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Doctor Who-The Rescue Paperback – 21 Jan 1988

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; New edition edition (21 Jan. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426203089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426203087
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maureen O'Brien reads this thrilling novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Ian Marter is best remembered by Doctor Who fans as the actor who played the Fourth Doctor's companion Harry Sullivan. In fact, his first role in Doctor Who came a couple of years earlier when he played the character of Andrews in 'Carnival of Monsters'. Marter worked with his friend Tom Baker on ideas for a possible Doctor Who film, and together they developed a script. Though the film was never made, Marter continued to write and novelised nine Doctor Who adventures for Target books. Ian Marter died in 1986. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The EYE OF HORUS Editor on 23 Mar. 2013
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Like having your favourite Auntie perching on the edge of your bed regaling you with a bedtime story when you were four years old, Maureen O'Brien's presentation of DOCTOR WHO - THE RESCUE is equally as heart-warming, gratifying and delicious, and with Ian Marter's pre-eminent writing then this new audiobook from AUDIOGO justifies an unqualified recommendation.

Published in 1987, this TARGET novelisation represents the very best from (former DOCTOR WHO Fourth Doctor companion, Harry Sullivan) Ian Marter, and, ironically, his final novel (he died in 1986) for the publisher. Fleshing out David Whitaker's original 1965 televised two-parter to a full-length novelisation, Marter demonstrates a tactile and creative approach drawing the reader/listener into scenarios that they had not previously seen during the broadcast. It's a skill that, perhaps, under a different clattering of a manual typewriter would have failed to manifest but, characteristically, Marter delivers what could be considered to be a new, refreshing and ultimately an enthralling story. And, with a spin-off effect, it might inspire to visit the original printed novel.

(Description of the First Doctor) "...pale hawkish face. The imperious effect of his nose..."

In emulating the NEW SERIES' "pre-title sequence set-up", Marter strategically opens THE RESCUE within the confines of an aging space vessel, complete with an in-fighting disparate crew, on course to the planet Dido and an uncertain destiny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2013
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This is an audio reading of the novelisation of the classic First Doctor story the Rescue. In this story, it's shortly after the departure of Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, and he is feeling a little lost without her. When the Tardis lands on the planet Dido, the travellers find the wreck of a ship with only two crew members - Bennet and a young woman, Vicki. But all is not as it seems, and the Doctor, Ian and Barbara go through some adventures of their own before they can leave the planet once again, this time with Vicki as a member of the Tardis crew.

The original tv story, first aired in 1965 was only a two parter, and the late great Ian Marter did a wonderful job in taking a fairly sparse story and populating it - backstories on the characters, wonderful descriptive passages of the planet Dido and of the rescue craft coming for the Astra 9 wreck survivors. Maureen O'Brien, who played Vicki in the tv series has also done a great job here reading the novelisation. Her voices and the inflections of the characters are spot on; she has even done a good job with the very recognisable vocal habits of the Doctor, and Barbara and Ian as well. This is an example of a fairly run of the mill story which has been really lifted through great novelisation and lifted further by great reading. The story is memorable really for being the introduction to the Tardis crew of Vicki, and it is, as always in the First Doctor era, the characters themselves who really drive the story and its success. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hevingham on 3 Jun. 2013
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The Rescue is never going to be held up as one of the greatest classics of Doctor Who nor indeed teen fiction, but its a jolly romp read well by Maureen O'Brien who starred in the original episodes five decades ago.

The story is simple, the TARDIS arrives on a planet that holds a secret; who is the mysterious Koquillion? The crew meet Vicki destined to join the crew, as a young survivor of a crashed space craft.

The novel was written by the late Ian Marter whose novels had a reputation for being more adult in tone than others in the Target range. This tale, is, sadly, a little overwritten in places and whilst I appreciate the need to flesh out the story (done so well by Marter in another two parter's novelisation, The Sontaran Experiment) some of it just drags. A longer read than say Planet of the Daleks, which featured 4 more episodes on TV, this tale is good, but does tend to outstay its welcome.

Luckily the reader is on fine form, and for once the sound FX and music are kept in their rightful place.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 April 2013
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Originally published by Target Books in 1987, The Rescue was the late Ian Marter's final contribution to the Target range.

He first came into the Doctor Who orbit as an actor, initially as Andrews in the 1973 story "Carnival of Monsters" and then as Harry Sullivan, companion to Tom Baker's Doctor in 1975. Several years after leaving the series he was invited to pen a Doctor Who novelisation, and for the next decade or so he produced some of the best books in the range.

He once, half seriously joked that he was given the books that "Terrance (Dicks) didn't want to do". And there's probably some truth in that. The Rescue was only a two part story, so in order to fill out the book to hit the required page count, Marter needed to invent and elaborate considerably on the original, somewhat basic script.

On the screen, The Rescue is designed to introduce the new companion, Vicki, played by Maureen O'Brien. There's also the mild mystery of the mysterious Koqullion, but it's pretty thin stuff.

On the page, Marter expands and enriches the original script with aplomb. Amongst the new material added, there are sections detailing the crew of the rescue ship which is on its way to the planet Dido. Also, we have some very atmospheric descriptions of the planet and its ruined civilisation, which would have been outside the limited TV budget of the time.

By the time of his sadly premature death, Ian Marter had completed the first draft. The final manuscript was edited and finalised by the Doctor Who books editor, Nigel Robinson, and stands as a fine tribute to Marter's work on the Target range.

The Rescue is read by Maureen O'Brien, who as mentioned, played Vicki in the TV serial.
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Ian Marter's Final Words 17 April 2012
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Ian Marter was born on the 28th of October 1944. In life he juggled the double careers of television actor and story writer. Fans of the classic Doctor Who series would recognise him as Harry Sullivan, one of the first companions to Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor. Harry's time as a character was short only lasting for just over a year, but Marter's time with Doctor Who was only just beginning. After his tenure as Harry Sullivan, Marter joined with a corps of Doctor Who writers to start publishing a line of short story adaptations of the Doctor Who episodes. Towards the end of his life, he wrote the novel versions of The Ark In Space, The Sontaran Experiment, The Ribos Operation, The Enemy of the World, Earthshock, The Dominators, The Invasion, Harry Sullivan's War (a spin-off novel), The Reign of Terror and this one. Ian Marter died on the 28th of October 1986. Doctor Who: The Rescue was the last story he ever wrote.

The Rescue takes place right after The Dalek Invasion of Earth. The Doctor is still getting used to the idea of having his grand daughter Susan around after leaving her behind at the end of the previous adventure. The TARDIS soon lands on the desolate planet of Dido, a place the Doctor once knew to be peaceful and harmonious. Nearby is the wreck of a spaceship, its only two survivors under the thumb of the menacing Koquillion. Or are they? What follows is a story of subterfuge, misunderstanding and of course the finality of death.

People say that someone's last work would always be their best, most likely because it is the final one they would get to read or watch. Doctor Who: The Rescue was Ian Marter's last work. His last words to his readers. But was it his best? I certainly think so. But there is only one thing. What do you think?
Lightweight story improved in this novel 11 Oct. 2000
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Following the departure of the Doctor's granddaughter Susan at the end of "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", a new young female character, Vicki, was introduced. This book is the novelisation of her introductory story.
If you watch "The Rescue" on video, you will see that it is fairly insubstantial. In fact, you'd probably doubt that any kind of decent book could have been made from it. Luckily, Ian Marter shows otherwise.
By focussing on the fairly scant details provided in the televised story, Mr Marter adds detail and concentrates on character motivation to retell the story in more detail than is normal in the novelisation of Doctor Who stories. He does this without grafting more on to the story (unlike, for instance, his adaptation of "The Sontaran Experiment") and hence the story is a true but enhanced version of the original.
This kind of adaptation is not common enough in Doctor Who stories, so read this one to see what could have (and should have!) been done.
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