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This review is from: "Doctor Who": The Happiness Patrol (Classic Novels) (Audio CD)
As an avid collector of the Target range of Doctor Who novelisations throughout the 80s (at one point I had the full set but an over-enthusiastic attic clearout put paid to that; thanks Mother), I always loved the way that the books embellished the TV script and filled-in small but important details that there would never have been time to include in the original serials. Although Graeme Curry is no Malcolm Hulke - the late-lamented writer was known for his excellent fleshed-out novelisations - his novel gives us important extra information about key characters, as well as providing a much more satisfying image of the setting than the stingy BBC budget would ever make possible.
I agree with the previous reviewer that Rula Lenska is an odd choice for a reader, (I think Sophie Aldred would be superb), however she acquits herself well and makes a real effort to inject each speaker with their own personalities. Although never one of the finest Doctor Who serials, The Happiness Patrol's thinly-veiled satire of the government of the time is a thoughtful and imaginative effort, and a welcome addition to what is fast becoming an essential collection.