As I said a couple of days ago, I devoured the Target novelizations during my formative years as a Doctor Who fan. I had quite an extensive collection and I'm sure my poor English teachers rolled their eyes a lot when they saw me pull them out to read them. (I never did book reports on them or used them for class assignments).
For the most part, the Target novels were pretty good. Some were a lot better written than others. The real shame of the Tom Baker era is that it was so popular that the novelizations were rushed much faster, allowing little more than the opportunity to translate the script to the printed page. There wasn't the developing the story, characters and bringing in other subplots that other Doctor's eras received.
It's interesting now to hear the stories re-released as audio books. It's a fun trip down memory lane and they're great for running. I know the story well enough that if I miss a detail, I won't be too lost or left out. They're a great distraction.
But I'm really avoiding the main point of this post...and for a reason. I can't decide which is my favorite. A few days ago, I talked about how I was glued to "Day of the Daleks" when I first read it. It's still one of those novelizations that is better than the transmitted story in many ways.
It could easily be a favorite for the nostalgia factor. But that would overlook two gems from the later stages of the range, "The Curse of Fenric" and "Remembrance of the Daleks." It helps that these are two of my favorite stories and that the novels really enhance the transmitted stories. It also helps that they feature my favorite Doctor.
So, I guess you could say I've got three...and those three are it.
But overall the Target range was pretty solid and I have a lot of fond memories of it.
Labels: 30 days of Doctor Who, Doctor who
posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/17/2011 08:28:00 PM