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Doctor Who And The Enemy Of The World (Doctor Who Library (Target) #24)

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Doctor Who And The Enemy Of The World Target Paperback Novel First Impression 1981 By Ian Marter. Released by WH Allen, paperback division Target Books in 1981. In the year 2030 only one man seems to know what action to take when the world is hit by a series of natural disasters. Salamander's success in handling these monumental problems has brought him enormous power. Fro ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 19th 1981 by W.H. Allen / Virgin Books (first published March 1981)
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Jennifer Tull
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition just truely in sadness. And in anger. What the hell happened?! This is my favorite Doctor Who story of all time. And Ian Marter turns the story into a plain, sapey, overgeneric, and one sided dystopia thriller. So what happened? I really want to know. How can such a beautiful, gripping, thrilling and truely suspenseful be turned into a complete train wreck. Out of all the novelisations i've read of Doctor Who stories this is the #1 worst. My only recommendation is to just simply avoid thi ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick and fun read!
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a rather odd addition to the series that is known as science fiction children's adventure show.. The thrust of the story is much more political set in a future dictatorial Mexican national that wants to take over the world with his new technology, ideology, and a hope to save the world. Or there begins the dichotomy. He is a savior to some, and a threat to many more. The world powers are re-structured; as in any good 'future story' although the major events take place between Central Eur ...more
Christian Petrie
Sometime you can have great writers on a story and it turns out bad. Most of what I can say about this book is that it is bad. I can't blame Ian Marter for it, since it was working from the original story by David Whitaker. It is hard to understand how David Whitaker came up with this story.

The concept would sound interesting someone who looks like the Doctor is trying to take over the world. The book starts off with a strong opening paragraph by Ian Marter, then it goes downhill.

The story feels
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
I really enjoy this one. Both novel and television episode were done in a good syle. Even if the tv series was better. Why? Because in the novel we don't get anything else besides what's on the tv. That's a shame. When you serialize you expect something more. But alas, that did not happenend.

So, Dr Who has a double and that double is a evil genius. That was interesting. You've come to see Dr Who with an charismatic personality that has power to be the master of the world. A person with unlimite
Adam Stone
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Doctor Who and The Enemy of the World which features a double of the Second Doctor as the titular enemy of the world, Salamander, which I am sure is much more effective on screen when you can actually see him portrayed by Patrick Troughton.

The novelisation is a very quick read and is also very pacy considering the original story is six episodes long. The story is not atypical of Doctor Who and seems much more like a James Bond type spy thriller which the plot is rather more typical of.

It is al
Daniel Kukwa
Jul 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sometimes an author can take a disappointing example of "Doctor Who" on television and transform it into something remarkable in prose -- just look at Eric Saward's brilliant novelization of the otherwise ludicrous "The Twin Dilemma". Unfortunately, even Ian Marter can't save "The Enemy of the World" -- a story I find intellectually fascinating, but overlong, overly cynical, and with a conclusion best defined as "sudden". Marter tries to apply a harder edge to the plot, but in the end it's a sup ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This was the first time Marter had tried to squeeze a six-episode story into 127 pages, so obviously some cuts were necessary, but the result feels very jumpy. Some lovely dialogue between Victoria and Salamander's chef has been completely cut by Marter; so too, more happily, has an unconvincing exchange about why they are guarding the prisoner in the corridor. (Slightly off-topic, but is this the only Doctor Who story with scenes set in Hung ...more
It's difficult to give a fair review of these novelizations. On one hand, there is nothing wrong with Marter's writing; it is pleasant enough to read, without any hint of convolution or pretense, and doesn't distract from the narrative. On the other, the story is actually pretty stupid. Obviously, Marter has to work from the material he is given, so he cannot be blamed, but that doesn't change the fact that this wasn't a particularly good book. Marter is worth 3 or 4 stars, but the story is not. ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a second doctor adventure I'd not heard of (only one episode survives). But it was great. In the 21st century an evil villan has been pretending to save the world but actually is secretly causing the disasters he's trying to save people from. He also conicidently looks rather like Patrick Troughton. It's a bit silly but a reasonable attempt at distopia with a bit of post apocalypse thrown in. Without seeing the episodes it was still enjoyable. The companions were Jamie and Victoria and ...more
This Doctor Who novelisation is from the time of the second Doctor, when he was travelling with Jamie and Victoria. The enemy of the world mentioned in the title is Salamander, a man who makes his prophecies of natural disasters come true. What was really interesting about the television program is that the same actor that played the Doctor also played Salamander. In the book, you don't get to see and hear this transformation.
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting change of pace Doctor Who story, as this has some sci-fi elements, but it's mostly a political thriller with lots of plots, double cross and mistaken identity.
Not great, but interesting to see Doctor Who try something different.
Doctor Who meets Mission: Impossible.

Not that I think any of the Doctor Who books are great literature, Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World is choppier than most.
May 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thin story line. Terribly convoluted plan to take over the world. Not a very scary villian. The one redeeming quality: Astrid. A strong female character, who could kick ass and take names.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Australia makes it's one and only appearence - oh and the Doctor's double is taking over the world.
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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 t
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