- Series: Doctor Who
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Group UK (March 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785941054
- ISBN-13: 978-1785941054
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen Hardcover – February 27, 2018
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About the Author
Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. He was the author of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. His other works include Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002.
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I believe that the original Lost Episode from 1976 would have consisted of Tom Baker's 4th Doctor with Sarah Jane Smith. When that script was rejected, Adams re-used it as the central theme of the third Hitchhiker's book. The "final" version of this Lost Doctor Who Story differs in that it takes place later in the 4th Doctor's run when Lala Ward's Romana and K9 were present. As with Shada, City of Death, and The Pirate Planet, The Krikkitmen gets expanded upon to reach novel length by the ever-skilled James Goss. This time, though, there is a very (very) strong Hitchhiker's Guide flavor to the story. It is, without a doubt... ...extremely funny. I am glad to see that poor K9 is finally allowed to correct The Doctor, although he is only able to get away with muttering "negative" whenever The Doctor makes a random comment. Not to give away the plot - although anyone who has read "Life, the Universe and Everything" already knows the outline - but K9 *did* attempt to give information early on about a certain Dust Cloud, but neither The Doctor nor Romana had time to listen.
Just started listening to it now, but from the title alone this can be nothing but Epic. The 4th Doctor and Romana go up against the Krikkit robots from "Life, The Universe and Everything". I would guess Ford and Arthur are sitting this one out somewhere/when on the Chesterfield sofa. This wouldn't be the first semi-crossover of plot-lines from The Universe of Douglas Adams. I recall parts of the plot from "City of Death" were used in "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency", but in that instance only some elements of the plot were used whereas here Time Lords face off against the Krikkit robots.
Other notes: Length of audio version looks to be about 9 hours 45 minutes.
Also If the physical audio CD isn't available, why wait? Audible has it.
Updated notes: The BBC should "animate/complete" a version of this and get Tom Baker, Lala Ward, and John Leeson into the recording studio to do the voices. I would absolutely trade many (many) Green Pieces of Paper for the BD/DVD of that.
- I read that the "print" version may have details on the original episode, etc (scripts?).
- Also read that there was an attempt to make this into a feature-length film in 1980, but was not meant to be. :(
? I guess (having a Tardis) that The Doctor could temporarily borrow a certain "rare book" from an old retired friend before needing to return it earlier.
It had such a heavy HGTTG influence that it barely felt like Doctor Who.
It would have been absolutely perfect had he been writing about Arthur Dent, Zaphod, Ford and Trillian, but in the context of Doctor Who it became a slapstick parody of itself.
Also, his personal biases against Jehovah’s Witnesses is clearly identified in this story and leaves the reader no doubt how he feels about them, which is sad and unnecessary.
I would like to see him write a HGTTG, story, but leave the doctor out of it.
I should have stayed with the Hitchiker's Guide series.