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Terrance Dicks worked together with Malcolm Hulke on scripts for The Avengers as well as other series before becoming Assistant, and later full Script Editor of Doctor Who from 1968. Dicks worked on the entirety of the Jon Pertwee Third Doctor era of the programme, and returned as a writer - scripting Tom Baker's first story as the Fourth Doctor: Robot. His later script writing credits on Doctor Who included the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors. Terrance Dicks novelised many of the original Doctor Who stories for Target books, and has written original Doctor Who novels for BBC Books.

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and Henry Lincoln worked together on scripts for various TV series in the 1960s, including Doctor Finlay's Casebook, Emergency Ward 10, and Doctor Who. Two of their Doctor Who scripts featured the Yeti - servants of an alien intelligence - which proved very popular and memorable. Haisman, who had previously been an actor, and managed a theatre company, continued to write television during the 1970s and 1980s. Lincoln, who had also been an actor under his real name of Henry Soskin, co-authored the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
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  • Series: Doctor Who (BBC) (Book 90)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849901929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849901925
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I was not around when the Doctor Who episode 'The Abominable Snowmen' aired in 1967. I'm one of those North American guys that accidentally caught a few episodes of the original show replaying nightly on the U.S. PBS station that was beamed to me on cable in Canada. While cheap looking, I loved the stories, characters, actors, well just about everything about the show.

Nowadays, with the Internet around, I've gotten a chance to dig deeper in the Doc Who universe. That, and the relaunched series has made my interest even greater these days. So, I am going back and trying to watch from the beginning in order to better understand the characters, and so forth. Unfortunately many of the really old episodes are 'lost episodes' and there really is no way to watch them other than by listening to fan made audio recordings (Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen & The Web of Fear), still photographs and the like. Some of this is of such poor quality I am finding it tough to get through this series. It's rough slogging it though muddied audio while trying to figure out what that black and white blob is on the screen. I find with some of these reconstructed episodes that I actually am gaining nothing but misery trying to gets some bit of a story out of them.

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Dicks is one of the writers who added a new but permanent flavor to the Doctor Who mythology: the growing suspicion that the Doctor is something more than a little, charming, harmless little fellow. Dicks drops hints all over the book that makes the surviving episode trancsripts all the more enjoyable. There are lots of little chuckles for the reader--the Doctor finding Yeti footprints but deciding to go on and fulfil his 300-year old promise to the monks (he congratulates himself on his self-control).

One nice recurring theme with the Second Doctor's novelizations is the sense of creeping dread. This Doctor is often maligned as being panicky. The novelizations explain that this Doctor has a sixth sense that warns him of danger, and of evil...but he rarely knows the particulars and that adds to his unease. Rather than jump into trouble, he tries first to avoid it; he wants his young friends safe. Unfortunately for him, circumstances rarely work in his favor.

A nice thing about the novelization is the expanded bits: The Doctor's egalitarian attitude to food, Jamie and Victoria's less-than-thrillsome encounter with non-British tea, the deep trust the Doctor has in Jamie, Travers' borderline madness, the creeping horror as well as sadness as Padmasambhata's unholy fate as the Great Intelligence's puppet...New Whovians would enjoy grounding themselves in its first appearances, as Troughton's Monster. This Doctor has to trick the GI to get close, and the lost episode must have been fantastic: the GI locked in a mental battle with the Cosmic Hobo as all hell literally breaks loose. Until this is re-created, we'll just read and enjoy the written version.
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This marks the second Doctor Who serial novelization I have read.

Perhaps I put myself at a disadvantage since my first Doctor Who novelization was the outstanding THE POWER OF THE DALEKS by John Peel. In comparison, these shorter novelizations, which were ostensibly targeted for the pre-teen market, likely suffer in the eyes of a mature, life-long reader. Yet for what it offers, a chance to experience serials still lost to time, I did find THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN an entertaining, albeit brief, read. I shan't quibble over the obvious scripting characterizations that seemed eye-rolling, namely the obnoxiously wishy-washy, hard-headed, and infuriatingly obtuse Khrisong, but I do have to question a characterization blurb in the beginning of the book concerning Victoria, which seems at complete odds to her actions and motivations in this adventure.

Described as "forever an unwilling adventurer", this assertion is absolutely rubbish as we read, not once, not twice, but repeatedly, as Victoria acts the instigator, indeed pushy, of daring explorations and actions. Heck, we even have a spot where brave Jamie is the one holding back with Victoria taunting him on. Forever an unwilling adventurer? Uh..

Perhaps those characterization blurbs where a standard addition by someone who never read the individual books or... or who knows, but I dare say it behooves the reader to mentally toss that particular point aside. Aside from that, an overall enjoyable, quick read for catching all those unavailable serials (or simply mind-numbingly jacked up in price)
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