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Doctor Who and the Cybermen [Kindle Edition]

Gerry Davis
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The Second Doctor's first battle against the Cybermen, in a new edition of a Doctor Who classic

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In 2070, the Earth's weather is controlled from a base on the moon. But when the Doctor and his friends arrive, all is not well. They discover unexplained drops of air pressure, minor problems with the weather control systems, and an outbreak of a mysterious plague.



With Jamie injured, and members of the crew going missing, the Doctor realises that the moonbase is under attack. Some malevolent force is infecting the crew and sabotaging the systems as a prelude to an invasion of Earth. And the Doctor thinks he knows who is behind it: the Cybermen.



This novel is based on 'The Moonbase', a Doctor Who sci-fi story that was originally broadcast from 11 February-4 March 1967.



Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his companions Polly, Ben and Jamie



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 698 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849901910
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00546DOH6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonbase under siege 7 July 2011
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'There are some corners of the universe... which have bred the most terrible things. Things which are against everything we have ever believed in. They...' he shivered in spite of himself,'... must be fought. To the death.'
I do like it when the Cybermen are sneaky. They really can be quite creepy as they infiltrate their targets, keeping hidden as they undermine and convert. All this stomping about in formation they do nowadays just doesn't have the same scare factor. But I'm a long way from nine years old now... so what do I know?
Script Editor Gerry Davis on the 1967 story transcribes the Kit Pedlar script to novel pretty much word for word. He does add a strong narrative though and there are also a few references to the real moon landing which hadn't taken place when the episodes were first shown but revisiting the script in 1975 gave him the chance to arm Ben and Polly with knowledge that would back up their new 1970s origins overwriting their 1960s one from debut story 'The War Machines'. It's a nice touch. The story relies on the often used 'base under siege' story template so often employed during Pat Troughton's era, though there's little attempt to keep the Cybermen under wraps as the tv episodes did. No mystery threat here. It's the Cybermen - woo-hoo. They're on the cover and we get a little origin prologue to kick off. With half of the serial missing reading this rereleased novelisation is probably the best way to either relive the adventure or discover it for the first time. Great stuff.
This new edition includes an introduction by Gareth Roberts, the original illustrations by Alan Willow, profiles of gerry Davis and Kit Pedlar and a look at the changes made to the tv script and the novelisation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic novel comes to audio 22 Jun 2009
By D. Evans VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Over a twenty period Target books realised novelisations of nearly all the original Doctor Who stories. The only ones that were not released were due to right issues with the original writer. All the Cybermen serials were adapted, and the novel version of The Moonbase, confusingly renamed Doctor Who and The Cybermen as a book, even though it was not the original television story to feature the Cybermen, now comes to audio CD.
The early days of the target novels was the golden period for the book range, and this actually matched a great period for the programme on tv, with the early Tom Baker serials generating huge audience figures, and this audience then hunted down the books available. With no videos or DVDs back in the mid 70s, for many fans the closest they good get to seeing the earlier serials was to read the novels. This novel featured the Second Doctor, alongside companions Ben,Polly and Jamie - who had just joined the crew. It was originally on tv in 1967 some 8 years earlier.
In the early days the novel size was not restricted so here we have Gerry Davies giving an indepth description of a moonbase in 2070 coming under attack from Cybermen. All the characters are well developed and the novel really keeps your attention. I am also pleased that the original superior cover is kept on the CD, even if it does feature an incorrectly designed Cyberman. This type of Cyberman not coming into the series until the end of the 60s.
Anneke Wills proves to be an excellent reader, and it was an inspired idea to get the voice of the Doctor Who monsters from the current stories, Nicholas Briggs, to come in and do the Cybermen voices.
This is very hghly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic of its kind 25 Mar 2009
By Emanon
Format:Audio CD
In the dim and distant past, when Doctor Who was a man with a deeply lined face and a shock of white hair, someone wisely (?) bought me a copy of "Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks" and I was hooked. The first dozen or so Target editions were published with the Doctor Who logo in thick black text and it is those volumes - Daleks, Crusaders, Zarbi, Cybermen, Abominable Snowmen, Auton Invasion, Cave Monsters, Doomsday Weapon, Daemons, Day of the Daleks, Curse of Peladon, Sea Devils - of which I am fondest, dating from a time before the range became a monthly production line and the "arc top" logo became standard. But "Doctor Who and the Cybermen" remains a favourite. Maybe it was the black spine, or maybe the rather brilliant (if wrongly referenced) cover, but actually, I think it was just the story that stuck with me at a very impressionable age.

I was so looking forward to this one getting the audiobook treatment, and I wasn't disappointed. The text by Gerry Davis always improved admirably on the limitations of the television production (of which only 2 episodes still survive - available on "Doctor Who - Lost in Time" on DVD, but the entire story is available as "The Moonbase" in the BBC soundtrack CD range) and created a gripping and entertaining story with some wonderful embellishments (as well as the idea of the second Doctor wearing a cravat) which carried me along through a long train journey and didn't disappoint me after 35 years.

Anneke Wills is an enjoyable voice to listen to (I would recommend her audio memoir "Self Portrait" if you want to hear more) and some of her dialects (Jamie's Scots, Hobson's Yorkshire) are simply a delight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars There are some corners of the universe that have bred the most...
In attempting to reach Mars, the Tardis crew accidently end up visiting the moon. There they soon discover a weather control station manned by an international crew who one by one... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Alaran
5.0 out of 5 stars love this story
Having got this book on audio, I still, love this story,and the Cybermen r my fav Doctor Who villain. The Oder types of Cybermen were more scarier than the newer ones.
Published 1 month ago by Julie Anne Summers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, though not as good as some
Another one of the early 1970s Target Doctor Who novelisations now in eBook form, based on the 1967 Patrick Troughton story The Moonbase. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cybermen moon about
This BBC Book edition lovingly restores the feel of those old Target editions of Doctor Who. In the 70's they were my and many others only route to past Doctors and their... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delete Delete
Cybermania great story loved every minute of classic Who, an easy flowing read so engrossed I lost all track of time and ended up awake with the morning birds
Published 14 months ago by BobbyJoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who and the Cybermen
In 2070, the Earth's weather is controlled from a base on the moon. But when the Doctor and his friends arrive, all is not well. Read more
Published 16 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Dr Who Version
Brought back great memories from reading the original paperback version. Lost nothings as an ebook and the little extra notes are a nice touch.
Published 18 months ago by S. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Troughton as the Doctor
One of the better classic story's for the Doctor. It has everything. Time travel, alien races, the moon and Jamie
Published 19 months ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I bought all the 'Target' Doctor Who novelizations when I was a kid. This was before the VCR so the only way to re-live Doctor Who was to read it in novel form. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by Sean
4.0 out of 5 stars Shame the TV version was 'deleted'
If you can get past Anneke Wills' atrocious attempt at replicating the voice of Jamie McCrimmon then this is another highly impressive audio reading of a classic Target Doctor Who... Read more
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