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Doctor Who Meglos (A Target Book) [Paperback]

Terrance Dicks
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W.H. Allen (5 May 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426201361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426201366
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,162,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A story featuring the further adventures of the time traveller Dr Who, as he journeys through time and space with a variety of companions. This work is based on the television series of the same title which featured Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor.

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By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is the novelisation of the story first broadcast in 1980 in Season 18, preceded by The Leisure Hive and followed by Full Circle. The story is novelised here by Terrance Dicks.

This is one of those stories that is not really very memorable; a bit two-dimensional and rather forgettable. On the planet of Tigella, the people live underground away from the rather dangerous plant life. Their source of energy, the mysterious Dodecahedron, is worshipped by one faction as a god, and utilised by another faction as a scientific artefact. When the power source begins to fail, their leader Zastor calls on the Doctor for help. But someone else is listening to the call for help and decides to use the Doctor's visit for their own purposes.

There is an attempt at humour in this story, which falls rather flat; and the menace which should be present to make the story work in this regard, is also missing. So, overall - a good story, but definitely not great; one for a diehard Doctor fan (like me). Promise holds for the next story, as the Doctor and Romana receive a message from Gallifrey and must respond.
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By Alaran
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A malevolent cactus, the sole survivor of the ancient race of Zolfa-Thurans, assumes the Doctor’s identity so that he can infiltrate the planet of Tigella and steal the Dodecahedron; a mighty power source that fuels Tigellan civilisation but was originally the heart of a Zolfa-Thuran weapon of mass destruction.

This is a somewhat odd and random story. The plot is never really adequately explained and Meglos’ ‘grand’ plan often seems like it is improvised or left to chance despite the thousands of years he has spent planning it whilst trapped as a cactus. There is no explanation given as to why he waits so long to act. Perhaps he had to wait for allies in the Gaztaks (who seem far from the best allies he could have found) or for the Doctor to be passing. Why he needs to have human abducted from Earth so that he can steal their body is also incredibly vague. The reason given in the text is that humans are more malleable. That seems incredibly unlikely considering what is seen of both Gaztaks and Tigellans. Surely it would have been easier to assume the form of one of the Tigellans to infiltrate Tigella. The book makes a slightly better effort than the televised version to offer reasons behind Meglos’s plans but it is still very unsatisfactory in its logic and depth.

Dicks’ best addition to the story, in what is otherwise a pretty standard novelisation, is the embellishment of the role of the abducted human, George Morris. In the televised story he was no more than a mere vessel for Meglos to utilise. Dicks includes what are almost a prologue and epilogue to provide him with a back story and at least some character, however minimal. It is enough though to make him endearing and sympathetic, which the character really needs.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A thorny story 9 Jan 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
With the randomiser now removed, and he Doctor is repairing K9, when the TARDIS arrives in the Prion system. The Doctor decides to visit Tigella, a planet which he has visited before, and he and Romana talk about the lost civilisation on the neighbouring planet Zolfa-Thura. But Zolfa-Thura is not as dead as they believe...
Something of a throwback to season seventeen, this story contains some sillier moments and is all a bit peculiar. Not a great story.
4.0 out of 5 stars The cactus Doctor 18 Nov 2005
By Bill Huebsch - Published on Amazon.com
A cactus plots to rule the universe. Can the Doctor stop it? Actually the Doctor is it, or rather it is the Doctor. Meglos, the last of his cactus race is an evil genius. He has a plan to steal the mysterious power source from a neighboring planet and use it to take over all of space by impersonating the Doctor. Only the Doctor (assisted by K9 and Romana) can stop him. Yet another quick fun novelization of the fourth Doctor.

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