5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic story from the best era of the original show, 23 Mar. 2013
This is a well written novelisation of one of the best ever Doctor Who stories from the original series. It reflects a time when the chemistry between the Doctor/Companion team in front of the camera and the Writing/Production team behind the camera was exceptionally good. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen were undoubtedly brilliant together on screen as the Doctor and Sarah, while for a time, Ian Marter as Harry was a good additional foil for the two. Here, as Author, Ian Marter's affectionate novelisation of Robert Holmes clever television script brings out both the warmth of the central characters and the chilling horror of the tale set in a clinical futuristic environment. Some of Marter's changes to the original dialogue did not set the right tone but overall his narrative creates atmosphere and superbly emphasises the tension present in the original plot. Steven Moffat's new introduction adds a perspective that modern day fans of the show will appreciate.