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Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka Paperback – 2 Feb 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486190
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 872,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having been underwhelmed by the original animated webcast I was hoping this novelisation would be radically expanded in depth - instead Cornell chooses to present Scream of the Shalka as an ersatz Target novelisation. As with the old novelisations, this seems to be aimed at quite a young audience, but while 12 year olds may find this exciting to most long-term Doctor Who fans this will come over as a very obvious retread of past glories (particularly the Pertwee years). While the absence of Richard E Grant and co saves this book from the often awful acting performances of the webcast, unfortunately the vast majority of the 'aliens invade the Earth' plot is boring worn-out fluff. Scream of the Shalka is recommended only to young readers new to Who, or nostalgia buffs who get enjoyment out of going over familiar ground. Very disappointing.
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Paul Cornell is the acclaimed author of a number of Doctor Who novels.
His respect by fans of the show and its spin-offs into other media proven when his Human Nature novel from the Virgin New Adventures series was voted as best piece of Who fiction…Ever! This was in Doctor Who Magazine’s tribute special for the show’s 40th anniversary – We Love Doctor Who.
This is Paul’s novelization of the script he wrote for BBCi’s very own 40th anniversary tribute – Scream Of The Shalka, which went out as six internet episodes in 2003. It starred Richard E Grant as The Doctor – a Doctor with haughtiness and high brow instincts who only comes to earth for its wines and eclipses. He also seems to be a Doctor under a dark cloud due to some undisclosed recent events which are still quite obviously traumatic and full of tragedy for him. This initially makes him reluctant to get stuck in. Still, he finds himself having to help Earth out once more as he finds a town in Lancashire under alien siege and as the events unfold, the very earth itself.
This adaptation by Paul of his very own script not only shows his love for the show and its concepts, but is also written in a style as a tip of the hat to Terrance Dicks who wrote a hefty percentage of the Target Doctor Who novels so popular in the 70s and 80s when fans couldn’t get hold of video or DVD copies of their favourite show or indeed audios of the episodes carelessly discarded by a not very futuristic-thinking BBC in the 70s.
Paul captures the feel of the Target series as penned by Terrance very well and better still delivers a cracking traditional type of Doctor Who tale which cunningly evolves into something with grander ambitions once the extent of the Shalka’s plan is revealed.
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Prototype webcast featuring Richard E Grant as The Doctor (he was touted as the Ninth official Doctor for a while after this) that was adapted into novel form by prolific modern Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell. Cornell's book is fast-paced and engaging, however it isn't particularly original in terms of themes and style. Still a decent read though.
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The Doctor sings. That's enough to put you off. Kidding. Well this book is Paul Cornell's own novelization of his "Scream of the Shalka" story which recently won Cosgrove Hall an animation award. The story is about the ninth Doctor landing in a small town and discovering an alien civilization is preparing to take over the planet (Nothing new there then) The story is familiar to everyone as the good old alien invasion plot but suitably updated for a modern audience. The Doctor, with help and hindrance by Alison Cheney and the Master, takes on the sinister Shalka and eventually defeats them. A fantastic read, recommended to all "Doctor Who" fans.
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By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2004
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Having read all the previous DOCTOR WHO novelisations, I was eager to try this one. I was not disappointed. SCREAM OF THE SHALKA is very much in line with the old Target/Virgin novelisations, although it incorporates contemporary elements and situations. A good read, and a welcome return for the Doctor.
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