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Doctor Who-The Daemons: Script (Doctor Who: The Scripts) Paperback – 22 Oct 1992

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; paperback / softback edition (22 Oct. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852863242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852863241
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,276,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 July 2015
Format: Paperback
`The Daemons' is one of the all-time classics of `Doctor Who', perfectly capturing the whole Third Doctor era in a single story: a seemingly tranquil English setting, alien power stirring in the darkness and the sinister Master (posing as the local Vicar) at his nefarious schemes again with only the debonair Doctor and UNIT's finest to save the world.

Renowned producer Barry Letts was co-author of this classic and I think this was his only novelisation (of any televised story) - it's one of my favourites and quite unusual; at 170 pages of small print (in the original 1974 Target edition, dark blue spine and back cover for this one) I think it might be the longest `Doctor Who' novelisation by some way, even allowing for it being a five-part story. This allows for some longer, more descriptive passages, not perhaps to everyone's taste but I liked the style the first time I read it, 40 years ago, and still do.

Generally, it follows the televised version closely; the writing is a pleasure to read and there are a few differences and additions that are fun to encounter, such as joining our heroes for their tasty-sounding `ploughman's lunch' in a quieter moment at `The Cloven Hoof'. The highly convenient stepladder used by Jo Grant to escape from the pub gets a better replacement, as does the too-fortuitous placing of the motorbike used by Mike Yates in the helicopter chase. And in one chancy moment at the heat barrier, this very nearly becomes the last story the Brigadier was ever in ...

Memorable village witch ("A white witch, of course!") Miss Hawthorne here gets to try out some more visible lore and magic, curing the Squire's headache with a herbal remedy and (with the slightly embarrassed Sgt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 10 Jan. 2015
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The serenity of a quiet, country village is threatened by the arrival of archaeologists and the media. But the village also has a mysterious new vicar and in the church’s crypt lurks an even greater threat, perhaps the Devil himself.

As might be expected from the producer at the time of this serial and, under the pseudonym Guy Leopald, the co-author of the script, this is a quite accurate novelisation. It is quite apparent from the book that Barry Letts is clearly more than familiar with the material and characterisation. With a few minor exceptions (Stan’s character is a developed a little further, for example) this is basically a rendition of that seen on screen. There’s a high quality of writing and a strong use of pacing that reflects the various situations of the story.

One of the most popular Third Doctor serials, there is a lot to be enjoyed in the story. The UNIT regulars all have plenty to do, some of which is a little different from their usual activities allowing for different aspects of their characters to be seen. They also get to be a bit more emotional than usual. There are plenty of varied action sequences interspersed with more eerie, disturbing scenarios; the story successfully merging science fiction and horror elements. There are also three very strong but different antagonists and a great ally in Hawthorne. I also particularly like the way that the name of the village prophesises the outcome of the story.

The one flaw to the story, and this only has an effect if you consecutively read all of the Third Doctor’s second year of stories in a row (or indeed watch them in such a way as they were shown), is with the Master.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hal Marshall TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2013
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BRIGADIER: What the blazes is that? Some kind of ornament?
YATES: Not exactly, sir. Watch...
BRIGADIER: Yes, I see what you mean. Never mind, we'll soon fix him. Jenkins? Chap with the wings there. Five rounds rapid!

I bought this book to take with me on a recent daytrip up to Aldbourne in Wiltshire with my two little relatives (aged eight and four). That was of course the location for practically all of the filming in this classic five-part Third Doctor story. It is virtually unchanged to this day, making it very easy to imagine yourself dancing round the maypole with Jon Pertwee. Especially with a book like this in your hand. A book which faithfully recreates the scripts from each of those five episodes, together with some very interesting background information and a comprehensive castlist and production credits. There is nothing fancy about the scripts - it is just a verbatim transcript with associated stage directions. However, it is incredibly easy to lose yourself in it.

We managed to recreate whole scenes with the assistance of this book, stopping just short of blowing up the church though for obvious reasons. Surprisingly enough, the Brigadier was the character both kids wanted to be. Mind you, with lines like that one I quoted above, who can blame them? Nick Courtney really worked some magic of his own in 'The Daemons', albeit of the comedy variety. In fact the three UNIT regulars have a chance to shine. I was 'forced' into being Jo, a role I did however manage to seize with both hands. Had I been given proper warning, I would have gone out and bought myself an authentic brown trouser suit and matching heals, all in the name of authenticity. Maybe with a blonde wig too, and perhaps some perfume... Sadly, it was not to be.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
'The Devil Rides Out', Doctor Who style 27 May 2001
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Format: Paperback
One of the most popular Doctor Who serials, with both fans and the cast, 'The Daemons' is adapted by then-series producer and co-author of the original script.
Professor Horner plans to open a barrow known as the Devil's Hump, and the Doctor and Jo head off to stop him. They arrive just too late, as the barrow is opened on the stroke of midnight, releasing an ancient power.
Allied with Miss Hawthorne, the local white witch, the Doctor and his UNIT allies find themselves face to face with a force from before the beginning of history and the Master, who is endeavouring to bring this power under his control...
The illustrations are passable but not terribly good.
This story has strong roles for all the regulars, as well as Miss Hawthorne, and should satisfy most readers who are fond of this period of Doctor Who's history.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good novelisation of a classic serial. 8 July 2000
By "mddj" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether you have seen the TV version of this story or not, if you are in to classic telefantasy style science fiction then this book is a must have!! Out of print, but if you get the opportunity then buy a copy!!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Needs more Doctor 12 Oct. 2005
By Bill Huebsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This one has a decent plot, but lacks the "pulp" feeling that many of the other novilizations have. It also seems to have more scenes in it that do not involve the Doctor. The Doctor is assisted by Jo in this one as he attempts to save the world (again :) The Master makes a return as the Doctor's opponent. I found the ending of this one to be rather mundane, somewhat anti-climactic.

All in all an OK read, but not one of the best. Not sure if all the editions of this one are illustrated, but mine was with a handful of pictures mixed in to the book. The book also seemed longer than many of the novelizations, weighing in at 180+ pages rather than the typical 120 or so.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not Free SF Reader 24 Sept. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Doctor Who and the Dæmons is one of the creepier variety of Doctor Who stories. One of the small town in England has something very wrong happening there.

Especially when you need to get a local witch to help. A pretty cool character she is. Supernatural forces, aliens, spaceships, and the Master are enough to give the third Doctor plenty to do.
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