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Doctor Who and the Web of Fear (Target Doctor Who Library) Paperback – Dec 1979


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; New impression edition (Dec. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426110846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426110842
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For 40 years the Yeti has been quiet, a museum exhibit. Then, without warning, it wakes and savagely murders. Meanwhile, patches of mist are beginning to appear in central London. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria must unite with the young Colonel Lethbridge Stewart to stop the deadly menace.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mitch on 6 Aug. 2012
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This book is one of the best in the target range, the writer Terrance Dicks is a master of the writing arts and I would recommend any of his books. This book is very special because the story has only one episode that still exists and it really gives you a chance to see wht the story was like on television.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 30 Sept. 2007
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A strong television story does not automatically mean that the novelization will remain effective, but Dicks pulls out all the stops to really bring this tale to life. An attempt is made to get away from some of the story's stereotypes, with the colonel's thought that although Evans is a coward the Welsh usually make good soldiers, whilst Julius Silverstein becomes Emil Julius and is far less extreme than onscreen. The descriptions in the book frequently serve to bring the story to life, with Dicks once again depicting the Troughton Doctor with ease. Above all there is a real sense of terror which pervades this novelisation, making the characters seems truly isolated and the Intelligence seem truly threatening.

There are a few minor faults with the book, most notably the failure to clear up just what did happen to the Doctor's fragment of the Web which mysteriously vanishes from Evans' tin (an oversight also in the televised version though it stands out more clearly here), whilst no attempt is made to show what happens to Harold Chorley after he sets out to try and find the TARDIS, despite his being a key suspect to be the Intelligence's agent. But these are little problems carried over from the television story. Otherwise this is an extremely strong book
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TARDIS Traveller on 17 Sept. 2012
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A fantastic novel of the lost story, THE WEB OF FEAR, One of Terrenance Dicks best storys. The Yeti return in another tale. Highly recommended.
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Average adaptation of classic story 21 Oct. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The first appearance of the yeti on Doctor Who was so popular, that after two stories they were back. This is the adaptation of their second story.
The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive in the London Underground, which is strangely deserted - other than some soldiers. Sending Jamie and Victoria to follow the soldiers, the Doctor heads off by himself and encounters a yeti...
Professor Travers, who the travellers had encountered in Tibet, had brought back some items from the Great Intelligence's previous attempt to conquer the world, and his tinkering with them has allowed the Intelligence to again gain access to our world. Travers is working with a group of soldiers, trying to defeat the Intelligence, but little do they realise that one of them is an agent of the Intelligence.
This story is very important to the history of Doctor Who. It introduces Colonel (later Brigadier) Lethbridge-Stewart, and is an early model of the later UNIT stories.
Terrance Dicks' novelisation is perhaps a little less detailed than it might be, which is a pity as this story deserved better. The original broadcast version of this story is all but destroyed (one episode remains). But the BBC have recently released the soundtrack on CD - its available at Amazon's United Kingdom site.
Great adaptation 22 Mar. 2014
By Rich M. - Published on Amazon.com
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A very good Second Doctor adventure and adaptation. It is one of those stories that shows how weird traveling in the TARDIS can be; The Doctor meets someone from the original Yeti adventure, only 40 years older.

This was also the first adventure to feature Lethbridge-Stewart, though he's only a colonel here. The story also lays the groundwork for the creation of UNIT.
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