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4.0 out of 5 stars Both the Doctor and the Master are ensnared by the claws of Axos
For once UNIT encounter an alien species that appear to wish to help the Earth by offering to provide Axonite, an extraordinary element that can be used as a source of renewable energy and food. But can the Axons be as benevolent as they seem and what does Axonite really do?

The Axons may not be as famous as Daleks or Sontarans but they are another imaginative...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful golden humanoids called Axons
This is a Jon Pertwee (The 3rd Doctor) adventure and deals with beautiful golden humanoids called Axons. Its original title was the Vampire from Space.and pits the Doctor against the Axons and his formidable enemy, The Master.
Released in the UK [April 2005]
Includes commentary by Katy Manning, Richard Franklin and producer Barry Letts; an interview with...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Both the Doctor and the Master are ensnared by the claws of Axos, 4 Jan. 2015
For once UNIT encounter an alien species that appear to wish to help the Earth by offering to provide Axonite, an extraordinary element that can be used as a source of renewable energy and food. But can the Axons be as benevolent as they seem and what does Axonite really do?

The Axons may not be as famous as Daleks or Sontarans but they are another imaginative alien creation. The concept of Axos is fantastic; the idea of an intergalactic, parasitic creature that roams the universe seeking new worlds to infiltrate and consume; that utilises a form of organic technology where everything is grown from the same genetic material and is part of the original creature. In a way it almost offers two different aliens as the Axons appear as both golden skinned humanoids and red tentacle monsters (there is clearly a lesson concerning perception here). With such an interesting species it is a shame that the Axons never got re-used within the television series (or at least haven’t yet). Fortunately their only outing, ‘The Claws of Axos’, does them justice and this is a good novelisation of the story from Dicks.

The novelisation concentrates a bit more on one of the most entertaining aspects of the story, the three way intellectual struggle between the Doctor, the Master and Axos. Throughout the story the three of them are continually attempting to out manoeuvre or outwit their opponents. False alliances wane and change and make for a more gripping take on the alien invasion scenario. This story is also one of those rare ones where the readers/viewers’ faith in the Doctor is put into question. This element is more successful within the novelisation as much of it is emphasised through the internal musings and concerns of Jo Grant. Dicks really creates the impression that Jo still isn’t entirely sure of the Doctor yet; after all, it is still early in their relationship.

In some ways this is a better story for the Master than the previous two. His alliances with the Autons and the mind of evil always felt a little superficial and circumstantial. In comparison there is a more detailed and logical explanation for why he is involved with Axos. The novelisation probably makes this a bit clearer than the televised serial. Dicks also clearly delights in the scenes between the Doctor and the Master. He relishes their relationship and some of their exchanges are the most entertaining bits of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Claws of Axos, 28 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos (Longbow S.) (Hardcover)
This was my first ever Doctor Who novel back in my school book club days. It holds a special place for me and is the story that took me to a place from which I can never escape!

We have all the elements of typical 70's Doctor Who: An alien invasion, the Master, Unit, the Doctor trying to fix the Tardis.
It helps to have Doctor Who knowledge when reading this book, even a basic understanding of the main charecters does help the enjoyment.
The Axons are trying to sucker the human race into taking their product for worldwide distribution. The Master has his own plans, the Doctor trying to save everybody, while considering how the product can help him escape his exile.
Another easy to read novel that captures nicely the feel of the era in Doctor Who. Also, available on dvd, but read the book first ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars TARGET NOVEL, 4 Dec. 2012
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A GREAT BOOK AND A VERY GOOD CLASSIC STORY AND GOES WELL WITH THE DVD OF THIS STORY IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE TV STORY STILL WORTH A READ
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful golden humanoids called Axons, 1 Dec. 2007
This is a Jon Pertwee (The 3rd Doctor) adventure and deals with beautiful golden humanoids called Axons. Its original title was the Vampire from Space.and pits the Doctor against the Axons and his formidable enemy, The Master.
Released in the UK [April 2005]
Includes commentary by Katy Manning, Richard Franklin and producer Barry Letts; an interview with director Michael Ferguson; "Who Was Doctor Axon?", a feature on the restoration of the story produced by John Kelly; another of Richard Bignell's "Now and Then" location features, on Dungeness (Nuclear Power Station), narrated by Katy Manning; a 30-minute compilation of "Vampire from Space" studio material, including all the Roger Delgado footage and some extended and deleted scenes; production subtitles; and a photo gallery.
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