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Doctor Who: The Two Doctors Mass Market Paperback – December, 1985

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Target / W. H. Allen; New edition edition (December 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426202015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426202011
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 16, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Second Doctor and Jamie are sent on a mission to investigate time travel experiments on Station J7, where the Doctor's old friend Dastari is in charge. During their investigations, the base is attacked by Sontarans and the Doctor is captured, leaving Jamie behind. Sometime later, the Doctor returns to the base, but this time in his sixth incarnation with Peri in tow. He is looking into a strange illness that has swept over him, and finds eveidence that his earlier sef maay be dead...
One of the best stories from the Sixth Doxtor's era, it is sadly filled with inaccuracies about the second incarnation - to put it bluntly, wrong on almost every count! The novelisation suffers from the absence of the acting skills of Pat Troughton and Frazer Hines, who breathe real and substantial life into their roles once more, so this leaves those familiar with the Doctor's history somewhat puzzled as to exactly who this earlier Doctor is. (In fact, this stroy has led to first a theory and now a fact that the Second Doctor had some travels between his sentence at the end of 'The War Games' and his exile in his third incarnation...)
This story being set in the era of the Sixth Doctor, it is a bit overly concerned with some gruesome matters, in this case cannibalism. While the wide-ranging dietary habits of the Androgums are played as a somewhat humorous matter, the desire of Shockeye to catch and eat both Jamie and Peri are a little beyond the norm of threats to companions.
The plotting at cross-purposes of the Sontarans, Dastari and Chessene does breathe some life into the villains of the piece - so often, the bad guys all seem to be of the one mind, so it is good to see some differentiation in plans and methods as is shown here.
Overall, a worthwhile book, but a bit nastier than the average Who fare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kresal on September 1, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Two Doctors, as a TV story, has the reputation of being amongst writer Robert Holmes least successful scripts for Doctor Who. That fact, along with the story being the weakest of the three multi-Doctor stories of the classic series, makes its 1985 Target novelization all the more surprising. The story's novelization was to be the first, last and only contribution Holmes would make to that long running series (not including a small contribution to the novelization of The Time Warrior). In a way it's a shame because The Two Doctors works better as a novelization and does so in large part thanks to Holmes.

Holmes seems to relish the chance to novelize one of his own stories. The story is full of vivid characterizations that expand much on the character's seen in the TV version (which gives Holmes the chance, through the memory of Oscar Botcherby, to poke fun at the 1953 film of The War Of The Worlds). The Sontarans for example come across much better in the novelization as Holmes actually gives them a sense of presence though that might be due to ejecting both the over the top performance of Clinton Greyn as Stike (which one would expect in the novelization anyway) and the fact the novelization firmly reestablishes them as clones to the point of saying that the only way to tell the difference between the two Sontarans is Stike having a bit more gold on the shoulders of his uniform. Holmes has something of a reputation for the character's in his TV scripts and this novelization shows that gift could have extended to prose as well.

Another gift Holmes brings is pacing. The TV version of the story is almost pedestrian in its pacing but the novelization moves along at quite a pace.
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