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Doctor Who - Remembrance of the Daleks (Target Books) [Paperback]

Ben Aaronovitch
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Allen & Co. (Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426203372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426203377
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,984 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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Time will tell, it always does" 24 Dec 2009
Ben Aaronovitch takes his already pretty brilliant t.v. script and gives it an extra dimension in prose, while also being free of BBC budgets constraints to stage epic Dalek battles against the backdrop of early 60's London. Perhaps the best indication of the quality of the novelisation is the amount of information introduced here; Ace's friend Manesha's being attacked by skin-heads (that found its way into Ghostlight), the flashback to Davros's crippling accident and the moment where he contemplates suicide to preserve Kaled racial purity (a central moment in the Big Finish audio CD Davros) and the Daleks refering to the Doctor as Ka Faraq Gatri (a title he uses throughout the Virgin New Adventures and is variously translated in the new series) and the infamous flasdhback to ancient Gallifrey that contains the first appearance of The Other. But on a basic level the book is extremely well written, particularly in the passages that describe the Daleks thought processes, which prefigure the equally brilliant passages desrcibing machine thought in Aaronovitch's The Also People. One of Target's best novelisations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Novelisation That Hits The Target 4 Jan 2012
It has to be said that some of the Target novelisations of the Sylvester McCoy stories could be a bit hit an miss. Some were just basic retellings of the script with a little extra detail, and others which really fleshed out the stories and the characters wonderfully. This book falls into the latter category. Ben Aaronvitch was around the Doctor Who production office a lot during the two series he was there as a writer, and thus had insight into the character of Ace, and Andrew Cartmel's grander concepts of the Doctor. The story of Rassilon, Omega and The Other, the firebombing of Ace's friend Manisha's house, Davros' debates with himself about the racial purity fo the Kaled race, the exerpts from Kadiatu Lethbridge Stewart and Dalek name for the Doctor are all interwoven throughout Who continuity afterwards, in the books, audio and even in the new series.

That's before he gets to giving some of the characters real depth and backstory. The love affair between Group Captain Gilmour and Rachel Jensen is brought wonderflly to life here in a way that's barely hinted at on screen. The passage which describes the action from the internal point of view of the Daleks are very cleverly done, and Aaronvitch shows that he had a real understanding of the depth of characterisation of the Doctor that both Cartmell and McCoy were aiming for. Even the legendary Terence Dicks was never able to go this far.

In short one, of the finest novels in the Target range by the author that wrote the script for it in the first place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks 12 Dec 2013
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It's one of my favourite Dalek stories. I have even been to some of the the story's locations already, such as the Willesden Lane Cemetery, Theed Street and MacBeth Street!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'll remember this 13 Jun 2013
This book is amazing. It had me gripped from the first page to the last. I like the way the book expands on the story giving Ace more depth and having different things in it that were not in the TV episode. Great Read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sylvester Shines 15 Nov 2012
A great novel based on the last dalek appearance in the original series back in 1988. The Doctor and Ace arrive in 1960's London where the daleks have secretly established themselves. The renegade daleks, Davros's original fleet from Skaro, are operating in a warehouse whilst the imperial daleks, the new fleet created on Necros, are operating in a local school using a transmat system from their mothership. They are both after the same device, the Hand of Omega, that will help them to master timetravel. The doctor allies himself with the army and has to resolve the situation, can he erase the dalek presence on Earth and stop them from capturing the Hand of Omega. One of the most popular dalek and dr.who stories of all time.
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