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Doctor Who-Earthshock (Target Doctor Who Library) Paperback – 16 Apr 1992

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; New edition edition (16 April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426193776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426193777
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.9 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Peter Davison reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure in which the Fifth Doctor encounters the Cybermen. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Ian Marter is best remembered by Doctor Who fans as the actor who played the Fourth Doctor's companion Harry Sullivan. In fact, his first role in Doctor Who came a couple of years earlier when he played the character of Andrews in 'Carnival of Monsters'. Marter worked with his friend Tom Baker on ideas for a possible Doctor Who film, and together they developed a script. Though the film was never made, Marter continued to write and novelised nine Doctor Who adventures for Target books. Ian Marter died in 1986. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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‘Earthshock’ remains one of my personal favourite Doctor Who serials. Primarily, of course, this is due to the surprises of the Cybermen’s return after seven years and the fate of companion Adric. It is also one of the most intense, emotional and, in its latter stages, fast paced of Doctor Who stories. Although the novelisation isn’t quite as dramatically impactful as the televised version it does a fine job of emulating it and the author produces a fast paced whilst atmospheric text.

It is one of the more gritty and violent Doctor Who serials and thus somewhat ideal to be novelised by Ian Marter who often colourises his Target novelisations with grim details and extra gore. He needs to add little here, however, especially considering the grisly deaths that result at the hands of the androids.

In fact, Marter probably provides less extra content/detail than he does in his other Doctor Who novelisations. Instead his more notable alteration to the story is probably to try and render the early scenes in a more concise way. This benefits the story as there isn’t quite so much watching lights on a screen and traipsing about in caves. The written version just seems to flow better.

The portrayal of the Cybermen in the televised version was, perhaps, and more in the case of the Cyberleader, a bit too emotional. But it does allow for the Cyberleader to become a more interesting opponent for the Doctor. It is hard to imagine him coercing the Doctor so effectively or having the initiative to alter his plans on impulse to suit the situation without possessing some form of emotion. It serves the story well. However, it does result, whether intentionally or not, in Marter seeming to use the Cybermen’s breathing as somehow representative of their emotional state.
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Review of Audio cd: (22 June 2012)

I only vaguely remembered the story of Earthshock from the tv series; only the ending is etched indelibly on my mind. It was shocking at the time; or at least I found it so. And it's still really shocking when you hear it read out loud now. I never really cared for the character of Adric much, but the whole story is really quite sad.

Peter Davison is great in this reading of Ian Marter's wonderful novelisation of this wonderful 80's story; it's lovely to hear a Doctor reading a story about the Doctor. His reading of the other character's voices is not affected in any way; it's really just a simple reading done by him in the character he played so well. The only gripe I really had was the cybermen voices - it would have been nice to have David Banks voice the cybermen in the tones that were used in the original tv story; it would have made more sense too, when Ian Marter uses the word "boomed" to describe the Cyber Leader's voice; Nicholas Briggs' rendition of the cybermen, while good, is more of a "classic" Cyberman, not the 1980's even more chilling creatures that were voiced by David Banks. Apart from that, everything was spot on - the voices, the characterisations, the sound effects.

All in all, totally recommended - a great story, well novelised, well read and wonderfully preserved for us all to listen to again and again.

Review of novelisation: (2 July 2013)

This is, as any Doctor Who fan will know, the story with the ending that just about everybody is familiar with. I won't spoil it here for anyone who doesn't know it, but it's a biggie for the Tardis crew.
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Earthshock is possibly one of the most remembered stories of the Doctor Who Series for the simple reason that one of the Doctor's Assistants dies at the end.

I don't think for a moment I have written a plot spoiler for almost everyone will know the ending? It was dramatic and shocking- that doesn't happen to the Doctor's assistants does it?

Peter Davison is also one of the top of people's favourite Doctors and Cybermen are up there too with the favourite monsters.

Eric Seward was a great Doctor Who writer.
Marry that with the fact it's set in earth's Future and you have Space Freighter's in peril then you have a cracking mix of a realy good story.

So with all those in the mix I sought out this Audio Book reading by Peter Davison.

The book is actually written by the deceased Ian Marter based on Eric Seward's Serial for Dr Who. It was published in 1983 after Sewards serial shown in 1982. Even I cannot believe it is over 30 years ago since I saw it.

Davison reads the book well. When he depicts a character's voice there is a special effect that changes it so it does not detract from the story- but rather enhances the narrative.
The Cybermen too are voiced by Nicholas Briggs so this really helps dispel possible 'dryness' in the narration. - True some decry Brigg's voice as not being authentic but for me the voices are spot on in increasing my enjoyment of the books reading.

At a running time of 4 hours and 45 minutes spread over 4 CDs this is good entertaiment.

The story as I said is a cracker- well remembered and liked.
Davison depicts it well and the story rolls along at a good pace with no 'dead part; fillers.
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