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Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment

(Doctor Who Library (Target) #56)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Landing on Earth, now a barren, desolate planet, Sarah, Harry and the Doctor are unaware of the large, watching robot. The robot is the work of Styre, a Sontaran warrior, who uses all humans landing here for his experimental programmes.

What has happened to the other space explorers who have come here? Why is the Sontaran scout so interested in Earth and in brutally
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 7th 1978 by Target Books; W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. (first published November 1978)
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Christian Petrie
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
After the strength of The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment by Ian Marter is a let down. It is not due to his writing style, but continuity errors with a classic monster from the series.

The story picks up from The Ark in Space, where the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry land on Earth to help prepare the way for Earth to be repopulated. Of course something bad is going on. One flaw with the build up to what is happening is the title of the story. So no surprise when the alien turns out to be a
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/763482.html[return][return]Marter may well have been tempted to write this from the viewpoint of Harry Sullivan; if so, I think he was wise to restrain himself.[return][return]He both adds and subtracts from the TV show here. He adds some simply superb descriptive passages which one really regrets were not realised on-screen. Harry gets almost an entire chapter to himself exploring the Sontaran spaceship, a passage completely absent from the TV story; and the ...more
stormhawk
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread
Ian Marter takes a fairly standard Doctor Who story and turns it into a rollicking boys-own-adventure tale. His flair for description is unparalleled in Who novelizations, although Malcolm Hulke sometimes comes close in fleshing out a story beyond the boundaries of the small screen. The Sontarans are one of the more interesting Who villains, and their relentless militarism becomes as much of an Achille's heel as their probic vents.
Bryan W.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
" Doctor Who And The Sontaran Experiment " is a good book that tends to drag somewhat in the middle . The three main characters of The Doctor , Sarah Jane , and Harry are constantly separated , only to find each other , only to be separated yet again . This does not cause the book to become boring however , as the heroes do all have their own adventures within the book . The ending is suspenseful , and enjoyable as well !! This is the first " Doctor Who " novel that I have read , and I do plan ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
This was the first of Ian Marter's attempts to take a small, two-episode story from classic "Doctor Who" and expand it in prose into something deeper, creepier, and more satisfying than it was on-screen. Suffice to say, he succeeded.
Ian
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This and other Ian Marter books reviewed here: https://fsfh-book-review2.webnode.com...
Wealhtheow
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Sarah, Harry, and the 4th Doctor investigate a far-future Earth. A good deal of fun (though there's a dark section in which Sarah is tortured in a non-detailed way), but it does contain a particularly terrible technobabble explanation for one of the Doctor's miraculous escapes from certain death: (view spoiler) ...more
Travis
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Ian Marter ( who played Harry Sulivan) had a second career as a writer and wrote about a half dozen of these novelizations of TV episodes.

This is one of his best, as he takes what was a fun, but very short Doctor Who story and manages to expanded it to book length without any obvious/boring padding.
and he made that incredibly cheesy robot actually seem menacing.



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Almustafa Couch
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
A fine Doctor Who book, clearly a follow-on from the "Ark in Space", worth reading after the aforementioned book. As usual though some foreknowledge of the Doctor Who characters is a requirement.
RC
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Expands a short TV story, but fails to overcome the problems of the original.
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Ian Don Marter was born at Alcock Hospital in Keresley, near Coventry, on the 28th of October 1944. His father, Donald Herbert, was an RAF sergeant and electrician by trade, and his mother was Helen, nee Donaldson.

He was, among other things, a teacher and a milkman.
He became an actor after graduating from Oxford University, and appeared in Repertory and West End productions and on television. He
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