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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
Great story! Very good version of the original television story. Suspenseful and exciting. Takes me back to the 1970s. Read!
Published 5 months ago by Mr M A Sperry

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit like HAL in 2001
The planet Zeta Minor becomes almost a character in its own right as, in keeping with the Jekyll and Hyde theme, it transforms from a relatively safe place during the day to a very dangerous one at night. The opposition between the known world of matter and the unknown one of antimatter, although deeply unscientific, also works well in dramatic terms. The scenes in which...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit like HAL in 2001, 2 Dec 2007
This review is from: Doctor Who and the Planet of Evil (Doctor Who Library) (Paperback)
The planet Zeta Minor becomes almost a character in its own right as, in keeping with the Jekyll and Hyde theme, it transforms from a relatively safe place during the day to a very dangerous one at night. The opposition between the known world of matter and the unknown one of antimatter, although deeply unscientific, also works well in dramatic terms. The scenes in which the Morestran ship is dragged back toward the planet due to the antimatter on board are very memorable, and the whole thing has the quality of an epic struggle about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!, 26 Mar 2014
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Great story! Very good version of the original television story. Suspenseful and exciting. Takes me back to the 1970s. Read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor takes on a planet, 3 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who and the Planet of Evil (Doctor Who Library) (Paperback)
On trying to return south from Scotland, the Doctor and Sarah Jane respond to an unknown distress signal and end up on the far side of the universe upon a seemingly malevolent planet.
This is a strong novelisation that captures the essence of the serial. The wondrous alien jungle scenery of the televised version was, perhaps, its greatest strength. The novel does a fair job in replicating this with some detailed, atmospheric writing on behalf of Dicks.

The eponymous planet is in fact Zeta Minor where a scientific expedition is attempting to utilise its anti-matter forces as a source of energy. It seems a little unrepresentative of Zeta Minor to claim that it is `evil' as such. Its actions, although severe, are only in an effort to prevent anti-matter leaving the planet and causing some form of universal cataclysm. The same purpose as the Doctor in fact. Sorenson and Salamar, both ignorant and uncompromising in their own ways, prove to be the real threats. This novelisation focuses a little closer on their individual journeys into madness, allowing comparisons between their growing insanities. The Doctor's frustration with them both is also well caught by Dicks.

Dicks also gives the anti-matter monster a somewhat different appearance, frequently describing it as dragon like and often seeming larger than that on screen. It is also a bit more interactive with its attack on the ship.
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