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Why is Doctor Who suddenly summoned to the shores of Loch Ness? Terror and panic spread as the third oil rig is smashed into the sea by a mysterious force... the monster? The controlling power must be the Zygons — alien creatures who have lived hidden on Earth for thousands of years, and now feel strong enough to take over the planet... The Doctor, Sarah and UNIT have diffe Why is Doctor Who suddenly summoned to the shores of Loch Ness? Terror and panic spread as the third oil rig is smashed into the sea by a mysterious force... the monster? The controlling power must be the Zygons — alien creatures who have lived hidden on Earth for thousands of years, and now feel strong enough to take over the planet... The Doctor, Sarah and UNIT have different ideas — but can they outwit the supreme cunning of the ruthless Zygons?


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Why is Doctor Who suddenly summoned to the shores of Loch Ness? Terror and panic spread as the third oil rig is smashed into the sea by a mysterious force... the monster? The controlling power must be the Zygons — alien creatures who have lived hidden on Earth for thousands of years, and now feel strong enough to take over the planet... The Doctor, Sarah and UNIT have diffe Why is Doctor Who suddenly summoned to the shores of Loch Ness? Terror and panic spread as the third oil rig is smashed into the sea by a mysterious force... the monster? The controlling power must be the Zygons — alien creatures who have lived hidden on Earth for thousands of years, and now feel strong enough to take over the planet... The Doctor, Sarah and UNIT have different ideas — but can they outwit the supreme cunning of the ruthless Zygons?

30 review for Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster

  1. 5 out of 5

    Otherwyrld

    In honour of Hogmanay I decided to read something with a Scottish feel to it, and - well - this is what I came up with. This book was a novelization of the story Terror of the Zygons which was a 4 part episode shown in August/September 1975 and which featured the 4th Doctor Tom Baker along with companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan (here making his last regular appearance, as was the Brigadier and UNIT, who were not to appear on the show again for a number of years). I remember this on In honour of Hogmanay I decided to read something with a Scottish feel to it, and - well - this is what I came up with. This book was a novelization of the story Terror of the Zygons which was a 4 part episode shown in August/September 1975 and which featured the 4th Doctor Tom Baker along with companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan (here making his last regular appearance, as was the Brigadier and UNIT, who were not to appear on the show again for a number of years). I remember this one quite fondly, though probably for the wrong reasons. This book was a thrilling story from start to finish. There's a lot of atmospheric horror, with gloomy Scottish moors and castles, interspersed with terror as the Loch Ness monster attacks oil rigs and people, and quite a lot of action for the Doctor as he fights off the menace of the Zygons. The characterisations are all well done and the story just zips along, with a lot less running along corridors than usual (in other words, no padding). The Doctor's life is seriously threatened several times in this story, from the horror of being trapped in a decompression chamber, to getting trampled by the monster, to being electrocuted and nearly blown up. The Zygons themselves are the stars of the show, being a very creepy mix of giant human embryo with octopus suckers all over their bodies, though the book itself doesn't really do justice to describing their appearance. The Skarasen, an alien cyborg that has been mistaken for Nessie for centuries, is rather less impressive on screen than it is on the page. It's funny but there seems to be a number of mythological creatures in this show that turn out to be not of this world such as Yetis (robots)and Mummies (also robots), and Nessie just follows this pattern. There's some interesting passages about the clash between the old (represented by the aristocratic Lord Forgill with his seven centuries of ruling over the peasantry) and the new (here represented by the oil rigs which were beginning to transform Scotland at this time). This also factors in with the proposed attack on the Energy Conference in London, which highlighted the real life energy crises of this era. The Scots are perhaps portrayed a little stereotypically here, but having had a Scottish companion in Jamie it wasn't that bad. The Doctor also practises some Tibetan methods for slowing down his breathing to almost zero to survive one incident (and hypnotises Sarah Jane to save her with the same method) - it's not the first time Buddhism makes an appearance on the show. Needless to say, the show was not filmed in Scotland, as it would have been far too expensive. According to Doctor Who on Location, it was filmed mostly in West Sussex which seemed to provide a pretty good stand in. All in all, despite the terrible Skarasen model, this was a pretty good Doctor Who adventure, and this book was a good adaptation of it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This book is a novelization of my first acquaintance with the world of the Doctor when I was a mere lad. And to be honest the show showed me a different scifi than my beloved Star Trek (the original series which aired first om my day of birth). It was more scary and yet closer to my comprehension and fantasy than the adventures on a spaceship far away. This reread was instigated to the simple matter of receiving season 14 in a bluray box with the marvelous Tom Baker as the Doctor. This man more t This book is a novelization of my first acquaintance with the world of the Doctor when I was a mere lad. And to be honest the show showed me a different scifi than my beloved Star Trek (the original series which aired first om my day of birth). It was more scary and yet closer to my comprehension and fantasy than the adventures on a spaceship far away. This reread was instigated to the simple matter of receiving season 14 in a bluray box with the marvelous Tom Baker as the Doctor. This man more than any other Doctor personifies that mad Time traveler, with Matt Smith being in a wicked second place. When you read this book you can hear Toms voice and visualize his wicked laugh that was brilliant and a bit scary at the same time. In this famous little tale we meet the fabulous Zygons which have been stranded on the planet Earth and finally have found their footing to conquer the planet with the help of an alien sea creature, of course called the monster of Loch Ness. The Doctor, in the Tom Baker period, working with UNIT and recalled to earth by the Brigadier due to some unidentified danger, comes back to eart hwit Sarah jane & Harry in order to stop the threat. A thrilling short read simply because it gave me a window at my youth and my mother being unreasonable when I wanted to watch that scary show that only gives you bad dreams. Well that is kids for you. An easy read as all these old novelisations are but fun to re-acquaint yourself with an old friend that gave you plenty of hours of fun and scares. My kids also like the Doctor but they as it should be have their own Doctor they really like.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Off the shores of Scotland something is methodically destroying oil rigs and killing all on board. UNIT calls in the one man who can get to the bottom of the mystery... The Doctor. Wouldn't it be great if you could feed tv shows into a machine and out pop novelisations with crisp no-nonsense prose? Target had such a machine. It was called Terrance Dicks. The Target books were the DVDs of the 70s but using the most powerful special effects suite on the planet... children's imagination. Unlike a lo Off the shores of Scotland something is methodically destroying oil rigs and killing all on board. UNIT calls in the one man who can get to the bottom of the mystery... The Doctor. Wouldn't it be great if you could feed tv shows into a machine and out pop novelisations with crisp no-nonsense prose? Target had such a machine. It was called Terrance Dicks. The Target books were the DVDs of the 70s but using the most powerful special effects suite on the planet... children's imagination. Unlike a lot of Mr Dicks early output this one would have to be the vanilla release with little or no extras - he basically transcribes the tv story onto the page. The only really noticeable change is he makes the Prime Minister a bloke. In the tv story the Brigadier refers to a 'madam' on the other end of the line whereas here Dicks switches it to 'sir'. I suppose after serving up a story featuring a bunch of shapeshifting evil-baby terror-ists trying to take over the world armed only with a pet Nessy and a weakness for blowing their own trumpet, a female Prime Minister was just a bit too far fetched. It's all great fun. Aged ten reading this I couldn't be happier. I already had plans to visit Loch Ness with my best mate and discover the beastie for ourselves, so this was the next best thing and much closer to my weekly pocket money budget. Original artwork, features on script to novel, Terrance Dicks, Robert Banks Stewart and a new introduction by Michael Moorcock.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    This story is regarded as a fans favorite, there's one of the best TARDIS teams with The Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry. Iconic monster with The Zygons, whilst UNIT also appears. This novelization is a quick fun read and it's pretty much faithful to the TV episodes. This story is regarded as a fans favorite, there's one of the best TARDIS teams with The Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry. Iconic monster with The Zygons, whilst UNIT also appears. This novelization is a quick fun read and it's pretty much faithful to the TV episodes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    This first story appearance of the Zygons is a clever one that managed to tie in the notion of a Loch Ness monster, body doubles, and an alien invasion all in one adventure! I can see why the Zygons became so memorable over the years because this grand debut of their shape-changing abilities and their fearsome technology is certainly stand out. The Doctor has a lot of lucky breaks in facing the various challenges of the Zygons, but that is rather par for the course for everyone's favorite traveli This first story appearance of the Zygons is a clever one that managed to tie in the notion of a Loch Ness monster, body doubles, and an alien invasion all in one adventure! I can see why the Zygons became so memorable over the years because this grand debut of their shape-changing abilities and their fearsome technology is certainly stand out. The Doctor has a lot of lucky breaks in facing the various challenges of the Zygons, but that is rather par for the course for everyone's favorite traveling Time Lord. I loved how forward Sarah Jane was throughout the story, thus stressing why she is such a great companion for the Doctor. I really enjoyed this novelisation.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Ferguson

    Dr Who and Sarah Jane, along with Harry are summoned back to Earth by the Brigadier. There is something very strange going on with oil rigs and the men on them disappearing into the sea. Not exactly the same as the TV episode because this episode was planned for earlier in the season and then not filmed until late, so there were some changes made when it was actually filmed and the book was mostly written from the script. The differences were interesting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is the fourth of the classic (Target) Doctor Who books and I will admit although I know of the episodes the books are taken from I have never seen them and I have really enjoyed the experience of discovering them. The books are fast paced and set to read just as I would have imagined watching the actual episode (although the special effects are much better in my imagination than they were when aired on TV back in 1975) The book is by Terrance Dicks who by all accounts was the seminal Doctor This is the fourth of the classic (Target) Doctor Who books and I will admit although I know of the episodes the books are taken from I have never seen them and I have really enjoyed the experience of discovering them. The books are fast paced and set to read just as I would have imagined watching the actual episode (although the special effects are much better in my imagination than they were when aired on TV back in 1975) The book is by Terrance Dicks who by all accounts was the seminal Doctor Who author of them time - I will admit this is the first of his books I have read but I have found nothing to contradict that. My sentiment stated in other reviews - that I will be looking for others from this series to read most certainly still stands true.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ilsa Bonaparte

    Let's just say it was very interesting, and leave it at that. Let's just say it was very interesting, and leave it at that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    “DOCTOR WHO AND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER” by Terrance Dicks (1976) [based on 'Doctor Who and the Terror of the Zygons'] Most (hostile forces throughout the galaxy) seemed to consider the Earth an attractive little planet, just ripe for conquest. (p10) Recently, a large number of off-shore oil-rigs had been set up to drill for North Sea oil. In the past few weeks three of them had been totally destroyed, smashed into the sea by some incredible force. “Doctor, this IS an emergency.!” “Oil, an emergency? “DOCTOR WHO AND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER” by Terrance Dicks (1976) [based on 'Doctor Who and the Terror of the Zygons'] Most (hostile forces throughout the galaxy) seemed to consider the Earth an attractive little planet, just ripe for conquest. (p10) Recently, a large number of off-shore oil-rigs had been set up to drill for North Sea oil. In the past few weeks three of them had been totally destroyed, smashed into the sea by some incredible force. “Doctor, this IS an emergency.!” “Oil, an emergency? .. It's high time this planet ceased to be so dependent on a mineral slime. If you ask me ...” (p16) Harry was struck by the note of colossal arrogance in the voice. Whatever these weird things were, they certainly thought a lot of themselves. (p41) “Even in the bright morning sunlight, Forgill Castle looked like that place in Transylvania where Frankenstein carried out his dreadful experiments, and Count Dracula flitted round the battlements at sunset. Sarah was glad they'd come in the morning. She'd have hated to visit the place after dark.” (p79) “You've been hiding too long, Broton. It's become a habit.” “What do you mean?” “I thought your plan was to rule the world?” “The plan has not changed.” “Well, there you are then. You can't rule the world if you're in hiding. You have to step out on a balcony from time to time and wave a gracious claw.” It was obvious Broton didn't share the Doctor's sense of humour. (p100-101) - - -

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    I decided to do something different with this book so just as an experiment I read it without having watched the corresponding TV episode first. Here are my thoughts: - The author makes sure you know you're in Scotland, dropping haggis, kilts and bagpipes into the first few scenes. - The plot twists are much more dramatic when you don't know they're coming, so I found every shocking turn in this book to be very exciting! - The zygons feel different enough to the other aliens in Doctor Who at the ti I decided to do something different with this book so just as an experiment I read it without having watched the corresponding TV episode first. Here are my thoughts: - The author makes sure you know you're in Scotland, dropping haggis, kilts and bagpipes into the first few scenes. - The plot twists are much more dramatic when you don't know they're coming, so I found every shocking turn in this book to be very exciting! - The zygons feel different enough to the other aliens in Doctor Who at the time to be interesting. Their shape changing ability means you're never sure who you can trust, and their half-organic technology sounds very cool. I hope it doesn't look too bad on the TV show when I get around to watching it! - I really liked the atmosphere of the moors and the castle. It's a good setting. - The female companion rescues the male companion. As someone who is watching the classic series in order I'm very glad we've finally reached this point. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, and even though the plot was fairly standard for Doctor Who it had enough unique aspects to the aliens and the setting to keep it interesting. I also enjoyed having the plot be a mystery, although I don't plan to read many of the books in this way as it will probably ruin the TV serial a little.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Doctor (#4), Sara Jane and Harry arrive in Scotland because the Brigadier has called for help. Something is attacking Oil Rigs and UNIT needs help stopping it. They arrive to discover that aliens, specifically the shapshifting Zyygons, are working a plot to take over and rule the Earth by using their cybornneticly engineered creature (The Skarasen) to play upon the legend of the Loch Ness monster. Working together, the Doctor, his companions and UNIT needs to stop the Zygons and save the Earth The Doctor (#4), Sara Jane and Harry arrive in Scotland because the Brigadier has called for help. Something is attacking Oil Rigs and UNIT needs help stopping it. They arrive to discover that aliens, specifically the shapshifting Zyygons, are working a plot to take over and rule the Earth by using their cybornneticly engineered creature (The Skarasen) to play upon the legend of the Loch Ness monster. Working together, the Doctor, his companions and UNIT needs to stop the Zygons and save the Earth. ****** I f0und this book just kinda eh. But then again, I'm not really much of a Classic Who fan. In fact, I'm in the vast minority who was not impressed with what episodes I've seen with Tom Baker as The Doctor. What I will say is that it's a quick and easy read (being only 141 pages long). And it was written for the audience the show was originally aimed at - kids and teens. I honestly can't say that this book changed my mind on the Fourth Doctor or is encouraging me to find other Doctor Who books. But if you like this era of Doctor Who and need a quick read - you will probably like it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gareth

    Bit of a bittersweet one for me this one. Is the last 'proper' UNIT story for me, in as much as the last one with the Doctor as Scientific Adviser, the Brigadier and Benton all in the one story. Happily not the last story for the Brigadier, but will be quite some time before he does feature again, though I'm glad he did. Story itself is a pretty good one I think, featuring the Zygons for the first time (and certainly a very long time before they featured again), with potentially a run of the mill Bit of a bittersweet one for me this one. Is the last 'proper' UNIT story for me, in as much as the last one with the Doctor as Scientific Adviser, the Brigadier and Benton all in the one story. Happily not the last story for the Brigadier, but will be quite some time before he does feature again, though I'm glad he did. Story itself is a pretty good one I think, featuring the Zygons for the first time (and certainly a very long time before they featured again), with potentially a run of the mill sort of plan on their side, but the mechanics of it with the Loch Ness Monster, and with some quite cool scenes throughout, help make it more than a run of the mill story. While a lot of characters in the story, I think they all get good moments, and is a good send off for Harry really, and another UNIT story does help highlight the differences between the Third and Fourth Doctors. All round a good read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaotic

    I've seen the episode (Terror of the Zygons) and must say that I quite enjoyed it, it was fun and Nessy was quite amusing to look at. The book is pretty close to how the episode was, with minor changes that are discussed at the end in an afterward. It is certainly a fun, quick read and an interesting look at the Zygons (first encounter) and answering the question of what is really in the Loch Ness. I've seen the episode (Terror of the Zygons) and must say that I quite enjoyed it, it was fun and Nessy was quite amusing to look at. The book is pretty close to how the episode was, with minor changes that are discussed at the end in an afterward. It is certainly a fun, quick read and an interesting look at the Zygons (first encounter) and answering the question of what is really in the Loch Ness.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    Third and final book in the omnibus titled The Adventures of Doctor Who, with all novelisations of episodes done by Terrance Dicks. This one is again familiar as it was repeated on many occasions n the 70's and 80's by the ABC. The shortest of the three tales, and probably the most average, although it was always good to see old brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart bob up. An entertaining enough story, but more so for the nostalgia factor than the quality I think. Third and final book in the omnibus titled The Adventures of Doctor Who, with all novelisations of episodes done by Terrance Dicks. This one is again familiar as it was repeated on many occasions n the 70's and 80's by the ABC. The shortest of the three tales, and probably the most average, although it was always good to see old brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart bob up. An entertaining enough story, but more so for the nostalgia factor than the quality I think.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    Lots of fun. These episodes are the 4th Doctor adventure 'Terror of the Zygons,' and it's Terrance Dicks, who, when novelizing his own screenplays, writes a solidly reliable Doctor Who story. This one's the 1st Zygons, so you don't know anything about them yet, and there's Sarah Jane and Lethbridge-Stewart. VERY straightforward; more of a quick hit of Who than a meander down the trail. Lots of fun. These episodes are the 4th Doctor adventure 'Terror of the Zygons,' and it's Terrance Dicks, who, when novelizing his own screenplays, writes a solidly reliable Doctor Who story. This one's the 1st Zygons, so you don't know anything about them yet, and there's Sarah Jane and Lethbridge-Stewart. VERY straightforward; more of a quick hit of Who than a meander down the trail.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    A great novelisation of the serial "Terror of the Zygons". I was gripped by the story, and feel that Dicks' writing was a great factor in this. I would recommend this highly to any Doctor Who fan, as the Zygons which appear both in the Classic and new series so in my opinion it has much to offer fans of both shows. A great novelisation of the serial "Terror of the Zygons". I was gripped by the story, and feel that Dicks' writing was a great factor in this. I would recommend this highly to any Doctor Who fan, as the Zygons which appear both in the Classic and new series so in my opinion it has much to offer fans of both shows.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    very happy with this one, Terrance Dicks is faithful to the original production whilst offering small tweaks and changes here and there, the only thing missing would be some drawings to show how truly terrifying the zygons were.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Carlson

    Another fun Doctor Who novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alys

    Fun. Pretty well written even if I was annoyed by the constant reference to Sarah Jane as a "very pretty girl" Fun. Pretty well written even if I was annoyed by the constant reference to Sarah Jane as a "very pretty girl"

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    A childishly fun plot, but it is difficult to translate the back-and-forth multi-episodes nature of 70's into novel form. A childishly fun plot, but it is difficult to translate the back-and-forth multi-episodes nature of 70's into novel form.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gary Ellingson

    I first read this 30+ years ago. Classic! A wonderful novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dee Cooke

    I know it was the 1970s, but the Scottish stereotypes in this are just painful!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Connie Marie

    Love these books!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ian

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Bear Paw

    Like the forward of the book very much

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara Habein

    Not the most interesting Doctor Who story ever, but it does provide an explanation for Nessie. An enjoyable enough read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Damon Habbin

    A good read Harry's last real story which is a shame has great twist and turns. Unit also get a good send off. A good read Harry's last real story which is a shame has great twist and turns. Unit also get a good send off.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaq Greenspon

    I will freely admit that while I’d heard of Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor and I could identify the scarf a mile off, I hadn’t ever seen an episode of his. I came to the Doctor during the Russel T. Davies reboot era and I certainly love me some David Tennant. But this past summer, when I was in Scotland, there was a few book stores and one of them was having a sale and I came across a slim paperback of Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster. How could I resist? I’d been to Loch Ness myself a day or two I will freely admit that while I’d heard of Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor and I could identify the scarf a mile off, I hadn’t ever seen an episode of his. I came to the Doctor during the Russel T. Davies reboot era and I certainly love me some David Tennant. But this past summer, when I was in Scotland, there was a few book stores and one of them was having a sale and I came across a slim paperback of Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster. How could I resist? I’d been to Loch Ness myself a day or two earlier and I’d always wanted to read a Doctor Who novelization. And this one featured the Fourth Doctor, so I was thinking win/win. In the end, it was meh/meh. Maybe if I was more familiar with Four and his companions I would have slipped into this world easier. In the past, I’d listened to some original audio stories featuring the Tenth Doctor and I’d enjoyed them so maybe it was the fact this was a novelization. Maybe if I’d seen the episode this book was based on, The Terror of the Zygons, it might have made a difference. In the end, I think the problem was the level of the writing. I know Doctor Who is a kid’s show, but the newer versions have at least made a pretense of at least not pandering to adults (at the worst of times) and being downright scary while still not doing anything to distance the younger set (at the best of times) but this book was written at a 5th grade level with no attempt at all to use a thesaurus or words of more than three syllables. The plot, about an ancient alien invasion who have been living in the highlands of Scotland for centuries and have a “monster” which simultaneously nurtures them and acts as a living battering ram, is not only simplistic but obvious. The way the story is told mimics (I’m making an educated guess here) the editing of the television show. Interestingly, the pacing of TV differs from the pacing of a novel so when we cut away to see the aliens in their control room, it merely interrupts the ongoing scene rather than provide added tension. When you add in the fact the author knows what’s coming so he highlights bits of information which would be better left as later discoveries to enhance the mystery, we’re left with a book a 10 year old would enjoy but anyone over that age, especially now, 40 years or so after it was originally written, will be bored silly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nessa [October Tune]

    Read this review, and many more on my blog October Tune! I have read quite a few Doctor Who books in the past year, but this is the first Classic Who book that I’ve read. I found this one interesting, because of the Loch Ness Monster, and I had been meaning to watch a couple of the Fourth Doctor’s episodes, but there are so many that I had no idea where to start. Now that I’ve read this book, I really want to see the episode(s) that this book was based on. At first, I was reluctant to read this bo Read this review, and many more on my blog October Tune! I have read quite a few Doctor Who books in the past year, but this is the first Classic Who book that I’ve read. I found this one interesting, because of the Loch Ness Monster, and I had been meaning to watch a couple of the Fourth Doctor’s episodes, but there are so many that I had no idea where to start. Now that I’ve read this book, I really want to see the episode(s) that this book was based on. At first, I was reluctant to read this book, because I thought it might be too ‘hard’, like I had found a lot of classic books (like The Great Gatsby, Alice in Wonderland, etc), with words that we don’t use anymore nowadays, but this book really surprised me, because it was really fun and very easy to read. I started it yesterday night, and finished it just now. It might also be because I was genuinely interested in this book, and the story was actually really interesting. Like every other Doctor Who book, this one is written in multiple POV’s; the Doctor’s, Sarah Jane’s, Harry’s, the Zygons’; there were a lot, and like with every other DW book it didn’t bother me much. It was actually needed to tell the story, to tell you what was really going on. There was a tiny issue with two character names though. There was a (human) character called Benton, and the Zygon character called Broton, and I got really confused whenever the humans were interacting normally with Benton, because I had the idea it was the Zygon. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book, and I will probably try to read more Classic Who books (and watching some of the episodes, of course). The Classic books are all based on the episodes I believe, so if you don’t feel like looking up and watching a lot of episodes, I suggest you try the books instead! And I recommend Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christian Petrie

    This was the first Doctor Who book I ever owned. It was also the first one I read. At the time I had the Pinnacle edition, not the Target edition. So with reading this one in the first time in years, I wonder how it held up. Starting with the plot, the Doctor returns to Earth with Sarah and Harry to answer an emergency signal from The Brigadier. Natural Gas platforms are being destroyed and the Brigadier needs the Doctor to look into it. Minor issue, was it really needed for the Brigadier to call This was the first Doctor Who book I ever owned. It was also the first one I read. At the time I had the Pinnacle edition, not the Target edition. So with reading this one in the first time in years, I wonder how it held up. Starting with the plot, the Doctor returns to Earth with Sarah and Harry to answer an emergency signal from The Brigadier. Natural Gas platforms are being destroyed and the Brigadier needs the Doctor to look into it. Minor issue, was it really needed for the Brigadier to call in the Doctor? During his exile on Earth there were bigger issues that warranted his help. Of course it involved aliens which is lucky that the Doctor was called back. Even in the book Terrance Dicks shows a bit more on why the Doctor decided to stay. Even though there are some little issues with the plot, it is not too bad. For once you have the aliens being a few steps ahead and are able to keep the Doctor at bay for a while as their plan unfolds. The end sequence and confrontation could be better, however the key to this whole story are Zygons. As an alien race they do leave an impression. Which is why fans wanted them to return. As far as writing style, it is the similar Target method. The script is copied over, basic descriptions, and some extra lines to fill things in. With this it comes across as a decent story and enjoyable. It just does not live up to the memories of the story. Luckily I know down the road I will be getting an 8th Doctor story that will use the Zygons. Hopefully to their full potential.

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