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Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks: 50th Anniversary Edition (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection) [Paperback]

Ben Aaronovitch
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7 Mar 2013 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection

With unfinished business to attend to, the Seventh Doctor returns to where it all began: Coal Hill School in London in 1963. Last time he was here, the Doctor left something behind - a powerful Time Lord artefact that could unlock the secrets of time travel. Can the Doctor retrieve it before two rival factions of Daleks track it down? And even if he can, how will the Doctor prevent the whole of London becoming a war zone as the Daleks meet in explosive confrontation?

An adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor as played by Sylvester McCoy and his companion Ace

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905985
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Aaronovitch was born in 1964. Discovering in his early twenties that he had precisely one talent, he took up screenwriting at which he was an overnight success. He wrote for Doctor Who, Casualty and the world's cheapest ever SF soap opera Jupiter Moon. He then wrote for Virgin's New Adventures until they pulped all his books.

Then Ben entered a dark time illuminated only by an episode of Dark Knight, a book for Big Finish and the highly acclaimed but not-very-well-paying Blake's 7 Audio dramas.

Trapped in a cycle of disappointment and despair Ben was eventually forced to support his expensive book habit by working for Waterstones as a bookseller. Ironically it was while shelving the works of others that Ben finally saw the light. He would write his own books, he would let prose into his heart and rejoice in the word. Henceforth, subsisting on nothing more than instant coffee and Japanese takeaway, Ben embarked on the epic personal journey that was to lead to Rivers of London (or Midnight Riot as it is known in the Americas).

Ben Aaronovitch currently resides in London and says that he will leave when they pry his city from his cold dead fingers.

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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.

About the Author

Ben Aaronovitch writes tie-in novels and TV scripts, and wrote the screenplays for the Seventh Doctor episodes Battlefield and Remembrance of the Daleks. He is the author of a series of audio dramas based on TV's Blake's 7, as well as the acclaimed Rivers of London series. He also works as a bookseller.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Hard to believe this is almost a quarter of a century old.
I picked this one up partly because it was one of my favourite Doctor Who periods and partly because of the books this author has gone onto write, specifically the Rivers series, beginning with: Rivers of London (PC Peter Grant).
The foreword was well worth reading, and pretty much gives the books strengths and weaknesses in a nutshell.
If I was reading it without the nostalgia and history of Doctor Who I might have rated it slightly lower, but I enjoyed it, and it was a good entertaining read. Thanks for the memories and a couple of hours of nostalgia fuelled fun.
If you like this Doctor and Ace then definitely recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daleks At Coal Hill School? 13 Nov 2013
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This novel is an adaption of season 25 opener Remembrance Of The Daleks by the same writer Ben Aaronovitch.

The Doctor & Ace return to Coal hill school in 1963 the same year the first Doctor left with Susan,Ian & Barbara.

The Seventh Doctor has come back to conclude some unfinished business using the power of the Hand Of Omega a powerful Timelord artefact that can unlock secrets of time travel.

Can the Doctor retrieve the Hand Of Omega in time & prevent two rival Dalek factions from gaining the awesome power of the Hand Of Omega & stop them using it's power as the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

The Doctor & Companion Ace try to prevent the whole of London becoming a Dalek warzone as the two Dalek factions go to war against one another.

And why is it the Dalek Emperor sounds so vaguely familiar?.

This is a great adaption by the author Ben Aaronovitch who has also fleshed out some parts of the story from the tv version & given a little more depth to the characters including Davros.

Why this books been chosen for the 50th Anniversary set of novels is a mystery as the are plenty of Seventh Doctor original novels not seen on TV to adapt so why choose one that's already been shown on TV?

In fairness to the author what has been adapted is well written, Pacey & full of tension.

A great adventure which can be either purchased on Dvd to watch or buy this novel to read.

Recommended purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dalek Civil War in 1963 10 Sep 2013
By Alaran
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It seems an odd situation to select a novelisation of one of the television serials to represent the Seventh Doctor whilst choosing original novels to represent all the other Doctors; especially as the Seventh Doctor has probably featured in more original novels. This book is also the only former Target book to appear in this anniversary selection.

The above aside, `Remembrance of the Daleks' has probably always been considered the best of the Seventh Doctor's television adventures, and deservedly so. Much of what made the TV version great is lost, however. It was certainly one of the more visual Doctor Who serials. Although the author has added to the battle scenes little can be done to compensate for actually seeing Dalek's battling it out in civil war.

Opposed to this, the novelisation has allowed the author to build upon his characters and make them more fully rounded. There was very little time to devote to individuals and their motivations during the action of the televised version. There is a love affair sub plot between Gilmore and Rachel that was unapparent in the program (or at least it was to me) and much more is made of the attraction between Mike and Ace. Mike's character is given far more reasoning for his actions as well. Most interesting though is that AAronovitch has made individuals out of some of the Daleks. The Saucer Commander, the Dalek Supreme and the Special Weapons Dalek are all treated as individual characters. There is even a bit of previously undisclosed information concerning Davros' past. One of the most interesting aspects of this book is the way that the author has followed the Dalek Supreme and Davros in a parallel. Usually every insight into the motivations of Davros is followed by a small section doing the same for the Dalek Supreme.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Baffling 7 Aug 2013
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An odd choice for this anniversary series of reprinted novels featuring the various Doctors. The seventh is possibly the subject of more original novel length fiction than any of the others, so to find him the only Doctor represented in this run by a novelisation of a transmitted episode is rather baffling. The novelisation itself introduces a few elements not seen on screen, several of which entered the mythology of the character for a while, and this does make it an item of more interest than a straight translation of a screenplay, but these elements are all things which are better represented and expanded on in those (far, far superior) original novels (some of which the author wrote). In its own right, this is a quick dash through a fairly satisfying TV story that you can buy the DVD of, and are probably already familiar with if you're the type to be picking these books up in the first place. It does its job reasonably well as a novelisation, but doesn't come close to earning a slot in this run of reprints.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Daleks back at Totters Lane 12 July 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the story chosen to represent the Seventh Doctor in the novelisations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in 2013. Unusually for this series of novels, this story was actually a televised serial from the original series, played initially in 1988 as part of the 25th Season, and featuring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace, his feisty companion. This was only the second story to feature Ace, her character having been introduced in the last story to feature Mel Bush, Dragonfire.

In this story, the action takes place over just a few days, but the pace is rapid. The Doctor has returned to Totters Lane in November 1963, to resolve some unfinished business from when he left with Susan, Ian and Barbara. Unfortunately, he seems to have miscalculated somewhat and gets more than he bargained for when two groups of Daleks join in the action.

The story as it appeared on tv always seemed a bit confusing to me, with the scenes cutting ina and out so fast that it all became a bit of a blur. The book tidies that up quite a lot, with some background that helps build the characters better, and continuity that helps tie the storyline together into a coherent narrative. It is still a fast-paced story, and there are lots of action scenes, with Ace and her baseball bat getting involved early on. I really liked the character of Ace; she made a change from `girly' or `helpless' companions, and her rapport with the Doctor meant good exposition of the storylines they were in together. The Doctor is his usual seventh Doctor mysterious self, and the characters from the 1960s time period are well written and portrayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good novelisation that adds some depth to the TV version
In many ways, this is a perfect novelisation of a classic Doctor Who story to read at the 50th anniversary. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Hopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
Ben Aaronivitch is an excellent writer but even he acknowledges in the forward that as his first foray into full length fiction this is not as accomplished as his later work... Read more
Published 10 months ago by B. Kingston
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't revisit your heroes
When I was lad I sat in front of the TV and watched a funny man with a cool umbrella take on his greatest foes and I loved it. I loved his so eighties it hurt companion. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christopher Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Mr Aaronovitch
Loved the story, well do Ben
I could see Mat Smith all the way through the story tyipical Doctor Who
Published 11 months ago by ME
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
This book based on probably one of the most famous Dalek stories doesn't disappoint. Set in the 1960's, the script originally written in the late 1980's and the book just now the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Superbingonbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
Great gift for a friend. I will enjoy borrowing it back off him when he is finished reading it !!!
Published 12 months ago by FiMorton
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Remembrance of the Daleks (Paperback)
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