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Doctor Who And The Carnival Of Monsters Paperback – 1977

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Target; paperback / softback edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426110250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426110255
  • ASIN: B002HIG610
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,204,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 May 2015
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This is an unabridged audio book reading of the novelisation of Carnival of Monsters. The original story, which played on tv in 1973, the second serial of the tenth season of Doctor Who, featured Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, with Katy Manning as his companion Jo Grant. The original story was 4 episodes long, and was written by the great Robert Holmes. The novelisation was written in 1977 by Terrance Dicks (who had been script editor on the original 1973 story).

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.
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‘Carnival of Monsters’ is a fun and enjoyable Doctor Who story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. However, it still includes some quite interesting science fiction ideas and some serious reflections on society and bureaucracy, albeit in a tongue in cheek fashion. Originally scripted by Robert Holmes it carries some of his trademark elements. As well as the mocking, derogatory approach to overzealous bureaucrats and officials there are his usual well-crafted and developed pairings. The light comedy and easy bickering of Vorg and Shirna contrast exceptionally well with the more black comedy and darker undertones of the scheming and political manoeuvring of Kalik and Orum. As always Terrance Dicks shows an in depth comprehension of Holmes’s work and delivers a novelisation that does the script justice.

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.
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The fantasic Katy Manning (Jo Grant) read this brilliant novelisation by terrance Dicks. What more could you ask for. Superb
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