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Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion [Kindle Edition]

Terrance Dicks
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Put on trial by the Time Lords, and found guilty of interfering in the affairs of other worlds, the Doctor is exiled to Earth in the 20th century, his appearance once again changed. His arrival coincides with a meteorite shower. But these are no ordinary meteorites.



The Nestene Consciousness has begun its first attempt to invade Earth using killer Autons and deadly shop window dummies. Only the Doctor and UNIT can stop the attack. But the Doctor is recovering in hospital, and his old friend the Brigadier doesn't even recognise him. Can the Doctor recover and win UNIT's trust before the invasion begins?



This novel is based on 'Spearhead from Space', a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 3-24 January 1970.



Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, his companion Liz Shaw and the UNIT organisation


commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.


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The Third Doctor's very first adventure - against the Autons, in a new edition of a Doctor Who classic

From the Back Cover

'Here at UNIT we deal with the odd - the unexplained. We're

prepared to tackle anything on Earth. Or even from beyond the

Earth, if necessary.'

Put on trial by the Time Lords, and found guilty of interfering in the affairs

of other worlds, the Doctor is exiled to Earth in the 20th century, his

appearance once again changed. His arrival coincides with a meteorite

shower. But these are no ordinary meteorites.

The Nestene Consciousness has begun its first attempt to invade Earth

using killer Autons and deadly shop window dummies. Only the Doctor

and UNIT can stop the attack. But the Doctor is recovering in hospital,

and his old friend the Brigadier doesn't even recognise him. Can the

Doctor recover and win UNIT's trust before the invasion begins?

This novel is based on 'Spearhead from Space', a

Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from

3-24 January 1970.

Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, his companion

Liz Shaw and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier

Lethbridge-Stewart.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055CS244
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book I ever read and loved. 6 July 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Back in the far reaches of history, at a time when there were no repeats of Dr Who, DVDs, CDs (yes there indeed was such a time)fans devoured these glorious retellings of great adventures. Yes we had no iplayer, we only had the written word. As a child I hated reading, I couldn't understand what the big fuss was all about, that was until, in a book shop in Huddersfield, I came upon this book. You cannot begin to imagine what finding this meant to me. This story was the first Doctor Who story I clearly remember watching and here it was for me to relive over and over again. I now have more books in my house than I should. If I stopped reading Amazon and Waterstones would go under... and it's all because of this lovely little book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spearhead right on Target 15 July 2014
By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To anyone who grew up in the 1970s, these novelisations will forever be the `Target' books. Terrance Dicks easily holds the record for classic `Doctor Who' novelisations; this was his first and remains one of the best. Way back in 1975, the Target edition, with its appropriately military khaki spine and back cover, was my first `view' of the original Auton story, `Spearhead From Space'.

And what a tale it is, enhanced here by Terrance Dicks without the limitations imposed by filming budgets, numbers of extras or special effects. It is a disturbing `alien takeover' story, with roots perhaps in the fear of invasion by the Nazis, still fresh from only 30 years before, or the running theme of communist infiltration that haunted the decades of the Cold War. Certainly the Nestene Replicas, their roles expanded here in the invasion chapters, could stand for either Nazi-sympathising `Fifth Columnists' or pro-Soviet `fellow travellers'.

A brief prologue fills in the trial of the Second Doctor from `The War Games' and explains the mystery that surrounds the `new' Doctor in the opening chapters. The poaching rogue Sam Seeley becomes the readers' eyes and ears, witnessing UNIT `meteorite'-hunting in the woods and the Doctor's arrival. The events that lead poor Hibbert to create Channing in his plastics factory from the `first wave' of Nestene spheres are cleverly shown in a flashback, as Hibbert struggles to free his mind.

There's scope here for a much greater battle as the troops and people of Britain take on hordes of Autons, with the national defence effort being actively subverted by the Replicas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrance of the Autons 2 Oct. 2011
By Stevos
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I went into the Oxfam shop in Ipswich the other day, because to my delight, there was a whole load of the original Doctor Who Target books displayed prominently in the window. About 20 or more of them. A nostalgic treasure trove. So naturally I stood in the doorway, with my tangled mop of curly hair, pleasant open face, youthful energy etc, and tried to work out if I owned all of those books.

A lady with her son passed by, and her son cried out:
"Doctor Who books!" I cheerfully moved aside so the younger generation could do what I did 30 odd years ago - stare at the Doctor Who books and be dazzled and overawed by the choice.

The boy loved it. He was pointing out the Cybermen, the 1960s Cybermen at that! And the Daleks. It was really nice to see a child of today enjoying the same books that I loved in the 1980s. Good to know the current series' appeal has given those old books a boost.

I had to chuckle when the boy pointed at the impressive collection of vinyl records that they also sell in Oxfam and asked: "What are they?"
His mum smiled too and said: "That's what they had before CDs."
"Oh yeah, I knew that," said the boy, possibly not even knowing what CDs are. And went back to the Doctor Who books. Good lad.

Anyway. You don't have to go to Oxfam in Ipswich. Some of the original books have been republished. This is one of them. I read it by the pool on my holiday in Cyprus. Fantastic. The Autons (seen in Christopher Ecclestone's first TV adventure) make their first ever appearance here, as does Jon Pertwee's Doctor.

It's a great story, and you'll probably recognise numerous elements of the new show in the story. Russell T Davies very kindly writes a great foreword for this republished version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars aka Spearhead from Space 16 Oct. 2014
By Alaran
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the novelisation of ‘Spearhead from Space’ renamed for some reason as the ‘The Auton Invasion’, a much duller title that takes the suspense out of the story to some degree. Whatever the title though this was the first adventure for the third incarnation of the Doctor. Dicks acknowledges this as soon as the books begins by providing a new beginning to the story, or rather by adding to the beginning the end of the Second Doctor’s last story, ‘The War Games’. If you, therefore, haven’t seen, read or know exactly what happens at the close of ‘The War Games’ you probably shouldn’t read this, or at least miss out the first chapter. This inclusion does serve to add something to the story, however. By focussing on the Doctor at the outset it helps to cement his role as the lead protagonist in a story where he spends a lot of the first half unconscious.

Of course, the Doctor’s absence for much of the earlier stages of the story allows time to focus on some of the lesser characters. Dicks takes to this with great relish embellishing the personalities and motivations for many characters, particularly the poacher Seeley and the unfortunate Harry Ransome.

This was also the first appearance of the Nestene Consciousness and the Autons. They made a strong enough impression in the programme to come back a year later. In some way the Autons don’t make quite the same impact in the novelisation. As strange as it sounds, they were a very visual monster with their expressionless faces and uncanny motion. The disturbing inhumanness of them whilst resembling something vaguely human isn’t quite captured by the book. Opposed to this is the Nestene Consciousness. Dicks’ description far outshines the rubbery sack seen on screen (the only bad element of the televised story).
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