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The Eight Doctors

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Tween local drug dealers and Samantha Jones a rebellious teenager from Coal Hill SchoolBut the Doctor soon finds the TARDIS transporting him to various other places in order to recover all his memories and that involves seeing seven strangely familiar faces. Hi I'm back After a vicious migraine attack that pretty much left me with the inability to read for two weeks this was refreshing

Summary The Eight Doctors

Called the Doctor nothing But something deep inside tells him to trust the TARDIS and his hands move over the controls of their own accordThe TARDIS takes him to a strangely familiar junkyard in late nineties London where he is flung into a confrontation be. Following on the release of the 1996 TV movie with Paul McGann as the eight Doctor BBC Books decided to launch a new book series featuring the adventures of the Eighth Doctor To start if off they brought Long time Who script editor and writer Terrance Dicks What Dicks produced is an enjoyable trip through the best moments of the original series Dicks was script editor of the series during the Jon Pertwee years and was the writer of most of the novelizations published by Target books during the 1970's and 1980's so he was a good choice to start off the adventures of the then new Doctor How better to do that then have the new Doctor go back and meet his past selves But instead of having it done along the lines of his own story The Five Doctors Dicks chooses to do a direct continuation of the TV movie While that idea is a good one the downside of it is that Dicks does tend to spend a lot of time on some Doctors especially three and six while devoting as few pages as possible to others the seventh is really short changed It's a good idea with a mixed result The charm of this novel is that it makes good use of the continuity of the seriesfor the most part Dicks uses the concept of the Doctor visiting his past selves to fill in the occasional gap in the series like how the Master escaped after The Sea Devils or the downfall of the government on Gallifrey mentioned in The Trial of a Time Lord There is also some good use of Sontarans the Master and even the return of his own Reston Fighting Robot That said Dicks also creates a few continuity problems such as setting the seventh Doctor down on Metebelis Three After doing so well with the continuity of the other Doctors Dicks goes and messes up big time I don't mean to sound like a raving fan boy but this was for the third Doctor not the seventh Its Dicks one bad use of continuity if one can call it that and like the novel's concept proves to be a good idea with a mixed result Another big problem of the novel is that the addition of introducing a new companion Samantha Jones who would go on to become a companion of the eighth Doctor is given a rather poor introduction in The Eight Doctors It's not that the character was badly written but the fact that the introduction seems a bit forced and awkward in the midst of a trip down memory lane or is Totters Lane which doesn't help the novel out at all While it does have its problems The Eight Doctors is far from the worse Doctor Who novel In fact it's one of the better ones I've read Dicks' novel is not a piece of literature far from it in fact it is fast paced fills in a few plot holes from the series along with creating a few and is above all enjoyable And that's what Doctor Who is first and foremost enjoyable

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Recuperating after the trauma of his recent regeneration the Eighth Doctor falls foul of a final booby trap set by his arch enemy the MasterWhen he recovers the disorientated Doctor looks in a mirror and sees the face of a stranger He knows only that he is. Poor Uncle Terrance He did a great job on the show during the 70s His Target novelisations had two generations of boys and girls reading Exodus is a top notch New Adventure so much clean Doctor Who funBut the Eight Doctors is a turd It's not the worst but it's near there It starts off with a teenage afternoon special The new companion in a hip new funky rad tubular cowabunga don't do drugs kinda situation It reads like a 70 year old man trying to be hip with the kids Maybe because it's a 70 year old man trying to be hip with the kids Stupid BBC probably told him to be hip with the kids Then you get a bog standard anniversary special It's like The Five Doctors but even shittier and in print You can see the visible panty line of the Raston Warrior Robot Uncle Terrance tries to wipe out all the good stories that Virgin had done fix up the problems with the 1996 TV Movie fix up Trial of a Time Lord and rewrite Time Lord history and culture We love you Terrance but let's act like this one never happened


About the Author: Terrance Dicks

Terrance Dicks was an English writer best known for his work in television and for writing a large number of popular children's books during the 1970s and 80sHis break in television came when his friend Malcolm Hulke asked for his help with the writing of an episode of the popular ABC ITV action adventure series The Avengers on which Dicks received a co writer's credit on the broadcast He al



10 thoughts on “The Eight Doctors

  1. says:

    Sadly the first book in the new Eighth Doctor Adventures series is a failure It's not painful to read but it nonetheless fails in almost every aspectIt's a bad book Really it's not a book It's a series of seven short stories about Eight meeting other Doctors combined with a little bit of framingIt's a horrible introduction Dicks gives so much attention to One through Seven that we learn very little about Eight Meanwhile he focuses so much of tiny little continuity uirks that he is likely to alienate anyone but the most hardcore fan A new book in a new series should have been spotlighting its new protagonist and attracting new fans and this does neitherIt's bad continuity On the one hand it explicitly ignores continuity from the recent Virgin New Adventures like the stories of Gallifrey's presidency and the Master's rebirth On the other hand it tries desperately to fix up continuity errors from the TV show that for the most part are so minor that no one really caresYou put that all together and you have a badly conceived badly focused and badly told story The outermost frame about Coal Hill and new companion Sam Jones and the short story of the Sixth Doctor which revisits The Trial of the Timelord are the only bits that really felt like they were worth readingYou can read my extensive discussions on this book at RPGnet where it's part of a thread covering all my Eighth Doctor reading


  2. says:

    Poor Uncle Terrance He did a great job on the show during the 70s His Target novelisations had two generations of boys and girls reading Exodus is a top notch New Adventure so much clean Doctor Who funBut the Eight Doctors is a turd It's not the worst but it's near there It starts off with a teenage afternoon special The new companion in a hip new funky rad tubular cowabunga don't do drugs kinda situation It reads like a 70 year old man trying to be hip with the kids Maybe because it's a 70 year old man trying to be hip with the kids Stupid BBC probably told him to be hip with the kids Then you get a bog standard anniversary special It's like The Five Doctors but even shittier and in print You can see the visible panty line of the Raston Warrior Robot Uncle Terrance tries to wipe out all the good stories that Virgin had done fix up the problems with the 1996 TV Movie fix up Trial of a Time Lord and rewrite Time Lord history and culture We love you Terrance but let's act like this one never happened


  3. says:

    So I'm a big fan of the Eighth Doctor A big fan Like I was so ridiculously happy when Night of the Doctor happened Seriously the joy I felt in those six minutes is perhaps appropriate to situations like finding out from a doctor that that funny shaped mole is just a funny shaped moleMy experiences with Eight have so far been the tv movie extremely meh except the Doctor himself and the Big Finish audioplays which kick ass all the way to Sunday and back again in a stable temporal loop So I decided to give the DW novels a shot and wade even deeper into the inviting waters of that shimmering pool we call WhoniverseAnd the first one I read is not that good It's supposed to be a direct followup to the movie and kick off a long series of Eight's adventures but well it's not really about Eight Oh it's got the Doctor in it alright all eight of them notice the title D but it's not really a novel about the Doctors with a central plot as much as a collection of continuity porn snippets tied together by of an excuse plot than actual plot Eight has been struck with amnesia courtesy of the Master and must visit all of his past selves to recover his memories His encounters with Doctors past take place either during previously established adventures for example he meets Two during War Games or just after them eg Five just after the whole Death Zone thing in Five Doctors The entire novel feels like a run through some of the author's favorite episodes and is chock full of 'hey remember when x y'ed and wouldn't it be cool if the w z'ed after that?' scenes mixed with some 'meanwhile on Gallifrey a person tries his hand at villainy against the Doctor and fails miserably because the person is an idiot' momentsI mean I get the appeal of the idea of starting off a fresh new Doctor by having him go through his past and encounter the old and well established Doctors and sidekick in their already seen adventures and actually wait no I don't get the appeal It's like if they made a new Star Trek show about the next ship called Enterprise set it long after Voyager and then for a pilot do a time travel episode where the crew of the new Enterprise just hop around the ST timeline and revisit all the other Enteprises and its crews and help out in some small way during the already established eventsSo yeah two stars because it at least had some enjoyable moments and the interaction between the Doctors was fun to see


  4. says:

    The first of a series of books that features the 8th Doctor as played by Paul McGannThis adventure is of a nostalgia trip as this incarnation of the Doctor has to meet he's previous selves to regain he's memory after a trap set by the Master following the events of the TV MovieIt's fun to work out which of the previous Doctor's stories he will arrive in and this book is very much for fans of the show rather than casual readers but this does start to get tiring around the 6th incarnation's segmentI liked the fact that it is set straight after the TV Movie but doesn't really move the character forward enjoyable enough but looking forward to continuing the range with the next story 'Vampire Science' where I really think the EDA's will come into there own


  5. says:

    I was warned not to read this and now I warn you Don't be tempted this is a soppy trip down memory lane and it doesn't do the Eighth Doctor any justice Skip it and start with Vampire Science


  6. says:

    Following on the release of the 1996 TV movie with Paul McGann as the eight Doctor BBC Books decided to launch a new book series featuring the adventures of the Eighth Doctor To start if off they brought Long time Who script editor and writer Terrance Dicks What Dicks produced is an enjoyable trip through the best moments of the original series Dicks was script editor of the series during the Jon Pertwee years and was the writer of most of the novelizations published by Target books during the 1970's and 1980's so he was a good choice to start off the adventures of the then new Doctor How better to do that then have the new Doctor go back and meet his past selves? But instead of having it done along the lines of his own story The Five Doctors Dicks chooses to do a direct continuation of the TV movie While that idea is a good one the downside of it is that Dicks does tend to spend a lot of time on some Doctors especially three and six while devoting as few pages as possible to others the seventh is really short changed It's a good idea with a mixed result The charm of this novel is that it makes good use of the continuity of the seriesfor the most part Dicks uses the concept of the Doctor visiting his past selves to fill in the occasional gap in the series like how the Master escaped after The Sea Devils or the downfall of the government on Gallifrey mentioned in The Trial of a Time Lord There is also some good use of Sontarans the Master and even the return of his own Reston Fighting Robot That said Dicks also creates a few continuity problems such as setting the seventh Doctor down on Metebelis Three After doing so well with the continuity of the other Doctors Dicks goes and messes up big time I don't mean to sound like a raving fan boy but this was for the third Doctor not the seventh Its Dicks one bad use of continuity if one can call it that and like the novel's concept proves to be a good idea with a mixed result Another big problem of the novel is that the addition of introducing a new companion Samantha Jones who would go on to become a companion of the eighth Doctor is given a rather poor introduction in The Eight Doctors It's not that the character was badly written but the fact that the introduction seems a bit forced and awkward in the midst of a trip down memory lane or is Totters Lane? which doesn't help the novel out at all While it does have its problems The Eight Doctors is far from the worse Doctor Who novel In fact it's one of the better ones I've read Dicks' novel is not a piece of literature far from it in fact it is fast paced fills in a few plot holes from the series along with creating a few and is above all enjoyable And that's what Doctor Who is first and foremost enjoyable


  7. says:

    So Terrance Dicks One of the most famous names in Doctor Who history responsible for numerous major storyarcs from the original television series and over sixty novelizations thereof And he can't write his way out of a paper bagI'm still a bit in shock about this The story was okay although it suffers from exceptional pacing issues and the Companion is literally an afterthought no doubt mandated by the BBC's editor in chief because she was tossed in with absolutely no reason It would have made much sense to eliminate her entirely from the story eliminate the whole Coal Hill subplot and let a writer who cared be the one to introduce herBut I digress As I said the story was decent once you got past the first few Doctors on the Reunion Tour It's obvious that Dicks' favorite Doctor is the Sixth both in how he's described and because so much of the plot revolves around that reunion He does to some degree capture the essence of each other Doctor as well since he wrote for most or all of them before but that seems to have been the extent of his talent; the writing is scraping the bottom of the barrel It's barely tolerable I very nearly gave up on the Eighth Doctor Adventures altogether because of how low uality it is I was baffled when I put the book down and realized who the author was I guess practice does not make perfect


  8. says:

    This was very good It follows the movie and it explains away some plot holes The 8th Doctor gets amnesia and visits all is previous incarnations I liked that idea and my favorite two segments of visits were the 3rd Doctor He is my favorite in the old series My cat name is Pertwee and the 4th Doctor What is really interesting is that Terrance Dicks doesn't stop at filling plot holes of the movies he also completes some adventures The Sea Devils Trial of a Time Lord State of Decay Plus this is where the 8th Doctor meets Sam one of his companions I'm trying to read the 8th Doctor's books in the right order so that was my first one I've read a couple out of orderand I knew I wouldn't be disappointed because the books by Terrance Dicks have not disappointed me yet so I always expect a really good book when he is the author and that's what I got


  9. says:

    Hi I'm back After a vicious migraine attack that pretty much left me with the inability to read for two weeks this was refreshing


  10. says:

    returnreturnThis was the first of the BBC's series of Eighth Doctor books the book of the TV film apparently being in a different category I had read one of these before and was not madly impressed Here however we are on comfortable ground; Terrance Dicks' record of writing Doctor Who novels and novelisations than anyone else is unlikely to be surpassed any time soonreturnreturnThough it really ought to be called Doctor Who and the Heroic RetCons Dicks uses the opportunity of creating a new fictional environment for the Eighth Doctor to try and iron out some of the grosser continuity problems left by both the Eighth Doctor TV film and the Trial of a Time Lord and also a wee bit of clearing up from The Five Doctors which I think I must try and watch again soon Sensibly rather than pull all eight Doctors together he had after all written The Five Doctors and was script editor for the programme at the time of The Three Doctors he has the Eighth Doctor dropping in on his predecessors at various points of the programme's established timelinereturnreturnThe most effective piece of writing in the book is a description of the Third Doctor chasing the Master across southern England after his escape from prison in The Sea Devils The least convincing bit is actually the characterisation of the Eighth Doctor himself Lance Parkin got this rather better in his Dying Days the last of the Virgin New Adventures the last before Peter Darvill Evans and Rebecca Levene cruelly had the franchise removed from them; in Terrance Dicks's hands he comes across as rather like the Third Doctor but a little less arrogant On a tangent I was interested that Dicks chose to place the Fourth Doctor encounter with the Eighth in the world of his vampire story State of Decay and its novel seuelreturnreturnAnyway the fun bits outnumber the embarrassing bits just about Certainly worth reading for a sense of where the BBC thought the Eight Doctor might lead them and also for the heroic retconning I still feel no desire whatever to catch up with the Trial of a Time Lord season


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