Doctor Who and the Cybermen


  • Title: Doctor Who and the Cybermen
  • Author: Gerry Davis
  • ISBN: 9780426114635
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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    1. 'There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which are against everything we have ever believed in. They' he shivered in spite of himself,' must be fought. To the death.'I do like it when the Cybermen are sneaky. They really can be quite creepy as they infiltrate their targets, keeping hidden as they undermine and convert. All this stomping about in formation they do nowadays just doesn't have the same scare factor. But I'm a long way from nine years o [...]

    2. The times I found myself enjoying Doctor Who and the Cybermen most was during the remnants of the TV version, The Moonbase's excellent plot, but even those parts were savaged and tainted by Gerry Davis's unimpressive prose and the inexcusable butchering of the character of Polly, no longer an intelligent and useful character rather than a frankly sexist representation.

    3. This was an entertaining novelization of the 2nd Doctor episode. The reader (Anneke Wells; actress who played Polly) was good with voices and having the Cybermen voiced by Nicholas Briggs (voice of the new series Cybermen) was a fun bonus for me. The downside: the plot is very thin and, as often happens when the focus is on "action" instead of thoughtful or clever moments; pretty illogical (view spoiler)[The Cybermen profess to want to destroy Earth because humans may, at some point, again be a [...]

    4. Gerry Davis is a strange character. He was a ballsy script editor, determined to bring action and pace and modernity to Doctor Who in the late 60s. But it was usually at the expense of intelligent, thoughtful, complicated plots. He was all about formula: base under siege, out and out heroismd lots of B-movie serial ideas and cliche characters.That said, most of his Doctor Who Target novelizations are first rate.cially this one. You'd never know this straightforward but exciting tale was rather c [...]

    5. Reads like the ageing story it is, sadly, with some stilted dialogue and weak plot. There's some decent stuff in there and I suppose it's quaint in that you can almost visualise the original TV story from the written work, but that doesn't rescue a by-the-numbers 1960's sci-fi drama.

    6. This audio CD novelization of Doctor Who and the Cybermen, a Second Doctor Doctor Who serial, was reasonably fun to listen to. *************The story is set on the moon! The Second Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jaime land on the moon, moonwalk over to a human human moon base which is slowly being infiltrated by the Cybermen. The Cybermen had parked their spaceship nearby, but had started their attack by burrowing in under the base's space dome and lacing the astronaut's food with some kind of mind con [...]

    7. Although I read the Target Doctor Who novelisations voraciously as a youngster, I never found this one in the local library. To date, I've not watched the TV story that this is based on (although given that the missing episodes of that story have been replaced by animation, I probably should) so can't compare the two. This is early in the second Doctor's era, so Jamie has just joined the Tardis crew, but there's still no excuse for making him as stupid as Davis does. I think Polly also isn't ser [...]

    8. I'm not sure if it was the novelisation or the narration but the story felt very pedestrian. Anneke wills does do a good job of giving each main character their own voices but i felt that i had probably been spoilt somewhat with Jonathan Cecil's wonderful delivery on the Jeeves audiobooks that it meant that this just didn't have the same life and vim. good effects and a cyber voice (although fans beware that this is not the right cyber voice :)) help give this story atmosphere. entertaining but [...]

    9. Best novelisation of an episode I've come across so far. There was a lot of brilliant writing here and the plot and characters were enthralling.

    10. I have been following a friend's blog on the Doctor Who Target novels. Great favourites of my youth and probably the biggest reason for my love of the Doctor Who universe. Paul's blog can be found at doctorwhotarget/ The latest on his random run through is Doctor Who and the Cybermen. I have to be honest here. I'm totally biased when it comes to this series of books. I've never found one I don't like. This novel in question happens to be my favourite. It was only recently I got to see part of th [...]

    11. I picked this up a few days ago in my local library and decided to wallow in nostalgia. This was the very first novel I ever read, when I was 8 years old, and it turned me into a dedicated reader for life. Admittedly for several years I read nothing but *Doctor Who* novelisations (my favourites were the Zarbi and The Daemons) but eventually I was tempted to try some H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, which led me to Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Allan Poe, and then to Tolstoy, Homer, Voltaire, Kafka [...]

    12. With the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who happening this past weekend, what else was I going to read?The Second Doctor is probably my favourite of the twelve incarnations we've seen (view spoiler)[(although Peter Capaldi's eyebrows were pretty jolly awesome in the 50th special) (hide spoiler)]. I say “probably” because Patrick Troughton's version of the character has suffered the most from the BBC's ruthless deletion policies in the 1960s. About two-thirds of his serials suffer from the in [...]

    13. As a devout fan of Doctor Who I was incredibly excited to read Gerry Davis' contribution. Doctor Who and the Cybermen contained firstly my favorite adversaries, and my second favorite incarnation of the Doctor, Mr Patrick Troughton. Let me set the scene a moment: In 1997 a young boy was sat down in front of the television by his mum, probably because he was driving her batty or something. A cassette of 'Tomb of the Cybermen' was placed into the VCR and from that moment on I, as a boy, was captiv [...]

    14. This was a nice story with Polly, Ben and Jamie as the companions. One of my favourite lines was how even for a highlander Jamie was "a little thick" (bless). They showed up on the moon base in 2060 and had to fight off Cybermen. What really struck me about the story was how the doctor wasn't the one with all the ideas, there to save everyone. Polly had the first idea how to attack the Cybermen, and then the rest of the attack was mostly fought off with the crew of the moon base. The doctor's ro [...]

    15. A fairly straightforward retelling of the second Doctor serial, "The Moonbase." Produced at a time when the Target novels were intended to recapture as accurately as possible what happened on-screen and bring it to a new audience. "The Moonbase" is pretty much a re-telling of "The Tenth Planet" only instead of invading Earth, the Cybermen want to take over the moon they can then take over the Earth. It's a Troughton "base under seige" story and it works fairly well. Davis doesn't bring a lot of [...]

    16. Eh, maybe that was almost a three-star read. I definitely didn't enjoy it as much as I did the Abominable Snowmen for several reasons 1) Moonbase is not my favorite type of episode (i.e. one filled with a plethora of Cybermen), 2) it would be a slight exaggeration to say there's a thimbleful of plot (i.e. sooo much running around the moonbase) and 3) and I find the sci-fi action a bit cold and dull. But there were tidbits to enjoy, I liked various moments of characterization of the Doctor and hi [...]

    17. Doctor Who and the Cybermen is another enjoyable addition to the original range of Target Doctor Who books, although the one I read was the 2011 reprint.  It does suffer a little though - especially since I also read The Tenth Planet this week, and have come to the conclusion that it is essentially the same story.  Swap an Arctic Base for a Lunar Base and the first Doctor for the second, and it really is very similar, even down to our heroes managing to temporarily rid the base of the Cybermen [...]

    18. A faithful retelling of a sadly (mostly) lost story. Though the storytelling is good and the characters personalities are very similar to those in the serial the story loses marks simply for being rather dull. Based upon the Troughton serial 'The Moonbase' the story drags along at a snails pace before rapidly picking up in the final quarter of the book; in which it becomes an example of the tried and tested 'base under seige' formula. Having said that the portrayal of the cybermen is fantastic, [...]

    19. As a teenager, I devoured the Target novelizations of the classic Doctor Who show. This is the one I've always remembered the most fondly. So when I discovered a comic book store in the city and found this re-release, I just HAD to have it. I devoured it in one day. The story was always a really good one. And if the writing itself is a bit awkward at times, there's a bit of head hopping, none of this detracts from the sheer pleasure of reading this again. Yes, there's a fair bit of nostalgia inv [...]

    20. I reviewed Gerry Davis' other Dr Who book 'The Highlanders' ages ago and this was certainly better than that one, so I'll give it an extra star. I was a bit disappointed that Hobson, the Moonbase chief, was described as being from Yorkshire and then was not written with a Yorkshire accent. Him going "By 'eck! It's t'Cybermen!" would have made this at least a 4/5. Very very little of the Doctor in this one which was weird, I've not seen the (remaining) episodes so I can't say whether this matches [...]

    21. Bölüm izler gibiydi. Eski çevirilerde şu isimleri okunduğu gibi yazma olayı biraz gözüme battı. Bir de tabi cinsiyetçi anlar yaşandı bol bol. Zaten sadece bir kadın vardı. Ben Hobson'ın yardımcısını da gözümde kadın olarak canlandırdım yani erkek olduğu belirtilmiş olsa da. Ama heyecanlıydı. Bazı şeylere anlam veremedim mesela başlık olmadan nasıl kontrol edildiler? Bunun dışında cyberman'ler en çok korktuğum canavarlar olduklarından burada da bazı yerlerd [...]

    22. nhwvejournal/1028417ml#cutid3[return][return]A relatively early novelisation here, but not an especially good one. Davis' characterisation is poor (Jamie is thick; Polly is a girlie; the head of the Moonbase is from Yorkshire) and the science of the story still makes no sense. Davis' style must have improved over the years - this and Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet are markedly inferior to Doctor Who - The Highlanders.

    23. I love the Second Doctor. Such childlike delight, such bafflement, and such brilliance when the time comes. His companions are wonderful too: brave Jamie, resourceful Ben, and clever Polly. I wish I could see more of them on screen.I believe this story is the Doctor's - and humanity's - second encounter with the Cybermen. They are a bit silly, but there's still something deeply frightening about powerful humanoid creatures utterly without feeling. A good, fun, creepy, silly, perfectly Doctor Who [...]

    24. Liked it and it got its unexpected moments, but the technological part of the story was reflecting its time of writing perhaps too much. Or no deeper thinking about it. Sometimes there were nonsense things - like the dome having no sealed off rooms once you are in space, one would think you could be a bit scared about micrometeorites killing your whole crew.

    25. This was pure indulgence. A book I read 25 years ago as a child, reissued in the original cover. And the verdict? It's okay Not as trashy as I expected, but certainly no literary masterpiece either. The quality is very erratic in fact, making me think that it was edited quickly to get a timely release. Still, nostalgia won me over in the end.

    26. Second Doctor, Ben, Polly, and not much Jamie. Novelisation of 'The Moonbase', of which only two parts out of four have survived. The writing is a bit shallow and convenient, but once things get going the tension doesn't let up. Unusually true to the episode's dialogue, with the difference that Ben and Polly are from 'the 1970s', rather than 1966.

    27. The Doctor, Ben, Jamie, & Polly arrive on the Moon just in time for the Cybermen's invasion. The story ties back to The Tenth Planet, as the Cybermen are seeking revenge for the destruction of MONDAS, their home planet. Of course their own greed and underestimation of their human opponents in their quest for power got them that time, and will again.

    28. Not a great Doctor Who story, but the build up of suspense as the moon base crew realizes how trapped they are gives it a nice creepy feel and it's hard to overly dislike a story with Cybermen in it.

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