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This review is from: Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars (Paperback)
'Pyramids of Mars' has got to be one of the all time Doctor Who great stories, and this novelisation does it justice. Dicks has understood every nuance of the story perfectly and delivered a pacey, suspenseful thriller. It feels like the author is enjoying himself, especially when he writes about the Doctor. Sarah Jane is also wonderfully written for and there is more of the story seen from her perspective than in the original.
The plot and action are faithfully followed, the writer's little embellishments concentrating on character, detail and background. Dicks' biggest changes don't really alter any of the story as they are basically two additions serving as a prologue and an epilogue. Both work really well. The prologue gives a history of Sutekh and the Osirians similar in style to the history/origins of the Cybermen that serves as a prologue to all the Cybermen Target novelisations. Somehow the epilogue, oddly, has a bit of a 'Sarah Jane Adventures' feel to it.
This is a strong story which contains a lot of interesting ideas. It is a great blend of the science fiction and the historical, and it is an enjoyable read.