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Doctor Who and an Unearthly Child [Mass Market Paperback]

Terrance Dicks
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who (15 Oct 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426201442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426201441
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In November 1963, this was the story that introduced the world to Dr Who.
Wisely, rather than begin with the alien Doctor, the story opens with the show's human characters: Ian and Barbara are two teachers at Coal Hill school who are concerned about their unusual pupil, Susan Foreman. The only address that they have for her leads to a junkyard in Totters Lane. One evening they follow her home and encounter her grandfather, the petulant, argumentative and mysterious Doctor. Against his protestations, they force their way into the police box that is standing in the yard and find themselves inside the Doctor's time and space ship, the TARDIS.
Fearing that they will tell others what they have seen, the Doctor hurls the machine back to the dawn of time. There a tribe of cave dwellers, who have lost the secret of fire, just as an ice age is dawning, captures them. The Doctor, Susan and her teachers are caught up in the rivalry between the tribal leader Za and his challenger, Kal, who has seen the Doctor make fire with his matches.
Australian, Anthony Coburn, originally wrote the television script in 1963. This novelisation, by the prolific Terrance Dicks (who authored some 63 of the 156 novelisations that appeared under WH Allen's Target imprint) appeared in 1981.
At 128 pages of relatively large print, the target novelisations were aimed at older primary and younger secondary school aged readers. Terrance Dicks stays faithful to the original script, with just a few amendments to make it work as a novel. There is not too much room for embellishment, but he does a good job of deftly adding brief descriptions that bring the action to life and make it feel more than just a black and white studio bound drama.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Mystery Tour Begins 16 Sep 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Coalbridge School is just a normal type of school, and its kids are just normal Londoners - except for one. To be sure, Susan Foreman is not a problem - she's a clever girl but not above correcting her teachers if she thinks they are wrong and she seems a little, ah, vague about certain hitorical items, so her history and science teachers join forces and track her to her home in order to confront her family...
This is the opening story in the longest running science fiction in the world, where we are introduced to the Doctor and his granddaughter. In this book, the Doctor is treated as a grumpy, but human traveller in the Void of Space and Time. The historical elements that would feature in the first and second Doctor's storylines gets itheir first outing when the Doctor and his Companions help a Stone Age tribe regain the mysteries of Fire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who and an Unearthly Child 14 Jan 2013
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This is the book about the very first episode of Doctor Who. It is a good book for any new Doctor Who fans who don't know how it all started. It tells you what the TARDIS is and what each letter of its name stands for. It is a children's book but still good to read if you are an adult. Enjoy! Thank you.
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By Andy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Doctor Who's first ever episode novelised.

This book expands upon a few details from the shows debut story.

This is worth owning just because its a brilliant story.

Time Lords, Tardises and Teachers!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Of special interest to Doctor who collectors 4 May 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story starts off well but becomes quites drab once the Doctors, Susan and the "kidnapped" Susan and Ian arrive with a tribe of stoneage people.

Given that this was still the relatively early days of science fiction on television a fair amount of lassitude should be given.

In general would recommend it to only to Doctor Who fans who want to complete their collection or want to relive the first episode.
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