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Doctor Who and the Invisible Enemy [Paperback]

Terrance Dicks
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; paperback / softback edition (Mar 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426200543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426200543
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,225,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor enters his own mind 27 Dec 2013
By Alaran
A disembodied alien virus seeks to possess the Doctor so that it can reproduce and swarm across all of time and space. With assistance from Professor Marius, K-9 and Leela, the Doctor must find a way to infiltrate his own mind and defeat the menace of the Nucleus.

Conceptually the story contains an innovative idea as an alien threat. Unfortunately it is badly realised visually within the programme. The peculiar eye make-up that is meant to portray a symptom of the virus looks like a comedy pair glasses and the physical appearance of the Nucleus itself is clearly better not mentioned. Thankfully the book is not restrained by special effects, although the description of the Nucleus is hastily glossed over still.

This story is probably most notable for its introduction of one of the Doctor's most unique companions, K-9. Although K-9's relationships with both the Doctor and Leela are established well in the book still, some of the charm of this interaction and indeed K-9 himself is lost. It feels as if he is given somewhat less attention than in the programme.

It is quite a standard novelisation; merely recalling the events of the original and lacking in inspiration. Although there is plenty going on and a large proportion of action, there is something a little random with the pacing of events occasionally making things seem a little rushed and disconnected. Most of the non-regular characters are also quite bland with little too differentiate between them. It is a fair rendition of the televised programme, improving some areas but lessening others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hello K-9! 1 July 2013
This book is slightly better than the TV serial and does have good moments but it is unfortunate that most of the time it just goes in one ear and out the other! Still on the other hand it does introduce K-9!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doing the best with bad material 29 May 2001
By M. Konczewski - Published on Amazon.com
Based on the Doctor Who serial of the same name, "The Invisible Enemy" has to contend with a sad fact--this is not a very good story. Oh, the first half was good, but once the giant shrimp appears, well, it's all downhill.
Terrence Dicks was the long time story editor of the show, and has written a boatload of novelizations. He is always quite capable, but it never realy rises above the level of competent hackwork. I'd classify this a beach read, as long as you leave the beach in an hour.
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