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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Given that the Target Doctor Who adaptations began at around
One of the first of the Target adaptation of Doctor Who stories, this novel relates the first adventure of the newly regenerated third Doctor on Earth. The script ('Spearhead from Space') was written by one of the series best writers, Robert Holmes, and adapted by the script editor of the time, Terrance Dicks. It is Mr. Dicks first of many Doctor Who books (has he...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Calamari Dolls!!!!
The TARDIS arrives in Oxley Woods where a forcibly regenerated Doctor collapses outside of it. This occurs during a strange meteor shower in the area at the same time, which has UNIT investigating. The shower turns out to be an invasion force from the Autons, Mannequin looking aliens made of plastic.
This was the novelisation of the first Pertwee story called...
Published on May 19, 2002 by Daniel Firli


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Given that the Target Doctor Who adaptations began at around, November 2, 2000
One of the first of the Target adaptation of Doctor Who stories, this novel relates the first adventure of the newly regenerated third Doctor on Earth. The script ('Spearhead from Space') was written by one of the series best writers, Robert Holmes, and adapted by the script editor of the time, Terrance Dicks. It is Mr. Dicks first of many Doctor Who books (has he reached 100 yet?).
The TARDIS arrives on Earth with a comatose Doctor, materialising in the middle of a meteor shower. UNIT troops are searching for the meteors, part of a second shower in the same area, when they find the Doctor and hospitalise him.
A kidnapping attempt is made on the Doctor, which he escapes and heads off to UNIT HQ. There he is pressganged into assisting an investigation around the meteor shower he arrived with, and a similar shower six months previously. These turn out to be the first stages of an alien invasion...
Uniting the Doctor's third incarnation with the perennially popular Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT, including new assistant Liz Shaw, this story feature an interesting new foe and establishes a change of direction for the Doctor, who is now exiled to Earth. Terrance Dicks, who adapted a large percentage of the Doctor Who serials, is in top form in this first one. There are illustrations which are of better quality than those in many of those in contemporary novelisations.
All-in-all, a good book. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some imagination, May 16, 2005
A giant squid shaped alien that can put pieces of its consciousness into waxwork dummies. How cool is that? And who comes up with these crazy ideas? Not your standard sci-fi stuff, but right up the Doctor's alley!

The Doctor finds himself banished to Earth with the TARDIS disabled so that he cannot leave. And, gee, there happens to be an alien invasion underway :) Can the Doctor save the Earth from the pulsating green meteorites filled with an invading alien intelligence? What do you think?

A good read, and like all these early episode adaptions seem to be, its fun and easy to read in just a couple hours. Read and enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: The Auton Invasion, August 5, 2005
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The Doctor is exiled to Earth by the Time Lords during a meteor shower which UNIT is investigating. The Doctor discovers that the meteors contain portions of the alien Nestene creatures and the Invasion is already under way.

Meanwhile, the squidlike Nestene Consciousness has invaded the local Auto Plastics factory, using it to manufacture an army of Autons. It plans to collect the meteors to fuel its living plastic body in order to take over Earth.

The Doctor has constructed a weapon to stop the alien Consciousnes. But with Waxworks coming to life and shop dummies running amok, He might be already too late...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good (third) Doctor book, September 10, 2012
The newly (and forcibly) regenerated (third) Doctor is deposited on Earth to begin his exile. However, arriving at the same time is a series of unusual meteors. The Brigadier and U.N.I.T. finds the whole situation rather strange, and moves in to investigate, and soon find the mystery deepening. An evil alien intelligence has decided to take Earth for its own, and it's up to the Doctor, Liz Shaw, and the Brigadier to stop it...if they can!

This is another good (third) Doctor book. It was a good episode, and is even better in print, with your imagination providing better special effects than the BBC did in 1970. :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Calamari Dolls!!!!, May 19, 2002
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The TARDIS arrives in Oxley Woods where a forcibly regenerated Doctor collapses outside of it. This occurs during a strange meteor shower in the area at the same time, which has UNIT investigating. The shower turns out to be an invasion force from the Autons, Mannequin looking aliens made of plastic.
This was the novelisation of the first Pertwee story called 'Spearhead From Space'. Terrance Dicks has done a great job in adapting the story even adding the ending of the previous story 'The War Games' at the start so you know the Doctor is going through a regeneration. The pictures in the book are ok but still pretty dodgy - the Autons look nothing like Autons. The end scene fighting the Nestene Consciousness is much better than the televised version as it did not have to rely on cheap rubbery unconvincing props to help get it by and does seem to be an actual squid-like monstrosity they are fighting. RECOMMENDED!!!
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Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion by TERRANCE DICKS (Hardcover - 1981)
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