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Series

Works by Gary Russell

Beautiful Chaos (2008) 505 copies
The Twilight Streets (2008) 352 copies
Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia (2007) 276 copies
The Glamour Chase (2010) 263 copies
The Scales of Injustice (1996) — Author — 205 copies
Legacy (1994) 195 copies
Placebo Effect (1998) — Author — 171 copies
Doctor Who: The Inside Story (2006) 167 copies
Divided Loyalties (1999) — Author — 158 copies
Business Unusual (1997) — Author — 135 copies
Big Bang Generation (2015) 134 copies
Spiral Scratch (2005) 118 copies
The Torchwood Archives (2008) 118 copies
Instruments of Darkness (2001) — Author — 115 copies
Agent Provocateur (2008) 84 copies
Deadfall (1997) 76 copies
Zagreus (2003) — Author; Director — 61 copies
The Torchwood Encyclopedia (2009) 53 copies
Minuet in Hell (2001) — Author — 53 copies
Doctor Who: Regeneration (2000) 50 copies
Short Trips: Repercussions (2004) 50 copies
The Next Life (2004) — Author — 41 copies
He Jests at Scars... (2003) — Author; Director — 38 copies
Doctor Who Omnibus Volume 1 (2013) 36 copies
Lies (2005) 32 copies
Real Time (2002) — Author; Director — 28 copies
Warriors of Kudlak (2007) 26 copies
Doctor Who Yearbook 1993 (1992) 24 copies
Doctor Who: The Star Beast (2023) 24 copies
Doctor Who: Dreamland [2009 animated serial] (2010) — director — 18 copies
Gallifrey IV (2011) 17 copies
The Lost Boy (2008) 16 copies
Adorable Illusion (2014) 15 copies
Doctor Who Yearbook 1996 (1996) 14 copies
The Last Sontaran (2008) 11 copies
Death of the Doctor (2010) 10 copies
The White Wolf (2009) 10 copies
The Impressionists: Monet [2006 film] (2006) — Director — 3 copies
The Eighth Doctor Authors (2002) — Moderator — 2 copies
Doctor Who Magazine 221 (1995) 2 copies
The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 2 (2024) — Author — 1 copy
Doctor Who T01 (2012) 1 copy
The Twittering of Sparrows (2012) — Author — 1 copy

Associated Works

Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks (1974) — Introduction, some editions — 530 copies
Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic (2003) — Contributor, some editions — 310 copies
More Short Trips (1999) — Author "Missing, Part One: Business as Usual" and "64 Carlysle Street" — 138 copies
Short Trips and Side Steps (2000) — Author "Countdown to TV Action" — 137 copies
Through Time and Space (2009) — Contributor — 78 copies
Storm Warning (2001) — Director — 72 copies
Shada (2003) — Adapter — 69 copies
Spare Parts (2002) — Director — 63 copies
The Stones of Venice (2001) — Director — 60 copies
Short Trips: Companions (2003) — Contributor — 58 copies
Neverland (2002) — Director — 57 copies
The Fearmonger (2000) — Director — 55 copies
Seasons of Fear (2002) — Director — 54 copies
The Land of the Dead (2000) — Director — 54 copies
Scherzo (2003) — Director — 52 copies
Colditz (2001) — Director — 50 copies
The Shadow of the Scourge (2000) — Director — 48 copies
Davros (2003) — Director — 48 copies
The Natural History of Fear (2004) — Director — 48 copies
Bloodtide (2001) — Director — 47 copies
The Fires of Vulcan (2000) — Director — 47 copies
The Doctor Who Storybook 2009 (2008) — Contributor — 47 copies
Omega (2003) — Director — 47 copies
Caerdroia (2004) — Director — 46 copies
Short Trips: The Centenarian (2006) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Wormery (2003) — Director — 46 copies
The Maltese Penguin (2002) — Director — 46 copies
Master (2003) — Director — 45 copies
The Creed of the Kromon (2004) — Director — 45 copies
The One Doctor (2001) — Director — 44 copies
Primeval (2001) — Director — 44 copies
The Harvest (2004) — Director — 43 copies
Terror Firma (2005) — Director — 43 copies
Dust Breeding (2001) — Director — 42 copies
Project: Lazarus (2003) — Director — 42 copies
The Last (2004) — Director — 42 copies
The Twilight Kingdom (2004) — Director — 42 copies
The Church and the Crown (2002) — Director — 41 copies
Sympathy for the Devil (Doctor Who Unbound) (2003) — Director — 41 copies
The Eye of the Scorpion (2001) — Director — 41 copies
Faith Stealer (2004) — Director — 40 copies
Project: Twilight (2001) — Director — 39 copies
The Sandman (2002) — Director — 38 copies
Short Trips: Snapshots (2007) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Kingmaker (2005) — Director — 37 copies
The Council of Nicaea (2005) — Director — 37 copies
Memory Lane (2006) — Director — 37 copies
The Gathering (2006) — Narrator — 37 copies
Flip-Flop (2003) — Director — 37 copies
Excelis Dawns (2002) — Director — 34 copies
The Juggernauts (2005) — Director — 34 copies
Arrangements for War (2004) — Director — 34 copies
The Axis of Insanity (2004) — Director — 33 copies
The Roof of the World (2004) — Director — 33 copies
Catch-1782 (2005) — Director — 33 copies
Medicinal Purposes (2004) — Director — 33 copies
The Reaping (2006) — Director — 33 copies
LIVE 34 (2005) — Director — 32 copies
Dreamtime (2005) — Director — 32 copies
Other Lives (2005) — Director — 32 copies
Singularity (2005) — Director — 31 copies
Short Trips: The Ghosts of Christmas (2007) — Contributor — 31 copies
Cryptobiosis (2005) — Director — 30 copies
Year of the Pig (2007) — Director — 30 copies
Her Final Flight (2004) — Director — 30 copies
Three's a Crowd (2005) — Director — 29 copies
Red (2006) — Director — 29 copies
Night Thoughts (2006) — Director — 28 copies
Pier Pressure (2006) — Director — 27 copies
Sarah Jane Smith: Ghost Town (2002) — Director — 27 copies
The Settling (2006) — Director — 26 copies
The Good Soldier (2015) — Contributor — 24 copies
Sarah Jane Smith: Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre (2002) — Director — 24 copies
Beyond the Sun [audio drama] (1998) — Director — 24 copies
Doctor Who Yearbook 1992 (1991) — Contributor — 23 copies
I, Davros: Corruption (2006) — Director — 23 copies
I, Davros: Guilt (2006) — Director — 22 copies
I, Davros: Purity (2006) — Director; Narrator — 22 copies
I, Davros: Innocence (2006) — Director — 22 copies
Doctor Who: The Audio Scripts, Volume One (2003) — Contributor — 19 copies
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Grel Escape (2000) — Director — 17 copies
Doctor Who: The Audio Scripts, Volume Four (2005) — Contributor — 14 copies
Perfect Timing 1 — Contributor — 13 copies
Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS, Volume Two (2004) — Contributor — 12 copies
Doctor Who and the Library of Time (2021) — Contributor — 12 copies
Torchwood Archives Volume 2 (2017) — Author — 12 copies
Ground Zero (2019) — Contributor — 11 copies
In●Vision: Season 21 Overview (1998) — Contributor "The Twin Dilemma" — 2 copies
In●Vision: Season 22 Overview (1999) — Contributor Slipback supplement — 2 copies
In●Vision: Revelation of the Daleks (1999) — Contributor "Borderline" and "Lashing Out" — 2 copies
In●Vision: Pyramids of Mars (1988) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Brain of Morbius (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Deadly Assassin (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Face of Evil (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Robots of Death (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: Season 14 Overview (1990) — Contributor — 2 copies
A Voyage Through 25 Years of Doctor Who (1988) — "Season 21 (1984)" — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Hand of Fear (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Mark of the Rani (1998) — Contributor "Too Many Crooks" — 2 copies
In●Vision: Timelash (1999) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Sun Makers (1990) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Trial of a Time Lord — Parts 9 - 12 — Terror of the Vervoids (2000) — Contributor "Borderline: Academic Tensions" and "Putting Down Roots" — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Trial of a Time Lord (2000) — Contributor issue 90 & The Lost Season supplement — 2 copies
In●Vision: Time and the Rani (2000) — Contributor "Borderline—Before" — 2 copies
In●Vision: Paradise Towers (2000) — Contributor "Borderline: Academic Recognition" — 2 copies
In●Vision: Delta and the Bannermen (2000) — Contributor "Borderline: Again and Again" — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (2001) — Contributor "Borderline" — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Trial of a Time Lord — Parts 13 - 14 — The Ultimate Foe (2000) — Contributor "Borderline: A Good Lawyer" and "Weighing Up the Evidence" — 2 copies
Doctor Who — An Adventure in Space & Time: Day of the Daleks (1986) — Contributor "Day of the Daleks!" — 1 copy
Doctor Who — An Adventure in Space & Time: The Moonbase (1983) — Writer "Hobson's Choice" — 1 copy
Doctor Who — An Adventure in Space & Time: The Abominable Snowmen (1984) — Contributor ""The Yeti": Hit...or myth?" — 1 copy
Doctor Who — An Adventure in Space & Time: The Web of Fear (1984) — Contributor "The Yeti – Mark II" — 1 copy
The Frame — Issue Eighteen (1991) — Writer "Going Underground" — 1 copy
Doctor Who — An Adventure in Space & Time: The Time Monster (1986) — Contributor "Happy Families" — 1 copy
Doctor Who — An Adventure in Space & Time: Season Ten Special (1987) — Contributor "Taken for Granted?" and On Target" — 1 copy
Doctor Who — An Adventure in Space & Time: Season Eleven (1987) — Contributor "Mike Yates" — 1 copy
The Frame — Issue Seventeen (1991) — Writer "Milestones: The Claws of Axos" — 1 copy
The Frame — Issue Fourteen (1990) — Writer "Foreign Books: Part Three" — 1 copy
The Frame — Issue Thirteen (1990) — Writer "Foreign Books: Part Two" — 1 copy
The Frame — Issue Twelve (1989) — Writer "Foreign Books: Part One" — 1 copy
In●Vision: The TV Movie (2003) — Contributor — 1 copy
The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1997 (2023) — Foreword — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Other names
Martyn, Warren (pseudonym)
Birthdate
1963-09-18
Gender
male
Nationality
UK

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https://fromtheheartofeurope.eu/the-fourteenth-doctor-novelisations-the-star-bea...

This is a good start to the new regime. (One of my personal complaints about the Chibnall era is that little attention was paid to the spinoff publications.) As well as faithfully transferring the on-screen action to the page, we get more characterisation for the minor characters, especially Sylvia and Rose, and some delightful tips of the hat to the comic strip on which the story was based – the steelworks is called Millson Wagner, in a tribute to the original writers, and the original new companion, Sharon, makes an offstage appearance as Fudge’s friend. Basically it’s what you want from a novelisation.… (more)
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nwhyte | 1 other review | Jan 7, 2024 |
Extremely faithful to the episode, which should be no surprise.
 
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Jon_Hansen | 1 other review | Dec 16, 2023 |
"Read" as an audiobook.
 
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JBarringer | 16 other reviews | Dec 15, 2023 |
Novelizations live or die on the quality of the scripts they are novelizing - either the plot, the dialogue, or both. TV pilots are particularly hard to novelize because they're usually focusing on introducing you to characters, concepts, and tone, and the plots are usually pretty perfunctory. That's essentially the problem with Doctor Who: The TV Movie, which was, naturally, a TV movie that also functioned as a backdoor pilot. The plot is hokum, and while the dialogue isn't terrible, a lot of the life that was brought to it came from the actors' performances (ranging from the very good to the extremely camp). As far as the actual script goes, there's not a whole lot of there there.

In some ways these limitations are similar to Russell T. Davies' Rose, and so it makes sense that when Davies came to novelize his own pilot script, he enriched it by expanding our understanding of the human characters, their lives, relationships, and experiences. The TVM isn't a totally different plot - it is, again, about a mystery man showing up in a world of ordinary people - but novelizing it is even more uphill climbing because the people are "TV-ordinary" (meaning, they're very idealized and as thin as cardboard). Worse, the script really doesn't care about them. It cares about the mystery man, the Doctor.

That's fine for me because I'm a Doctor Who fan, and when I was 12 years old, the TV Movie on TV was great, too. There's no mistaking why average TV viewers didn't like it, though: the interesting stuff was full of unfamiliar jargon, and the real-life stuff was very, very generic. Here, Gary Russell has almost doubled down on the trick. Huge portions of the novel are fine but unremarkable. He has tried to add a little - just a little - to the "ordinary" characters, although it sometimes bounces back on him; his Americans constantly slip into British argot. None of them ever really rise above their roots, though, and a couple of them are actually less memorable than they were on TV. Instead, where he really focuses his energy is on the Doctor, and the TARDIS, and on smoothing over the bits that seemed inconsistent between the TV Movie and the original Doctor Who series.

Some of Russell's "improvements" are incredibly enjoyable - I particularly loved the more extensive exploration of the new TARDIS - and I'm glad that he was able to add back in things he was forced to cut, even if some of them are a little silly (like the extended prologue with the seventh Doctor on Skaro). By and large, though, they felt like set pieces, and I spent the book waiting for the next one...and then the next one...and then the next one.

Ultimately, it's a pleasant, slightly campy read, perhaps deliberately more like an American movie novelization. It is, however, somewhat uneven in its pleasures.
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Colin Brake Contributor
Russell T. Davies executive producer, Afterword
Trevor Baxendale Contributor
Alan Barnes Contributor, writer
Phil Ford writer
David Manson Screenwriter
Joseph Lidster Contributor
Alan Lee Illustrator
David Tennant Foreword
John Howe Illustrator
Justin Richards Contributor
Robert Shearman Contributor
Eddie Robson Contributor
India Fisher Narrator, Actor
Paul McGann Narrator, Actor
Iain McLaughlin Contributor
Jim Mortimore Contributor
Nicholas Courtney Afterword, Narrator
Alison Lawson Contributor
Peter Anghelides Contributor
Peter Elson Cover artist
Sylvester McCoy Narrator, Actor
Andy Russell Contributor
Andrew Frankham Contributor
Lee Binding Design and original illustrations
Caroline Symcox Contributor
Nicholas Briggs Director, Contributor
Nick Roche Illustrator
German Torres Art Assist
Stefano Martino Illustrator
Joe Phillips Art Assist
Mirco Pierfederici Illustrator
Jose Maria Berdy Illustrator
Jon Sullivan Cover artist
Lalla Ward Narrator
Colin Baker Narrator
Peter Davison Narrator
Todd Green Contributor
Trey Korte Contributor
Andrew Collins Contributor
Claire Bartlett Contributor
Sarah Groenewegan Contributor
Kathryn Sullivan Contributor
Mark Michalowski Contributor
J. Shaun Lyon Contributor
Doctor Who Artist
Mark Donovan Narrator
Julie Warner Narrator
Tim Preece Narrator
Craig Hinton Contributor
Stuart Manning Contributor
Richard Dinnick Contributor
Dale Smith Contributor
Yee Jee Tso Narrator
Stewart Lee Narrator
Alexander Vlahos Contributor, Narrator
Xanna Eve Chown Contributor
James Goss Contributor
David Llewellyn Contributor
Martin Day Contributor
Hamish Steele Contributor
Olivia Poulet Performer
Stephen Greif Narrator
Simon Power Composer
John Viner Narrator
Cliff Chapman Narrator
Dawn Murphy Narrator
Malcolm James Narrator
Paul Cornell Contributor
Mark Gatiss Contributor
William Ellis Narrator
Nigel Fairs Composer
Richard Reed Narrator
Becky Wright Narrator
Tom Baker Narrator
Ken Bentley Director
Katy Manning Narrator
Dan Starkey Narrator
Neve McIntosh Narrator
Erland Törngren Translator
Hans J. Schütz Translator
Charlie Sutcliffe Illustrator
Sara Gianassi Illustrator
Stewart Easton Illustrator
Rob Biddulph Illustrator
Nick Harris Illustrator
Ashling Lindsay Illustrator
Jennifer Skemp Illustrator
Rohan Eason Illustrator
Captain Kris Illustrator
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Lisa Bowerman Narrator
Warren Mahy Illustrator
Daniel Falconer Illustrator

Statistics

Works
158
Also by
129
Members
6,055
Popularity
#4,063
Rating
½ 3.6
Reviews
117
ISBNs
161
Languages
6

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