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Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death: 3rd Doctor Novelisation

(Doctor Who Library (Target) #121)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Geoffrey Beevers reads this action-packed novelisation of a Third Doctor television adventure.

Seven months after it left Mars there has still been no radio communication with the Probe Seven spacecraft, or the astronauts inside it. Back on Earth concern is mounting, and eventually a recovery capsule is sent up to rescue the astronauts. But when the capsule returns to Earth
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Audio CD, 1 page
Published January 4th 2018 by BBC Physical Audio (first published June 1987)
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Michael
The final televised Third Doctor story to reach the printed page was something of a disappointment when I read it initially thirty plus years ago. However, thanks to the audiobook line from BBC Audio, I was given the opportunity to visit the story once again.

In the years since I first read the novel, "The Ambassadors of Death" has grown a bit in my estimation. Yes, it's still the weakest story of season seven, but that's damning a bit with faint praise.

Terrance Dicks' adaptation of the John Wh
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Christian Petrie
With a few days to go, nearing the end of another year of my Doctor Who challenge. In the 2 1/2 years I have worked my way to the 3rd Doctor. Also, the first time that I have read a book shortly after watching the story it is about. This gives a different feel to the book.

The premise is finding out what happened to the astronauts that were sent to Mars and the one on the rescue vehicle. This is told over the course of six episodes on TV, which could have been shortened to four episodes. Because
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Jonathon Dabell
I read this as a brief time filler, having got back into the old Doctor Who stories and programmes due to my daughter's interest in them. The book is very straightforward and simplistic, and bears all the hallmarks of a hastily novelised spin-off (which, of course, is precisely what it is). Very fast and easy to read, but lacking true verve. Some of the plotting was interesting(ish), such as the various double-crosses that take place throughout the story and the fact that the perceived "baddies" ...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1032344.html?#cutid3[return][return]This is not particularly good. We lose out on the action scenes which were one of the original story's strong points (along with generally good direction), and Dicks adds little new to the plot which basically exposes its weaknesses rather more mercilessly to the reader. Published in 1987, this was the last of the televised Third Doctor stories to reach print (wording chosen carefully to allow for Barry Letts' novels based on his two ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've never been a big fan of the TV version of "The Ambassadors of Death" -- too long, too drawn out, and too concerned with tiny details at the expense of a brisk pace. But in the hands of former script editor Terrance Dicks, the prose version of this tale is stripped down and streamlined into a much more manageable...and much more enjoyable...adventure. The last of the Jon Pertwee/3rd Doctor novelizations makes for surprisingly crisp and concise reading.
Travis
Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bit of a change of pace story for Doctor Who, as it's a very straightforward and tries for a more hard science approach.
Miscommunication between aliens and humans, mixed in with a bit of paranoia causes trouble for the British Space program, the Doctor and soon earth itself.

Sarah
Feb 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't even finish. Slow moving and didn't feel like doctor who.
stormhawk
Not one of the better episodes, surely a superintelligent, highly radioactive, spacefaring alien race would find a better way of sending ambassadors to Earth than having them kidnapped ...
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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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