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The Third Doctor's very first adventure - against the Autons, in a new edition of a Doctor Who classic
From the Back Cover
'Here at UNIT we deal with the odd - the unexplained. We're
prepared to tackle anything on Earth. Or even from beyond the
Earth, if necessary.'
Put on trial by the Time Lords, and found guilty of interfering in the affairs
of other worlds, the Doctor is exiled to Earth in the 20th century, his
appearance once again changed. His arrival coincides with a meteorite
shower. But these are no ordinary meteorites.
The Nestene Consciousness has begun its first attempt to invade Earth
using killer Autons and deadly shop window dummies. Only the Doctor
and UNIT can stop the attack. But the Doctor is recovering in hospital,
and his old friend the Brigadier doesn't even recognise him. Can the
Doctor recover and win UNIT's trust before the invasion begins?
This novel is based on 'Spearhead from Space', a
Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from
3-24 January 1970.
Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, his companion
Liz Shaw and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier
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In some ways, these books are better than the original TV stories on which they're based as there are no dodgy special effects to contend with. Your imagination can provide the best special effects ever.
This is the first Doctor Who story I can really fully remember, being only 5 when it was shown on the TV. I remember being frightened out of my wits when the Autons woke up and broke out of the shop windows. My parents couldn't get me into a clothes shop for ages afterwards and I still have occasional nightmares about shop window dummies now.
This is also the first Jon Pertwee adventure. He quickly became 'my Doctor'.
I've just finished reading this story to my son. He loved listening to it and I loved reading it.
I hope that eventually all the original Target books come to the Kindle. I'd buy them all.
Of course, the Doctor’s absence for much of the earlier stages of the story allows time to focus on some of the lesser characters. Dicks takes to this with great relish embellishing the personalities and motivations for many characters, particularly the poacher Seeley and the unfortunate Harry Ransome.
This was also the first appearance of the Nestene Consciousness and the Autons. They made a strong enough impression in the programme to come back a year later. In some way the Autons don’t make quite the same impact in the novelisation. As strange as it sounds, they were a very visual monster with their expressionless faces and uncanny motion. The disturbing inhumanness of them whilst resembling something vaguely human isn’t quite captured by the book. Opposed to this is the Nestene Consciousness. Dicks’ description far outshines the rubbery sack seen on screen (the only bad element of the televised story). The text also contains a little more information on how the Nestene and the Autons actually function as a life form, which enriches them as an alien species.
But the highlight to Dicks’ embellishments on the Autons is their actual attack. As memorable as it was on the television it did also seem like the Autons had chosen to invade a small area of a shopping precinct. The description offered by Dicks seems to encompass the whole of London and wider and effect government and military positions. It is a much more believable effort at an invasion, which might explain the change of title.
The reprinted version also features an introduction by Russell T. Davies that consists of a touching little story about fandom.
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