I owned dozens of novelisations of DOCTOR WHO as a child. They were a regular gift I asked for both Christmases and birthdays. The show was rarely repeated and, in the absence of VHS/DVD releases, these were the only way to experience the old stories. I can remember reading them back to back and since the now late Terrence Dicks wrote so many, it might be the case – thinking about it – that he’s the author I’ve read more books by than anyone else.
In tribute on his passing, the only novelisation I could easily lay my hands on (years ago, l let my mother give them away) was DESTINY OF THE DALEKS. This actually wasn’t a bad choice. In essence it does still remain the same off mix of the limited imagination of Terry Nation (derring-do and nothing else) and Douglas Adams (so much else). But filtered through the breezy prose style of Dicks, I have to say i enjoyed it a lot more than the TV version. The Daleks still aren’t quite the Daleks you’d want them to be, but the rougher elements have been smoothed over and this is a more coherent adventure than was broadcast on telly.
It’s The Doctor vs The Daleks vs The Movellans on a distant plant in a fast moving adventure that’s perfect for reading in a single sitting.
My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free. A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!