Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks: 50th Anniversary Edition (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection) Paperback – 7 Mar 2013
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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.
About the Author
Ben Aaronovitch writes tie-in novels and TV scripts, and wrote the screenplays for the Seventh Doctor episodes Battlefield and Remembrance of the Daleks. He is the author of a series of audio dramas based on TV's Blake's 7, as well as the acclaimed Rivers of London series. He also works as a bookseller.
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The above aside, `Remembrance of the Daleks' has probably always been considered the best of the Seventh Doctor's television adventures, and deservedly so. Much of what made the TV version great is lost, however. It was certainly one of the more visual Doctor Who serials. Although the author has added to the battle scenes little can be done to compensate for actually seeing Dalek's battling it out in civil war.
Opposed to this, the novelisation has allowed the author to build upon his characters and make them more fully rounded. There was very little time to devote to individuals and their motivations during the action of the televised version. There is a love affair sub plot between Gilmore and Rachel that was unapparent in the program (or at least it was to me) and much more is made of the attraction between Mike and Ace. Mike's character is given far more reasoning for his actions as well. Most interesting though is that AAronovitch has made individuals out of some of the Daleks. The Saucer Commander, the Dalek Supreme and the Special Weapons Dalek are all treated as individual characters. There is even a bit of previously undisclosed information concerning Davros' past. One of the most interesting aspects of this book is the way that the author has followed the Dalek Supreme and Davros in a parallel. Usually every insight into the motivations of Davros is followed by a small section doing the same for the Dalek Supreme.Read more ›
I picked this one up partly because it was one of my favourite Doctor Who periods and partly because of the books this author has gone onto write, specifically the Rivers series, beginning with: Rivers of London (PC Peter Grant).
The foreword was well worth reading, and pretty much gives the books strengths and weaknesses in a nutshell.
If I was reading it without the nostalgia and history of Doctor Who I might have rated it slightly lower, but I enjoyed it, and it was a good entertaining read. Thanks for the memories and a couple of hours of nostalgia fuelled fun.
If you like this Doctor and Ace then definitely recommended.
In this story, the action takes place over just a few days, but the pace is rapid. The Doctor has returned to Totters Lane in November 1963, to resolve some unfinished business from when he left with Susan, Ian and Barbara. Unfortunately, he seems to have miscalculated somewhat and gets more than he bargained for when two groups of Daleks join in the action.
The story as it appeared on tv always seemed a bit confusing to me, with the scenes cutting ina and out so fast that it all became a bit of a blur. The book tidies that up quite a lot, with some background that helps build the characters better, and continuity that helps tie the storyline together into a coherent narrative. It is still a fast-paced story, and there are lots of action scenes, with Ace and her baseball bat getting involved early on. I really liked the character of Ace; she made a change from `girly' or `helpless' companions, and her rapport with the Doctor meant good exposition of the storylines they were in together. The Doctor is his usual seventh Doctor mysterious self, and the characters from the 1960s time period are well written and portrayed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read pretty much all of the classic run of Doctor Who novelisations this has always been by far my favourite book. But why? Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Howse
I bought the original paperback release back in 1991 on the strength of Gary Russell's excellent review and I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Evil Genius
The episodes this is based on are some of the best from the first 51 years of Doctor Who, and this novelisation is a perfect companion piece. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Leigh Wood
This book expands upon an episode where a lot was going on, making it clearer and scaling up the consequences. Read morePublished on 21 July 2014 by Eddie Lajoie
It's one of my favourite Dalek stories. I have even been to some of the the story's locations already, such as the Willesden Lane Cemetery, Theed Street and MacBeth Street!Published on 12 Dec. 2013 by bells
In many ways, this is a perfect novelisation of a classic Doctor Who story to read at the 50th anniversary. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2013 by John Hopper
Ben Aaronivitch is an excellent writer but even he acknowledges in the forward that as his first foray into full length fiction this is not as accomplished as his later work... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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