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Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (Doctor Who Library (Target) #148)

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With unfinished business to attend to, the Seventh Doctor returns to where it all began: Coal Hill School in London in 1963. Last time he was here, the Doctor left something behind – a powerful Time Lord artefact that could unlock the secrets of time travel. Can the Doctor retrieve it before two rival factions of Daleks track it down? And even if he can, how will the Docto ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Target Books, Carol Publishing Corporation
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
The Doctor walked alone in the dark city down near the docks. How many times have I walked here, in this sprawling maze of streets and people? he thought. He couldn't remember-there were so many details, so many worlds. Such a vast glittering universe, and yet it is always here. This planet. Its children will be flung out into the stars, to conquer, to fight, to die on alien planets. Indomitable, fantastic, brilliant and yet so cruel, petty and selfish. And it is always here that the final choic ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Doctor Who novelization that pointed the way to the New Adventures & BBC Books series that were waiting around the proverbial corner. In some ways, "Remembrance" is a throwback to the best of early Terrance Dicks & Malcolm Hulke -- enhanced characters, with detailed, sympathetic & convincing backgrounds and motivations. In other ways, it lays the road map for the original series of Doctor Who fiction that was waiting to be born -- flashback and "historical" sources, and imaginati ...more
Before I began running, I used to joke that running couldn't be as much fun as they say it is because you never see anyone running with a big grin on their face. And while I may not have a big smile planted on my face most days while out pounding the pavement, I can't help but think I had a big smile planted on it for much of the time I was working out while listening to Remembrance of the Daleks.

Based on one of my favorite seventh Doctor stories (and one of my favorite stories from the entire r
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC commissioned a reprint of eleven novels to represent each of the Doctors. I love that they chose to reprint beloved novels instead of publishing new ones, to show off the history of the character. In fact, REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS is a novelization of Episode 152, also written by Ben Aaronovitch. This was his first novel, something I didn't know despite casually enjoying his Peter Grant paranormal mysteries.

I'll admit to being unfamiliar with the
Michael Otway
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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In my opinion, the greatest Doctor Who story ever made.

Remembrance of the Daleks is simply perfect. Fast paced action, tension and a plot that unravels in front of you a piece at a time. I've always loved this story and couldn't possibly fault anything about it.

The book is essential for any fan as it really gives you a lot more insight into the characters, their backgrounds, motivations etc.
In particular, the insights into the creation of the Hand of Omega, the Other and insight into the Special
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during I ♥ ♥ The Doctor (October-December 2013)

The Doctor and Ace have returned to the beginning, Coal Hill School, London, 1963. The Doctor in his 1st incarnation left behind The Hand of Omega, the device that supposedly gave the Time Lords their control of time. But The Doctor doesn't just leave behind anything that could be dangerous in enemy hands... and the Daleks sure think they could do some damage with this device. In fact
Ashly Lynn
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans. Science fiction fans.
Recommended to Ashly by: I'm a Whovian.
4.5 Stars

In this book The Doctor (Seven) and his companion, Ace, must rescue earth, yet again, from the Daleks. It all starts when The Doctor travels back to Coal Hill School in London, 1968. He left something there that needed to be dealt with. Little does he know the Daleks are also searching for what he left. What will happen when The Doctor gets a funny feeling about strange van? First published in 1990 and remastered for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Series, this book is marvelous and a g
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
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"Remembrance of the Daleks" by Ben Aaronovitch follows the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace as they arrive in 1963 at Coal Hill School. The Doctor is searching for a powerful item that holds the secrets of time travel. But the Doctor isn't the only one looking for this mysterious item. Two rival factions of Daleks are at war over this object and it's up to the Doctor, Ace, and their new human friends to prev
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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If someone sat me down and forced me to give them one reason why Doctor Who survived its cancellation in 1989 only to lurk about in the intervening years that preceded its return to the screen in a series of novels that extended and fleshed out the "unseen years," I would answer "Remembrance of the Daleks" without a second thought.

Ben Aaronovitch's story is easily the strongest of the entire Sylvester McCoy era, and it paved the way for a whole swath of "New Adventures" that came after it. And w
Rick Davis
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
"It's not like I'm an innocent. I've taken lives. And I got worse, I got clever. Manipulated people into taking their own." - 10th Doctor, The End of Time

First of all, if you haven't seen the classic Doctor Who serial Remembrance of the Daleks, go watch that now...

Okay, now that that's done... This book is the novelization of the serial, and is written by the same man who penned the original screenplay. The novel format gives Aaronovitch the opportunity to explore the motivations and backstories
Brooklyn Tayla
This wasn't half bad;

In parts, I definitely enjoyed this, and it definitely stuck true to Ace and the Seventh Doctors character. The plot, although engaging at the start, lagged quite a bit in the middle and wasn't until closer to the end that I was interested again.
A Bald Mage** Steve
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The best Dalek story ever written I always make sure I read this at least once a year......... 8/10
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Debo decir con gran desilusión que esta fue mi primera historia de la 7ma reencarnación del Doctor y su fiel compañera Ace. He tenido el placer de ver a los primeros tres doctores en sus series televisivas. Al 8vo doctor en su única aparición en la pantalla grande -más un par de radionovelas y un fragmento de otra pieza literaria-. Así mismo, he seguido como cachorro a su persona a los doctores 9-12.
Todos ellos han causado lo mismo al empezar: Emoción, entusiasmo, un amor extraño por el personaj
The TV version of this story is perhaps my favorite of the Classic Who I've seen, and the novel version is fun, though not especially brilliant. I liked the introduction, in which the author explains that this was basically him using his own TV script as a way to learn prose writing, and it was neat to see him acknowledge his influences here. I like the use of Dune-style epigraphs from fictional books, and I honestly wish those had been present throughout. I also enjoyed the deeper bits of chara ...more
Parody Bear
Not sure why but this book was a hard read for me. I liked it and all but at certain points in the book lost focus.
Koen Crolla
The Seventh Doctor has gotten a raw deal. He's had the worst plots, the most cringe-inducing companions, and the fewest episodes apart from Eight (who received a tremendous amount of attention in the audiobooks, comics, and traditional novels) and Nine (and Christopher Eccleston at least left under his own impulse). Most of this can be blamed on an attempt to return the series to being a children's show rather than a family show, and in many ways it's a miracle he lasted as long as he did, but I ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Whovians, Doctor Who fans
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"Doctor Who and the Remembrance of the Daleks" is a story that stands out to me in the area of Doctor Who novels based on the show. The script writer of the 4 episodes this story spanned also wrote the book I'm reviewing here, so nothing was bastardised in any way, shape, or form; it's true to the original intent of the scriptwriter/author. Because of this, a great story featuring my favourite Doctor and companion, was made even greater. Many things that had to be cut from the show for various r ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a read along with the Escape to Danger blog.

I haven't seen or read any McCoy since he was on screen. he was never my favourite Doctor by a very long way. I wasn't fond of his companions either. Add to that his appearance in the abomination of 1996 and he's way down my list.

Having said all that, this is one of his stories that stuck in my head. Probably my favourite that I have faded memories of from his era.

I found this book difficult to immerse myself in though. The style of writing did
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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To tell you the truth, I really don't know how to review this book so I apologise if this is shorter than my other reviews. You see, Remembrance of the Daleks is based on a TV serial I haven't watched(yet). I have no idea how it compares to it's TV counterpart. What I can say, however, is that I enjoyed reading this book.

Remembrance of the Daleks is a clever story that never fails to surprise or delight. The characters, especially Rachel(who feels like a potential companion)are all likeable and
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Daleks have returned to Earth in search of the Hand of Omega, a powerful Time Lord device that will allow them to better harness time travel. Fortunately, the Doctor and his sidekick, Ace, have arrived just in time to spoil the Daleks' plans. But the Doctor soon discovers that they are in the midst of a confrontation between two different Dalek factions.

Unlike the first two titles I've done in this tour, this particular entry is actually a novelization of a multi-part episode (Remembrance o
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really don't like novelizations of episodes because they tend to just take every word for word and nothing is original. While this was the case in this book too, there was a lot more background and in depth look that made me appreciate the episode even more. You see some of the reactions of Ace in the episode toward the No Colors and how Mike is so strongly attracted to her but in the book it goes more in depth. Ace's best friend was almost burned alive because of a racial fire. Plus how Mike ...more
Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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London, 1963. The seventh Doctor returns - with his new companion Ace - to tackle some unfinished business.

Once again, unusual events are unfolding at Coal Hill School and Totters, Lane junkyard. The Doctor discovers that his oldest foes, the Daleks, are on the trail of hidden Time Lord technology - technology that he himself left behind on Earth all those years ago. The Daleks are planning to perfect their own time-travel capability in order to unleash themselves across all of time and space.

Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's quite ironic that the book is riddled with typos...
The wonderful 7th Doctor was the Doctor of my childhood, so it was quite easy to picture him and Ace while reading this book, although I do feel that for those who do not know the 7th Doctor, certain scenes might play a little differently in their minds.
To help visualise things I decided to do a search for the story arc this book is based on and found it was just as enjoyable as the book.
My major gripe with the book is that the stor
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the TV serial that the book is a novelisation of, only in word form and with extra bits added around the edges. But those extra bits are so worth the price of admission.

Most characters get extra scenes and several bits of backstory to flesh them out, the ever changing relationship between Ace and Mike particularly benefiting from the audience's ability to actually see their thoughts as it constantly develops. It's the Daleks who benefit the most from the additions to their character. This i
May 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Remembrance of the Daleks brings in the Doctor's greatest enemy, but instead of taking both Dalek factions on his own, he watches them go up against each other over the Hand of Omega. The television counterpart is less than 90 minutes spread across four episodes, which explains why this novel is much shorter than the previous 50th anniversary books. Since I have not yet watched the four-part program, the novel's content is my only reference. The plot seemed stunted there didn't seem to be any ef ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]It's not the best Target novelisation - realistically, that honour might go to one of Terrance Dicks' early efforts, before he got into the habit of just doing it by the numbers, or to one of the David Fisher or Donald Cotton books, or possibly Ian Marter's novelisation of The Rescue - but it's not at all bad. The flaws, to get them out of the way first, are too much use of commas where semi-colons or even full stops would have done, and a co ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This excellent Sylvester McCoy story is one of the best Doctor Who stories from the 'classic' era. Ben Aaronovitch, who wrote the script, added layers to Ace and her relationship with the Doctor, who became Machiavellian. His novelization adds dimensions to the supporting characters in the story, fleshing out Captain Gilmore, Rachel, Allison and Mike by describing their remembrances of wars and events in their pasts. Mike's alliance with the 'Shoreditch Association' is explored a little further, ...more
John Parungao
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Happy memories from my childhood. This is a reprint of the original Target novelization. For those of you who don't know, long before classic Dr. Who was released on either VHS or DVD it was adapted into short novels. This particular one was originally written to celebrate Dr. Who's 25th anniversary. Which is probably why it was included in the 50th anniversary book range.

The novel itself has a lot of good points. It's not just a word for word re-telling of the original TV episodes. There's glim
Lauren Rose
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
Probably one of the worst Doctor Who book I've read. The supporting cast are just introduced without any explanation or hint as to whether they've met the Doctor and Ace before, they seem incredibly comfortable with each other if they have just met each other for the first time. I found the whole thing like watching a film or episode of a TV series, where you've fallen asleep partway through, and woken up again and missed something important. It feels like there's some backstory there, not menti ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really disappointing. The intro to the 50th Anniversary edition makes it clear that this is Aaronovitch's first attempt at a novel, and that he thinks it's bad too. It is because of this that I'm forgiving of the book itself being sort of empty, boring, lacking in characterization, lacking character motivation, and not being fun at all. However, I do not understand why the BBC or whoever picked this as one of the 11 books to be in their 50th Anniversary collection. There must surely be tens if n ...more
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Ben Aaronovitch's career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.

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