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Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters (Classic Novels)
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Katy Manning reads this exciting classic novelisation of a Third Doctor TV adventure. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Terrance Dicks was born in East Ham, London in 1935. His first writing jobs in radio and television included scripting episodes of Crossroads and The Avengers. In 1969 he became the script editor for Doctor Who, and went on to become one of the most influential figures in the series' history. He wrote over fifty novelisations for the Target Books range, as well as two spin-off stage plays and several television scripts. He remains one of the most prolific authors of children's fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
This is a great story, and really constitutes a very busy and rather fraught day in the life of the Doctor and Jo. The Doctor has taken Jo in the Tardis to Metebelis Three, or so he insists, until he has to acknowledge that they appear to be on a ship in the Indian Ocean, very much on Earth. Or are they – because the Doctor has a definite feeling that something is not right. And when he finds that the ship they are on is the SS Bernice, which disappeared without trace in 1926, and then he and Jo find that the ship’s passengers and crew are reliving one day over and over without any memory of having met them before, they begin to wonder exactly where they might be. Meanwhile, the travelling showman Vorg and his assistant Shirna have travelled to the planet of Inter Minor, which is very strict about who and what is allowed to land on their planet. Vorg’s show is not popular with the spaceport officials, but one of them believes he can find a use for Vorg which will allow him to force a rebellion against the Inter Minor President. Strange things are afoot for the Doctor and Jo, as we hear first their tale, then the tale of Vorg and Shirna on Inter Minor. Are these two stories related? What can possibly be going on?
This is a fantastic story, and one which I remember with great fondness watching on tv. It’s a real ‘classic’ Third Doctor story, with all the elements that make up a fantastic story from the 1970s. The novelisation offers us a great detail in the backstories of all the characters, particularly in the goings-on on Inter Minor, which are not so easily ‘shown’ on a visual tv story. Katy Manning does a fantastic job reading the story, and differentiates all the very different characters with very individual voices and mannerisms absolutely wonderfully. Even her impression of Jon Pertwee’s Doctor, although it’s obviously not Jon Pertwee, really does carry his mannerisms and tones perfectly. This is three and a half hours of wonderful fun, and a story you could listen to again and again, and never tire of.
There are three interrelated plots that run through the book. The first seems like a typical Doctor Who plot (if there is such a thing) where the Doctor and companion arrive in a time period where there is clearly something wrong that they attempt to solve whilst having to try and justify their presence and escape incarceration. The nice twist is that the Doctor and Jo aren’t in a historical period at all but in an entertainment device that serves as some sort of futuristic zoo cum peep show. It is this device that forms the links with the other plotlines. One of which involves a pair of touring entertainers trying to make their way through customs. The second concerns a civilisation over obsessed with bureaucracy and an extreme caste system that appears to be on the way to either revolution or reform. This allows for the political machinations of Kalik and his sidekick. The story blends these three plots wonderfully together by its close.
The miniscope is a great concept; especially in the way it portrays a thin line between what can be seen as entertainment but equally as slavery and exploitation. This offers connotations with things as diverse as the arena entertainment of classical Rome and some of present day’s reality television. I’m not sure, however, to the validity of having Cybermen contained within it. After all, ‘The Five Doctors’ stresses that the Cybermen were originally never allowed to participate in the Game of Rassalon because they were too dangerous. Are they less likely to escape the miniscope than the Death Zone on Gallifrey?
A good novelisation of an entertaining adventure.