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Doctor Who and the Android Invasion Paperback – 1 Nov 1978

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Allen; 1st edition (1 Nov. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426200373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426200376
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another adventure for everyone's favourite Time Lord. The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah believe that they are back on Earth when the TARDIS lands near what seems to be a peaceful English village. But why is the local pub deserted? Who are the spacesuit-wearing figures with guns for fingers? And what does the mysterious return of formerly missing astronaut Guy Craven have to do with it? All is revealed when the Doctor discovers that the entire village is an elaborate dress rehearsal for an invasion of the Earth by the alien Kraals. This was the last story to feature the Doctor's companions Harry Sullivan and Sergeant Benton.

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By Alaran on 9 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
Sarah Jane and the Doctor finally appear to have made it back to modern day Earth when they arrive in the quaint, little English village of Devesham. But the inhabitants are behaving strangely and all is not as it seems.

Sandwiched between such classics as `The Pyramids of Mars' and `The Brain of Morbius' as well as being a script written by Terry Nation that does not feature the Daleks, the televised serial of `The Android Invasion' is often one that is over-shadowed and overlooked. Even the idea of having imposters disguised as UNIT personnel had only been done some weeks before in `Terror of the Zygons', with Ian Marter's performance as the Zygon Harry being vastly superior to his android Harry. This novelisation doesn't promote the story any more. It is a fairly bog standard rendition of the events of the televised original, containing no significant embellishments nor additions.

However, in essence there is something of a good plot here and some nice ideas contained within it. The problem is that most of it has been done before in Doctor Who, and done better. The Kraals are reasonably good aliens (far better than the Vord). The background of their race and their history would be quite interesting if it wasn't just a little too similar to the history of Skaro. Dicks faithfully re-creates the Kraal but does little more with them.

The major weakness with the novelisation is that it lacks the little glances and expressions shared between Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. The highlight of the television version was the way both of them could portray their normal and android versions just by changing the look in their eyes and the way they held themselves. It is something that a novelisation just can't capture in the same way and it is weaker for it.

The author does clear up a flaw from the programme though and offers an explanation for why the android Doctor is still active after the real Doctor and switched off all the androids.
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I will admit, I liked it and it's fine while the Doctor and Sarah Jane are on the alien planet it's just unfortunate it all goes south when they come to earth. Still, it's worth a read.
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Lack of surprise follows lack of surprise 28 Nov. 2000
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The Doctor is still trying to get Sarah back to Earth, the TARDIS arrives outside the village of Devesham, not too far from the Space Research Station which, for some reason, UNIT are now set up at. However, something is wrong. There are mysterious happening and unlikely coincidences which point to the fact that something else is happening.
I have this view that, while not all of Terry Nation's Dalek stories are wonderful, whatever else he writes for Doctor Who is worse. While not as bad as 'The Keys of Marinus', this story isn't too flash either.
Labelling the story 'The Android Invasion' goes quite some way to telling the reader (and viewer of the original TV serial) what is happening here. Terry Nation's use of fairly simple characters doesn't help, and his portrayal of returning UNIT regulars Harry Sullivan and RSM Benton is flat and bland, and since these were the last appearances of these characters (at least on TV), a fairly poor sending off.
In the season in which this story appeared, this story was the low point. Novelisation didn't change that.
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