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Doctor Who and the Daemons (Target Doctor Who Library) [Paperback]

Barry Letts
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May 1974 Target Doctor Who Library
A script from the TV series, in which a mysterious force erupts from a disturbed prehistoric barrow, concussing Dr Who and cutting the local village off with a heat barrier. The Doctor recovers to confront the fact that the Master has used psionic science to release the power of a Daemon, Azal.
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Reissue edition (May 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426113322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426113324
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 727,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRIGADIER: What the blazes is that? Some kind of ornament?
YATES: Not exactly, sir. Watch...
BRIGADIER: Yes, I see what you mean. Never mind, we'll soon fix him. Jenkins? Chap with the wings there. Five rounds rapid!

I bought this book to take with me on a recent daytrip up to Aldbourne in Wiltshire with my two little relatives (aged eight and four). That was of course the location for practically all of the filming in this classic five-part Third Doctor story. It is virtually unchanged to this day, making it very easy to imagine yourself dancing round the maypole with Jon Pertwee. Especially with a book like this in your hand. A book which faithfully recreates the scripts from each of those five episodes, together with some very interesting background information and a comprehensive castlist and production credits. There is nothing fancy about the scripts - it is just a verbatim transcript with associated stage directions. However, it is incredibly easy to lose yourself in it.

We managed to recreate whole scenes with the assistance of this book, stopping just short of blowing up the church though for obvious reasons. Surprisingly enough, the Brigadier was the character both kids wanted to be. Mind you, with lines like that one I quoted above, who can blame them? Nick Courtney really worked some magic of his own in 'The Daemons', albeit of the comedy variety. In fact the three UNIT regulars have a chance to shine. I was 'forced' into being Jo, a role I did however manage to seize with both hands. Had I been given proper warning, I would have gone out and bought myself an authentic brown trouser suit and matching heals, all in the name of authenticity. Maybe with a blonde wig too, and perhaps some perfume... Sadly, it was not to be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'The Devil Rides Out', Doctor Who style 27 May 2001
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One of the most popular Doctor Who serials, with both fans and the cast, 'The Daemons' is adapted by then-series producer and co-author of the original script.
Professor Horner plans to open a barrow known as the Devil's Hump, and the Doctor and Jo head off to stop him. They arrive just too late, as the barrow is opened on the stroke of midnight, releasing an ancient power.
Allied with Miss Hawthorne, the local white witch, the Doctor and his UNIT allies find themselves face to face with a force from before the beginning of history and the Master, who is endeavouring to bring this power under his control...
The illustrations are passable but not terribly good.
This story has strong roles for all the regulars, as well as Miss Hawthorne, and should satisfy most readers who are fond of this period of Doctor Who's history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good novelisation of a classic serial. 8 July 2000
By "mddj" - Published on
Whether you have seen the TV version of this story or not, if you are in to classic telefantasy style science fiction then this book is a must have!! Out of print, but if you get the opportunity then buy a copy!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader 24 Sep 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on
Doctor Who and the Dæmons is one of the creepier variety of Doctor Who stories. One of the small town in England has something very wrong happening there.

Especially when you need to get a local witch to help. A pretty cool character she is. Supernatural forces, aliens, spaceships, and the Master are enough to give the third Doctor plenty to do.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more Doctor 12 Oct 2005
By Bill Huebsch - Published on
This one has a decent plot, but lacks the "pulp" feeling that many of the other novilizations have. It also seems to have more scenes in it that do not involve the Doctor. The Doctor is assisted by Jo in this one as he attempts to save the world (again :) The Master makes a return as the Doctor's opponent. I found the ending of this one to be rather mundane, somewhat anti-climactic.

All in all an OK read, but not one of the best. Not sure if all the editions of this one are illustrated, but mine was with a handful of pictures mixed in to the book. The book also seemed longer than many of the novelizations, weighing in at 180+ pages rather than the typical 120 or so.
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