Review: “Doctor Who” and the Auton Invasion

“Doctor Who” and the Auton Invasion by Terrance Dicks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the first adaptations in the long running Target range of “Doctor Who” novels and still one of the best. It just goes to show that when given time to let a story breathe, Terrance Dicks can do more than just translate a script onto the printed page.

Adapting the first story of the Jon Pertwee era, “Auton Invasion” fleshes out some of the supporting characters, gives a bit more background to some of the regulars and still manages to convey the on-screen story in a readable, accessible way. No one will ever mistake the Target novels for great literature, but this one is solidly written and as entertaining as the TV serial on which is was based.

Listening to it again on audio, I was still impressed by Dicks’ writing, but not as much by Caroline Johns’ reading of the story. It’s solid but not quite in the same league as some of other stories in this BBC Audio range.

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