This is the very first episode of Doctor Who that I can remember watching a child (I was 5). There were bits that stuck in my mind for years, Leela in the swimming pool, being chased round the TARDIS and K9's replacement box.
The book I think gives a little too much away to start with. It talks about the aliens who are controlling the Doctor and so it's not such a mystery why he's suddenly such an eratic jerk. But apart from that it's a decent interpretation of the story. I did giggle at the added Andred and Leela bits. Leela didn't really seem to find Andred that interesting but there were many bits where Andred thought she was beautiful which made me giggle. Though to me Leela always stayed on Gallifrey to be with Rodan (They held hands WAY more than her and Andred). But I digress.
I really liked this episode. I liked the scheming Time Lords. I like the strangeness of the Doctor and I enjoyed the novelisation version. It didn't really add anything to the story. But it was still fun....Continua
Fourth Doctor, Leela, K-9. Only buy this novelisation if you want a handy book to look up things in or if you think you will never see the episode. The story is fine, but the writing of the book is pretty bad. Much missing punctuation, one or two unfortunate juxtapositions that would be at home in 'The Eye of Argon', and a habit of repeating a descriptive word on the same page (the worst example being a single paragraph on page 30: 'an immense circular chamber', 'one of the largest and most impressive chambers', 'The immense marble floor', 'and on the far side of the hall an impressive staircase'). That's not to say it's painful to read, just very amateurish. Terrance Dicks wrote many worthwhile novelisations. --This is not one of them....Continua