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Terrance Dicks
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10 May 2012 DOCTOR WHO (Book 6)

Centuries ago, a Zygon spaceship crash landed in Loch Ness. Now, with their home planet destroyed, the alien creatures plan to take over Earth. Their most powerful weapon is a huge armoured dinosaur-like creature of terrifying power that they brought to earth as an embryo - the Loch Ness Monster.

The Doctor, Sarah and Harry soon discover that the Zygons have another weapon. They can assume the identity of any human they capture. Who knows which of their friends might really be a Zygon?

UNIT faces one of its toughest battles as Broton, Warlord of the Zygons, puts his plan into action and the Loch Ness Monster attacks.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 30 August to 20 September 1975.

Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, with his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprint edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849904758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849904759
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Fourth Doctor comes face to face with the mythical monster, in a new edition of a Doctor Who classic

About the Author

Terrance Dicks worked on scripts for The Avengers as well as other series before becoming Assistant, and later full Script Editor of Doctor Who from 1968. Dicks worked on the entirety of the Jon Pertwee Third Doctor era of the programme, and returned as a writer - scripting Tom Baker's first story as the Fourth Doctor: 'Robot'. His later script writing credits on Doctor Who included the 20th anniversary story 'The Five Doctors'. Terrance Dicks novelised many of the original Doctor Who stories for Target books, and has written original Doctor Who novels for BBC Books.

Robert Banks Stewart, the original script writer of 'Loch Ness Monster', has been one of the most prolific and respected writers on British television since the 1960s. Originally a journalist, he moved on to work developing movie scenarios at Pinewood Studios and then into script writing. As well as working as a script editor, he has written extensively for television, including The Avengers, The Sweeney and Doctor Who.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bygone Zygons 10 May 2012
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Off the shores of Scotland something is methodically destroying oil rigs and killing all on board. UNIT calls in the one man who can get to the bottom of the mystery... The Doctor.
Wouldn't it be great if you could feed tv shows into a machine and out pop novelisations with crisp no-nonsense prose? Target had such a machine. It was called Terrance Dicks. The Target books were the DVDs of the 70s but using the most powerful special effects suite on the planet... children's imagination. Unlike a lot of Mr Dicks early output this one would have to be the vanilla release with little or no extras - he basically transcribes the tv story onto the page. The only really noticeable change is he makes the Prime Minister a bloke. In the tv story the Brigadier refers to a 'madam' on the other end of the line whereas here Dicks switches it to 'sir'. I suppose after serving up a story featuring a bunch of shapeshifting evil-baby terror-ists trying to take over the world armed only with a pet Nessy and a weakness for blowing their own trumpet, a female Prime Minister was just a bit too far fetched.
It's all great fun. Aged ten reading this I couldn't be happier. I already had plans to visit Loch Ness with my best mate and discover the beastie for ourselves, so this was the next best thing and much closer to my weekly pocket money budget.
Original artwork, features on script to novel, Terrance Dicks, Robert Banks Stewart and a new introduction by Michael Moorcock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostaligic escape with the Dr 7 Aug 2013
By Adam
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I remember reading the old Target books from the library when I was in primary school (which was a long time ago). And I used to love them. These were the days before VCR's were really in the home so the only way to get a fix of Dr Who was to read. Now with this re-released set I finally got a chance to read them again.

Dr Who and the Loch Ness Monster is basically Terror of the Zygons and is every bit as brilliant as I remember it. The story is compact and doesn't really last long (took me just a day to read it). But it is enjoyable, and it's a joy visualizing Tom Baker as the Doctor, with his Teeth, Hair and Scarf.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of a Zygon age 21 July 2012
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When I was a boy I collected and devoured - yes devoured - all the Target 'Doctor Who' novelisations. My teachers despaired of me reading anything else. And there were some books in the series that I read and re-read. This was one of them. It's vintage Terrance Dicks, bless him. Simply written with children in mind, but brilliant nevertheless. All the things I love most about 'Doctor Who' are here - the fourth doctor at the height of his powers, Sarah and Harry as his faithful companions, a spooky, fog-bound location and great supporting characters (who can forget the pub landlord with second sight or creepy Nurse Lamont or the homicidal 'Caber'?). And did I mention the Zygons, one of the best monsters ever to grace the series? In fact isn't it about time they made a return? They're too good to be one hit wonders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars aka Terror of the Zygons 3 Dec 2013
By Alaran
This story was the first of two classics scripted by Robert Banks Stewart during Tom Baker's second year (the other being `The Seeds of Doom'). Terrance Dicks' novelisation successfully captures the feeling and excitement of the original.

The original version of this was, of course, titled `Terror of the Zygons'. Personally I much prefer this title. `Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster' sounds a little crass and tacky. It also spoils some of the suspense and the latter stages of the story. `Terror of the Zygons' is a good title with some mystery to it. Who knows why Target decided to publish the story under this name? It's republications during the eighties were back under the original title.

This adventure was most famous for introducing the eponymous Zygons who subsequently became immensely popular (so much so that they finally returned for the fiftieth anniversary episode, `The Day of the Doctor'). Dicks re-creates them and their sense of menace perfectly in prose form. His Skaresen feels substantially more realistic and thus more menacing without the constraints of filming and special effects.

The action is well proportioned between the three primary protagonists. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah all get to pursue their own investigations relevant to their talents. This works exceptionally well in novel form.

This is a strong novelisation that captures the magic of the televised programme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster 16 Nov 2013
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I am a really big fan of Doctor Who and the books always make me smile, I think I am going to read more Doctor Who books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to revisit early Doctor Who 24 Aug 2013
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Nice to look back on the early days of The Doctor in his Tom Baker incarnation. Good fun and scary
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