Doctor Who Extended Media Review – The Complete History Volume #30

Doctor Who The Complete History was a series of hardback volumes which came out every two weeks and covered 3-4 stories each. These were in-depth volumes covering the production of each episode from the first in 1963 to the end of the Peter Capaldi era of the show. In addition to the extensive production notes there were also merchandise and publicity updates and actor profiles. The quality of each volume was exceptional overseen by several different editors. The volumes were only available in the UK and Ireland so were difficult to obtain in other locations. I am more of a Watsonian fan but if you are a Doyalist you will greatly appreciate these books. Even so I give the entire series a solid 8 out of 10. I will rate each episode covered below.

After endless reruns of the first four seasons of Tom Baker’s era on PBS I was greatly looking forward to the next set of episodes to drop. I must say that I was disappointed in the Key to Time season. The first story covered in this volume is The Power of Kroll the fifth story in the arc. Despite another appearance by Phillip Madoc I did not find the story of gun runners, swamp people and environmentalism very enticing. 6 out of 10.

The Armageddon Factor was the conclusion to the arc and I enjoyed the appearance of The Doctor’s classmate and fellow member of the Deca Drax. The six parts were a little long in the tooth and tended to drag at times but Lalla Ward was a welcome addition to the cast. 7 out of 10.

The last story covered in the volume was the first story in season 17 The Destiny of the Daleks. This story featured the return of the Daleks, Davros and Terry Nation. I enjoyed the addition of the Movellans in the story as an opposing robotic race. A big downfall was Terry Nation forgetting that the Daleks were not actually robots but were mutants inside mobile tanks!! Despite this I though Lalla Ward was very charming as the new incarnation of Romana. Her regeneration scene was a bit silly but her subsequent characterization was spot on. 7 out of 10.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – When’s the Doctor

When’s the Doctor is the second search and find children’s book published by BBC Children’s Books. The first book in the series was Where’s the Doctor (see review here).

Alex and I enjoyed these books many years ago and wore them out flipping through them. A great bonding experience if you have young children. I recently repurchased the book and nostalgia alone gives it an 8 out of 10.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Star Quest: Spacejack by Terrance Dicks

Spacejack is the first of three YA novels by Terrance Dicks under the Star Quest umbrella. The novels feature three cousins Anna from Sweden, Jan from America and Kevin from England. The other books in the series are Roboworld (see review here) and Terrorsaur.

The three protagonists of the novel are familiar archetypes; the aggressive American Jan, the conservative intellectual from England Kevin and the demur Swede Anna. The novel is straightforward space opera with the three cousins getting involved with two warring alien factions at Stonehenge. Jan and Kevin get abducted by the evil Kaldor race while Anna is with the benevolent League of Sentient Life Forms. Dicks’ fast paced prose style brings them together at the conclusion of the novel. A time jump strands the kids leaving them in space for the next two novels. If you like Dicks’ Target Doctor Who novelizations you will like this 7 out of 10.