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Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion by…
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The giant dinosaur turned its head to focus on the midget now approaching. The Doctor and Sarah arrive back in the TARDIS to find London completely deserted - except for the dinosaurs. Has the return of these prehistoric creatures been deliberately planned and, if so, who can be behind it all.



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This does pretty much what it says on the tin. Central London is devoid of people but populated with dinosaurs. Why? How? The Doctor (#3) and Sarah Jane Smith must find out.

The tone of this book is a bit weird. The first chapter starts off with a drunk guy who is abandoned by his friends in dinosaur-infested London, which is not really what I'd expect in a Dr Who novel, although I did find it amusing in a grownup way. It was just a strange thing to have coexisting with patches of patronizing explanations of terms such as "copper's nark" and "stool pigeon" when these are used by one of the characters.

The story itself is fine, although the dinosaurs probably better in the reader's imagination; since this came long before Jurassic Park, the special effects in the TV version are probably somewhat unintentionally amusing. It might also be a bit predictable, but perhaps seeing it in multiple episodes instead of reading it as a book in one sitting would help break up the flow. One thing that did grate, though, was how many times Sarah Jane kept getting captured and telling the wrong people what she knew. Perhaps it was only twice, but you'd think she would have learned the first time. That was not the best use of Sarah Jane, narrative-wise.

If you're in the mood for some very light entertainment, this might hit the spot, but otherwise you can probably give it a miss. ( )
1 vote rabbitprincess | Nov 19, 2013 |
Great classic Dr Who! ( )
  Scaryguy | Dec 19, 2008 |

I am not sure if this is the best of the Season 11 novels, as Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders clearly takes that trophy, but it is certainly the most interesting. It starts with a lovely vignette of a Scot in London for the football who becomes a victim of the dinosaurs; there are other little bits of depth added as well, Professor Whitaker becoming very camp, and a couple of odd extra details - the Doctor is described as having "a mop of curly hair" (shurely shome mishtake?) and he talks about the Mary Celeste again as he did in Doctor Who and the Sea Devils. Also, of course, the book loses the appalling visual effects of the original programme - these dinosaurs are flesh and blood, not rubber!

Yet at the same time it is a bit too over-earnest, not quite as mature as Hulke's better novels (Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters and Doctor Who and the Green Death), so it doesn't quite get its fourth star from me.

It is interesting that both this and the previous story are about the bad guys shunting people (and in this case dinosaurs) between the present and the past. ( )
1 vote nwhyte | May 23, 2008 |
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Odd change to story:
It's the Fourth Doctor, not Third,
who meets dinosaurs.

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