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Doctor Who: Revenge of the Judoon
Doctor Who: Revenge of the Judoon
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good to have Terrance back, 4 Mar 2013
A really good read and a book that can be completed in an hour/two hours. Quick Reads is a great idea, which provides a good opportunity for non-reading children (and adults). The hope then is that the non-reader will want to read much more.

It's a good little story and it is really great to read a nice bit of Terrance Dicks again. It's like I've gone back to the glory days of Target and it feels wonderful. The book even includes some lovely Terrance descriptions such as the wheezing and groaning TARDIS. The plot is straightforward enough and an enjoyable little story. He's also described the 10th Doctor and Martha perfectly, and the whole novel feels very much like a mini-episode.

Highly recommended.


Doctor Who - The Scripts Tom Baker 1974/5. Full Scripts for Tom Baker's First Season: Scripts 1974/5
Doctor Who - The Scripts Tom Baker 1974/5. Full Scripts for Tom Baker's First Season: Scripts 1974/5
by Holmes, Baker & Martin, Nation Dicks
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 23 Feb 2013
I've finally read this script book cover to cover. It was probably bought for me back in 2001 as a Christmas present and it has sat on my book shelves ever since. Bad me, because this book is truly excellent.

The book provides useful data, introductions, dates and other information before each complete script of Tom Baker's first season as The Doctor. It is an absolutely fascinating piece and is a good overview of this period of Doctor Who. I would highly recommend that people try and find a copy from somewhere.

What a shame that the BBC decided to produce only this script book and did not delve into other eras. I suspect this was because a series was not economical, but they could have at least tried.. :(

10/10


Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: 7.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story, 14 Nov 2012
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This is another good story for McCoy. This first season of the Seventh Doctor is such a fresh change since Baker's last season (not C Baker's fault either), and this is another story which is so different to what went before and after - that's it is well worth re-looking at it. What's good about it?

(1) It's a lovely, fresh, and colourful piece for McCoy - even Langford seems more comfortable in this story.
(2) Ken Dodd is pretty good. The way people go on about Dodd being in the show, he was abysmal. He really isn't and again is so fresh.
(3) It's very much character led, and you find yourself feeling very sorry for the people murdered by Gavrok - like Murray and the Tollmaster. :(
(4) Don Henderson as Gavrok is so brilliant. He's one of the most evil characters for such a long time and beats the many that have become before for evilness. His acting is excellent. Well worth watching just for Gavrok.
(5) The incidental music put together by Keff McCullough is really excellent and has such a brilliant feel of 1950's pop music - amazing. Shame there was never a soundtrack released. :(
(6) Who is the mysterious Goronwy? Is he a Time Lord?
(7) There is a real feeling of panic and big fear by episode two and three.

Come and give it another go - it really is excellent. :)
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"Doctor Who" and the Auton Invasion
"Doctor Who" and the Auton Invasion
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 12.63

3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but there are better, 12 Oct 2012
This audio-reading is OK, but there are better ones out there. However Caroline John is obviously thoroughly enjoying herself reading this book, and depicts the characters well with different voices. It's one of the first novelizations for Terrance Dicks, and includes his famous description of the TARDIS arriving with it's wheezing and groaning - love it. As much as I didn't feel this is the best of the audio-readings, I did enjoy it, and now want to go and watch the TV version.


Gallifrey - Series Four
Gallifrey - Series Four
by Gary Hopkins
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 36.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, 8 Jun 2012
This review is from: Gallifrey - Series Four (Audio CD)
It is with great regret now that I held back on purchasing Gallifrey IV, because of the reviews below. What a mistake. Last month, I finally decided to buy it (because I like things complete, and because I really enjoyed the Gallifrey series so far...), and I thought it was really excellent.

If you're expecting anything similar to what happened in the last series - don't. This is about Romana and her gang (no spoilers!) finding an alternative Gallifrey in the hope that they can live there and "start again". The alternative Gallifrey's that they find are absolutely fascinating and intriguing, and some surprises - I particularly recommend the bits with Colin Baker, which are a very good and interesting look at things (or how they could have been).

Please ignore the negative reviews below, and give it a go. You won't regret it, as long as you realise it's not like the other three series of Gallifrey. :)


The Year 1000: An Englishman's Year
The Year 1000: An Englishman's Year
by Robert Lacey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not dry and not dull - highly recommended., 16 Feb 2012
I loved this little book, as it came out just before the year 2000, and was a good introduction to a thousand years ago. As ever, I have only just read it now, but what a little gem it is! Most books about this era can be quite dry and dull, but the authors completely avoided being like this. Instead, they take each month of the calendar and discuss a theme set around that month, so the book ends up touching on hungers, riches, and every other spectrum of life in 1000. I highly recommend this book, because it gives you a rich and interesting take on the Year 1000. 9/10.


A Short History Of Nearly Everything
A Short History Of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Science for people like me, 15 Feb 2012
Bill Bryson is such a great author, because he can keep you interested in ALL things. His travel guides are simply amazing, but he's now taken to writing other books, and this one is a great example. I don't like science (or rather, I don't understand it).

I found it hard to read or learn much about science at school, so I wanted to give it another go with this book. Bryson really cracks it with this book and delivers science on a plate so perfectly. I actually understand new things now - about dinosaurs; about space; about the stars, about geology.

Thanks Bill.

A very impressive and well needed book. 10/10


The Little Book of Bridge Tips (Little Books of Tips)
The Little Book of Bridge Tips (Little Books of Tips)
by Peter French
Edition: Paperback
Price: 2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Dec 2011
This is a really excellent book for all beginner and intermediate bridge players. Not all tips will be useful, but a lot of it will be. It's also full of obvious tips, but these are things us bridge players often forget. This book is well recommended.


The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean
The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean
by Viscount John Julius Norwich
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 May 2011
This book is truly a remarkable achievement, like the civilisations that lived along the shores of the Mediterranean. John Julius Norwich is an excellent historian and writer and has seamlessly written a history of the middle sea from its beginnings to the Great War. It is truly an amazing book, and Norwich manages to keep it fascinating and intriguing. I recommend anyone who wants to read a history of this fascinating sea to get a copy of this book as soon as possible - in it you will find out about so much: from the Ancient Greeks to the Romans; from the Pope to the King of Spain; from the Ottoman Empire to the Holy Roman Empire - everything is covered.

Well done, Lord Norwich. 10/10.


Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: 11.99

11 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it and always will, 15 April 2011
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I am very excited by this release, because Sylvester McCoy is my Doctor Who. I haven't seen Paradise Towers for about six years now since I sold all my videos, but I used to watch this constantly before that.

In Paradise Towers, McCoy still hasn't reached his peak as the Doctor (that would come in the next and last season), but in this story he's finally in his comfort zone (unlike Time and the Rani) and plays the Doctor with great acumen. His companion, Mel, still has too much screaming time, but this is calmer and she actually has much to do in this story - she helps to lead various rebellions, and is nearly eaten by some old dears!

When this was on TV, I was only 7 years old, and though I am now older and I can see some faults - it still has a great level of creepiness and comedy. It's also very daring with the stories cannibalistic old ladies, caretakers who choose to ignore what's going on with all the residents, and the cleaner robots which quite literally clean up the people. Not a nice place to live, and all Mel wanted was to do was go for a swim! However, both she and the Doctor are true heroes against the baddie - and they finally seem like good friends, and a good team.

I highly recommend this great story to all....


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