Doctor Who: Earthshock

Doctor Who Earthshock pages Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout A Group Of Palaeontologists Have Been Savagey Attacked While Carrying Out A Study Of Fossilised Dinosaur Remains In

  • Title: Doctor Who: Earthshock
  • Author: Ian Marter
  • ISBN: 9780426193777
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • 128 pages Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout A Group Of Palaeontologists Have Been Savagey Attacked While Carrying Out A Study Of Fossilised Dinosaur Remains In An Underground Cave System On Twenty fifth Century Earth.

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    1. Earthshock is, like most Eric Saward scripts, a bit controversial. I found the TV episode quite compelling as the story pens in the Doctor tighter and tighter. There are a few aspects that don't quite make sense. For instance, no one on Earth seems to know what a Cyberman is, at the same time that an important multi-world conference is going on to create an alliance to fight the Cybermen. I also thought that the Cybermen were introduced too early, which detracts from the impact of the Doctor's r [...]

    2. Not my favourite 5th Doctor story, mainly because of the heavy Adric element in it. However as it is his last story and in fact he dies at the end of the story I can forgive it. An interesting twist on the end of the dinosaurs as well.

    3. It took me a while to get around to reading this. The author, Ian Marter, was an actor and writer who died very suddenly, at the age of only 42. He had the unique situation of acting in the Dr. Who series as a regular character, and then writing nine novelizations of episodes. I even met him once, at a Dr. Who convention, and he was a very nice man.The problem is that I never cared for the fifth Doctor. Both the actor and the way the character was written turned me away from the series for some [...]

    4. The Target novelization of Earthshock is something of a match made in heaven: a fine action/adventure script novelized by Ian Marter, a writer whose style was perfectly suited to that genre. Marter keeps the story running along with his vivid descriptions of the story's action pieces (particularity the scenes in the caves) and by capturing the tension of the original television story which makes the ending all the more shocking, even if you've seen the TV version. There are some problems though [...]

    5. nhwvejournal/763482ml[return][return]Reading the early chapters of this book, I decided that the descriptions of people being melted into puddles of liquid by the androids must be yet another gruesome addition of detail by Marter, and was rather surprised when I checked on-line sources to find that, for once, he has stuck pretty closely to the original story - I think more so than for any of his other novelisations. Unfortunately this does also emphasise the flaws in the plot of "Earthshock" whi [...]

    6. A very straightforward Doctor Who story which is also layered with more emotion than usual.A good example of how in struggling against evil, the Doctor and his companions can pay a high price in the course of their adventures.It does a great job of taking the Cybermen from stock monster of the week and gives them a real sense of menace. Can be a bit unrelentingly grim, but also has a great emotional impact. Seems a shame that one of Adric's best stories is his last.

    7. A good Fifth Doctor story. A bit clumsily written, as so many are, but still engaging enough. This one shows a lot of the emotionality of the Doctor, and how he feels about his companions. I doubt the end is a surprise to anyone, but still somehow it manages to be wrenching and sad.Also, Cybermen, and ordinary humans being heroic. Classic DW.

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