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Easy to read Good story I love this version of the Great Fire of London [Free Kindle] ⚇ Doctor Who and The Visitation ☿ Tegan, The Young Air Hostess Who Quite Unintentionally Became A Member Of The TARDIS S Crew, Wants To Return To Her Own Time, But When The Doctor Tries To Take Her Back To Heathrow Airport In The Twentieth Century The TARDIS Lands Instead On The Outskirts Of Seventeenth Century LondonThe Doctor And His Companions Receive A Decidedly Unfriendly Welcome But It Soon Becomes Clear That The Sinister Activities Of Other Visitors From Time And Space Have Made The Villagers Extremely Suspicious Of OutsidersAnd As A Result Of The Aliens Evil Schemes, The Doctor Finds Himself On The Point Of Playing A Key Role In A Gruesome Historical Event The plot is one of the standard, oft seen ones where aliens are about to invade earth, usually picking a starting point in and around London More than anything else, it s the characters that give this one some of its high points, from the actor turned drifter character who becomes the Doctor s reluctant ally to the family who are tragically wiped out early on At this stage, the Doctor was a young ish man surrounded by fairly capable companions Tegan is tough, Nyssa is super brainy and Adric is a bit of both who often look upon him with fond exasperation rather than the kind of dewy eyed worship too many companions, old and new, have reserved for the man in the blue police box This makes for some surprisingly acerbic interactions at times A rather well evoked 17th century setting, too Only, the plot is just too standard for this series. This is a pretty decent, pretty short novel The story is good, it has reptilian aliens, an android, and is set in medieval London.The highwayman actor character Mace adds a great amount of humor and adventure to the story The character would have been a good companion for the doctor similar to Jack in the new series. Virgin reprint 1992 , different coverA promising start but the end of the story dosn t really hold up One of the impressive visuals that gloriously bejewelled android doesn t get a decent description the Terileptils don t really appear until well over halfway through One or two oddities if the Soliton gas is so inflammable setting the London HQ in a bakery seems daft and how did the Terileptil culture develop a manufacturing base anyway I wonder how many casual readers will grasp the Pudding Lane reference There is only one mention of the year and that was way back in Chapter One. I thoroughly enjoyed this book The story runs smoothly and works well. Review here The prologue to this one is really quite good It starts with a gentle description of a summer evening in 17th century England, with a fox witnessing the arrival of alien visitors Yes it s all a bit clich d but the tranquil poetry of the moments counterpoint the tragic brutality of what is to follow very well Eric Saward also does a remarkably good job of creating fully realised characters in a handful of pages, making their deaths really quite sad Unfortunately this is as good as it gets The rest of the book is the mechanical script based affair that many of the later Target novelisations became It is one of the Fifth Doctor s better scripts though It s nice to see the Doctor doing some detective work as he slowly discovers what the aliens are up to Saward recycles a character that he used in some Victorian radio plays, cowardly Thespian turned vagrant highwayman Richard Mace He s a lot of fun though Saward s precasting version describes him as being portly I think he would have made a good regular companion Adric is as universally annoying as ever Nyssa gets plenty to do for a change, Tegan almost becomes a ninja air hostess at one stage as she sets about trying to get some kicks in on the Doctor while mind controlled, instead of just being hugged into submission like in the broadcast version and the Doctor is really quite amusing trying and failing to hold his temper as the kids continue to stress him out So the novelisation might disappoint folk who want a few interesting narrative extras, though barring a short scene where Tegan comments on her encounter with the Mara in Kinda, at least there aren t any obvious cuts Mainly though I expect most will just enjoy revisiting a fun story. Eric Saward s adaptation of his own fifth Doctor script is very much in the mid level Terrance Dicks mode of transcribing the television story with little or no embellishment In the day and age in which the Doctor Who novels were originally published, I suppose this is good enough But thirty years out when we can easily stream the episodes of this popular story or pick it up brilliantly remastered on DVD, it only makes The Visitation as a novel that much disappointing That means heading into the audio release of the story, it had a strike against it Strike two comes from Matthew Waterhouse s rather uninspired reading of the story Waterhouse s choice for the voices of Richard Mace and the Terraleptils is uninspired at best and distracting at its worst I m not saying that an audio reader has to exactly capture the performance given by another actor on screen, but doing a complete 180 of the performance in the case of Mace and the alien invaders really takes you out of the story Add to it that Waterhouse puts little or no effort into distinguishing the voices of the rest of the main cast and you ve got a disappointing release in what is generally a great line of audio books.