that!
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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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