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Terrance of the Autons,
This review is from: Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion (Mass Market Paperback)
I went into the Oxfam shop in Ipswich the other day, because to my delight, there was a whole load of the original Doctor Who Target books displayed prominently in the window. About 20 or more of them. A nostalgic treasure trove. So naturally I stood in the doorway, with my tangled mop of curly hair, pleasant open face, youthful energy etc, and tried to work out if I owned all of those books.
A lady with her son passed by, and her son cried out:
"Doctor Who books!" I cheerfully moved aside so the younger generation could do what I did 30 odd years ago - stare at the Doctor Who books and be dazzled and overawed by the choice.
The boy loved it. He was pointing out the Cybermen, the 1960s Cybermen at that! And the Daleks. It was really nice to see a child of today enjoying the same books that I loved in the 1980s. Good to know the current series' appeal has given those old books a boost.
I had to chuckle when the boy pointed at the impressive collection of vinyl records that they also sell in Oxfam and asked: "What are they?"
His mum smiled too and said: "That's what they had before CDs."
"Oh yeah, I knew that," said the boy, possibly not even knowing what CDs are. And went back to the Doctor Who books. Good lad.
Anyway. You don't have to go to Oxfam in Ipswich. Some of the original books have been republished. This is one of them. I read it by the pool on my holiday in Cyprus. Fantastic. The Autons (seen in Christopher Ecclestone's first TV adventure) make their first ever appearance here, as does Jon Pertwee's Doctor.
It's a great story, and you'll probably recognise numerous elements of the new show in the story. Russell T Davies very kindly writes a great foreword for this republished version.
As RTD says, the book is a story telling masterclass, delivered by one of the best children's authors in the country, Terrance Dicks.
Try it out on your children, or yourself if you're going on holiday :-)