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Doctor Who and the Image of the Fendahl Paperback – 1 Jul 1979


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Reprint edition (July 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426200772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426200772
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 30 Dec 2013
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An ancient evil is resurrected by an archaeological dig and threatens to consume all life on Earth. With its Gothic nature, ancient historical threat and the return of a godlike being through rituals and possessions, this story feels more like it belonged within one of the previous two series.

This was the third script to be written by Chris Boucher and another strong story inspired by some intriguing ideas (this time utilising archaeological and anthropological diffusionist theories rather than those of robotics and artificial intelligence). Dicks does the script justice with his novelisation and improves on some of issues that marred the original televised version. The whole scene with the hiker always seemed a bit disjointed and muddled within the programme but it is more coherent within the book. The purpose of the Fendahleen is made a little clearer and doesn't have the issue of being poorly realised by special effects. However, opposite to this, the Fendahl/Thea Ransome gestalt comes over much better visually within the programme; being a little bland and less dramatic in the novelisation.

The best improvement comes in Dicks' handling of the scene where the Doctor appears to hand someone a gun so that they can kill themselves. That always felt a little wrong and somewhat out of character for the Doctor. It was treated almost as an event in passing by the programme (due to bad editing or directing maybe?) whereas as Dicks takes the time to explain and justify the Doctor's motivations. The scene is a lot less jarring in prose than on the television.

Conceptually the Fendahl is quite an interesting monster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Doctor and Leela take on death personified 14 Dec 2000
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Strangely enough, after the first appearance of K9, the very next story sees him in for repairs (the first of several times!). Instead, we have the Doctor and Leela arrive on present day England after being pulled through a hole in the space-time continuum. This is being caused by a Time Scanner being used to probe the origins of an apparently human skull, but one which is from a time some eight million years before mankind evolved.
There is an ancient power at work, and the Doctor must deal with it to prevent the end of the world...
Chris Boucher is reasonably on form with this story (but not as good as 'Robots of Death') and the adaptation by Terrance Dicks is, while not inspiring, quite reasonable. The main advantage of this story is that some of the special effects in the TV serial were none-too-special.
You may also wish to read this book as background to the eighth Doctor novel, 'The Taking of Planet 5'.
Not bad, but a bit hackneyed. 5 Dec 2013
By Richard Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
This has all the makings of a sort of Doctor-meets-Cthulhu-type of tale, but it's a little lacking on plot. The story itself has Terrence Dicks' usual attention to characterization, but while enjoyable, it seemed a bit rushed and contrived at times. Still, an adventure of the Fourth Doctor and Leeks is ALWAYS entertaining.
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