Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster Paperback – 10 May 2012
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The Fourth Doctor comes face to face with the mythical monster, in a new edition of a Doctor Who classic
About the Author
Terrance Dicks worked on scripts for The Avengers as well as other series before becoming Assistant, and later full Script Editor of Doctor Who from 1968. Dicks worked on the entirety of the Jon Pertwee Third Doctor era of the programme, and returned as a writer - scripting Tom Baker's first story as the Fourth Doctor: 'Robot'. His later script writing credits on Doctor Who included the 20th anniversary story 'The Five Doctors'. Terrance Dicks novelised many of the original Doctor Who stories for Target books, and has written original Doctor Who novels for BBC Books.
Robert Banks Stewart, the original script writer of 'Loch Ness Monster', has been one of the most prolific and respected writers on British television since the 1960s. Originally a journalist, he moved on to work developing movie scenarios at Pinewood Studios and then into script writing. As well as working as a script editor, he has written extensively for television, including The Avengers, The Sweeney and Doctor Who.
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I'm so glad these literary treasures are being released on the Kindle. I've bought all of them so far and will probably buy all the subsequent releases. My young son loves to have them read to him for his bedtime stories.
This 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) story takes place at Loch Ness where we learn the secret of the Loch Ness monster.
Wouldn't it be great if you could feed tv shows into a machine and out pop novelisations with crisp no-nonsense prose? Target had such a machine. It was called Terrance Dicks. The Target books were the DVDs of the 70s but using the most powerful special effects suite on the planet... children's imagination. Unlike a lot of Mr Dicks early output this one would have to be the vanilla release with little or no extras - he basically transcribes the tv story onto the page. The only really noticeable change is he makes the Prime Minister a bloke. In the tv story the Brigadier refers to a 'madam' on the other end of the line whereas here Dicks switches it to 'sir'. I suppose after serving up a story featuring a bunch of shapeshifting evil-baby terror-ists trying to take over the world armed only with a pet Nessy and a weakness for blowing their own trumpet, a female Prime Minister was just a bit too far fetched.
It's all great fun. Aged ten reading this I couldn't be happier. I already had plans to visit Loch Ness with my best mate and discover the beastie for ourselves, so this was the next best thing and much closer to my weekly pocket money budget.
Original artwork, features on script to novel, Terrance Dicks, Robert Banks Stewart and a new introduction by Michael Moorcock.
Dr Who and the Loch Ness Monster is basically Terror of the Zygons and is every bit as brilliant as I remember it. The story is compact and doesn't really last long (took me just a day to read it). But it is enjoyable, and it's a joy visualizing Tom Baker as the Doctor, with his Teeth, Hair and Scarf.
The original version of this was, of course, titled `Terror of the Zygons'. Personally I much prefer this title. `Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster' sounds a little crass and tacky. It also spoils some of the suspense and the latter stages of the story. `Terror of the Zygons' is a good title with some mystery to it. Who knows why Target decided to publish the story under this name? It's republications during the eighties were back under the original title.
This adventure was most famous for introducing the eponymous Zygons who subsequently became immensely popular (so much so that they finally returned for the fiftieth anniversary episode, `The Day of the Doctor'). Dicks re-creates them and their sense of menace perfectly in prose form. His Skaresen feels substantially more realistic and thus more menacing without the constraints of filming and special effects.
The action is well proportioned between the three primary protagonists. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah all get to pursue their own investigations relevant to their talents. This works exceptionally well in novel form.
This is a strong novelisation that captures the magic of the televised programme.
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Nice to look back on the early days of The Doctor in his Tom Baker incarnation. Good fun and scary
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