I bought this book along with the 4-disc audiobook CD, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it whilst listening to Jeremy Bulloch's narration in the background.
Jeremy Bulloch who plays Hal the Archer in `The Time Warrior' (and best known to Star Wars fans as Boba Fett), reads the novelisation of this story with tremendous enthusiasm. His performances of the many characters in this story are very convincing, like Irongron, Bloodaxe, Professor Rubeish and Commander Linx. The way Bulloch portrays them sounds exactly like the actors who portrayed them in the TV story. The Jon Pertwee Doctor sounds noble and grand when he plays him.
In terms of the story, I was very surprised by how much detail Robert Holmes has put into his `Prologue' for the story. There's so much detail about how Linx got to Earth when he was escaping from a Rutan battle fleet and the detail in which he experiences the battle is very compelling and absorbing. My favourite line from the `prologue' is where it's described how `a Sontaran rarely smiles, except at the death throes of an enemy'.
Of course, Holmes was originally commission to write the novelisation of `The Time Warrior', but unfortunately he got waylaid with other assignments and couldn't get round to working on it. So therefore he wrote two pages of the story which ended up being the `prologue' and posted them to his friend and colleague Terrance Dicks with a note saying `Finish it!' Dicks mentioned that Holmes finds it hard to write `prose' as it's like `digging trenches'. I also think he would have found it hard writing a lot of detail about the historical setting and the castle for the rest of the story, find Holmes doesn't like writing historical stories all that much.
Terrance Dicks manages to pick up where Holmes writes the story pretty well. As Dicks was so involved in the process of bringing `The Time Warrior' scripts come to life, it's fair to say he was able to add more detail to the characters and their stories, especially with Sarah Jane's character as it's developed from her suspicions of the Doctor to her eventual trust of him. Also I liked how Linx was handled, as the story goes through how he was able to maintain his composure when making trades with Irongron by giving them weapons. There was also some new scenes in the story which took me by surprise, including Hal's canoodling with the serving wrench at Sir Edward's castle and the horse ride sequence of Sir Edward's squire Ben before he gets captured by Bloodaxe and his gang.
Most of what's in `The Time Warrior' TV story is pretty much in the novelisation. But having read it with the audiobook in the background has made me enjoy it once again. The incidental music and the sound effects from the audiobook adds an extra dimension to the story, and it's very catchy when it hearing over and over again.
So therefore `Doctor Who and the Time Warrior' is a very good novelisation of the TV story, and listening to Jeremy Bulloch's narration and performances of the story makes it even better.