The Rescue is never going to be held up as one of the greatest classics of Doctor Who nor indeed teen fiction, but its a jolly romp read well by Maureen O'Brien who starred in the original episodes five decades ago.
The story is simple, the TARDIS arrives on a planet that holds a secret; who is the mysterious Koquillion? The crew meet Vicki destined to join the crew, as a young survivor of a crashed space craft.
The novel was written by the late Ian Marter whose novels had a reputation for being more adult in tone than others in the Target range. This tale, is, sadly, a little overwritten in places and whilst I appreciate the need to flesh out the story (done so well by Marter in another two parter's novelisation, The Sontaran Experiment) some of it just drags. A longer read than say Planet of the Daleks, which featured 4 more episodes on TV, this tale is good, but does tend to outstay its welcome.
Luckily the reader is on fine form, and for once the sound FX and music are kept in their rightful place.