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When the TARDIS materialises just outside a sleepy English village, it appears the Doctor and Sarah Jane are nearly "home" at last. But all is not as it seems in rural paradise. White-suited, gun-wielding guards stalk the countryside, while the village itself is eerily deserted. As the Doctor and Sarah look on, a UNIT member leaps over a cliff to his death and, as the cloc When the TARDIS materialises just outside a sleepy English village, it appears the Doctor and Sarah Jane are nearly "home" at last. But all is not as it seems in rural paradise. White-suited, gun-wielding guards stalk the countryside, while the village itself is eerily deserted. As the Doctor and Sarah look on, a UNIT member leaps over a cliff to his death and, as the clock strikes twelve, the local pub is suddenly filled with strange robotic villagers. The UNIT member is amongst them, very much alive. What exactly is happening here? The Doctor is mystified, setting off for UNIT HQ in search of answers. There, with the Brigadier away, Senior Defence Astronaut Guy Crayford holds court. But just who is his shadowy master, the Thraal, Styggron? Indeed, who are the Thraals and what have they got in store for the Earth? Why has the TARDIS dematerialised seemingly of its own accord? The Doctor must move quickly to find the truth, for the very future of mankind hangs in the balance...


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When the TARDIS materialises just outside a sleepy English village, it appears the Doctor and Sarah Jane are nearly "home" at last. But all is not as it seems in rural paradise. White-suited, gun-wielding guards stalk the countryside, while the village itself is eerily deserted. As the Doctor and Sarah look on, a UNIT member leaps over a cliff to his death and, as the cloc When the TARDIS materialises just outside a sleepy English village, it appears the Doctor and Sarah Jane are nearly "home" at last. But all is not as it seems in rural paradise. White-suited, gun-wielding guards stalk the countryside, while the village itself is eerily deserted. As the Doctor and Sarah look on, a UNIT member leaps over a cliff to his death and, as the clock strikes twelve, the local pub is suddenly filled with strange robotic villagers. The UNIT member is amongst them, very much alive. What exactly is happening here? The Doctor is mystified, setting off for UNIT HQ in search of answers. There, with the Brigadier away, Senior Defence Astronaut Guy Crayford holds court. But just who is his shadowy master, the Thraal, Styggron? Indeed, who are the Thraals and what have they got in store for the Earth? Why has the TARDIS dematerialised seemingly of its own accord? The Doctor must move quickly to find the truth, for the very future of mankind hangs in the balance...

30 review for Doctor Who and the Android Invasion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sigler

    Classic Who > New Who, hands down.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Johann Coetzer

    a very enjoyable book, here Doctor Who uses his screwdriver for the first time to tell the androids from the humans, as the androids are exact mirror copies of other people. Thou this book was not as good as the first in the series reed, and lack some description I found it quite easy to imagine the scene of things, or it might be that I just have a very good imagination

  3. 3 out of 5

    Ralph Carlson

    Another fun Doctor Who book.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Jenny

    A classic, like the episodes

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Before there were dvds and videos Dr Who episodes used to get released as novels so kids (and grown ups) could re-read their favourite adventures. Unfortunately as a child I never had any of these books as I would have loved them and read them again and again. So a friend was selling a few old ones she'd been given and I had to read them. The Android Invasion is an episode I think I may have seen a long time ago, but definitely one I don't remember well. I sat down and read this while I was not Before there were dvds and videos Dr Who episodes used to get released as novels so kids (and grown ups) could re-read their favourite adventures. Unfortunately as a child I never had any of these books as I would have loved them and read them again and again. So a friend was selling a few old ones she'd been given and I had to read them. The Android Invasion is an episode I think I may have seen a long time ago, but definitely one I don't remember well. I sat down and read this while I was not feeling very well and it was almost as fun as watching the episodes. I liked how the author very quietly poked fun at the running through the corridors and them being in another quarry. The characters came across as they would on the show. The plot to this was rather silly, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Sarah Jane managed to rescue the doctor twice, as well as save his life once. Now I think I need to watch the actual episodes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bekah

    The book is a quick read and full of Doctor Who moments. The dialogue sounds like the Doctor. Besides the Doctor and Sarah Jane, UNIT, robots, and aliens all make appearances. Additionally, just like in the show, the Doctor continues to elude death and overcome insurmountable obstacles. I had great fun reading this novel. However if one is not a Doctor Who fan, this book is probably not for them. The book is not without flaws. There were many plot points that were lightly skimmed over and some j The book is a quick read and full of Doctor Who moments. The dialogue sounds like the Doctor. Besides the Doctor and Sarah Jane, UNIT, robots, and aliens all make appearances. Additionally, just like in the show, the Doctor continues to elude death and overcome insurmountable obstacles. I had great fun reading this novel. However if one is not a Doctor Who fan, this book is probably not for them. The book is not without flaws. There were many plot points that were lightly skimmed over and some jumps in the narrative that left me wishing they have fleshed out the story more. A final thought a knowledge of the Doctor Who universe is assumed in the book. Therefore it is not a starter novel. I'd try watching the 9th Doctor first 3 episodes. If you love Doctor Who and enjoy reading, then this book will be loads of fun. If you are unfamiliar with Doctor Who, this book might leave you a by underenchanted and mystified.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Sherlock

    The first novel I ever read! When I was a young boy, I became hooked on Dr.Who. I had seen the first three parts of this on TV, but not the ending part. Then at the time I started highschool, this book was in a local news agent and so began my love of reading, thanks to Dr.Who, Terrance Dicks and Terry Nation. The cracking pace of Terry Nation's plot makes this immediately involving and Dicks minimalist style is easy to read. My favourite part is when the Doctor and Sarah have to climb into coff The first novel I ever read! When I was a young boy, I became hooked on Dr.Who. I had seen the first three parts of this on TV, but not the ending part. Then at the time I started highschool, this book was in a local news agent and so began my love of reading, thanks to Dr.Who, Terrance Dicks and Terry Nation. The cracking pace of Terry Nation's plot makes this immediately involving and Dicks minimalist style is easy to read. My favourite part is when the Doctor and Sarah have to climb into coffin-sized capsules and get fired out of a space ship and hope they don't burn up on re-entry, suffocate in the capsule or get smashed to bits on landing on the Earth. To say I was really gripped when it got to that point is an understatement, very exciting storytelling!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam James

    "The Android Invasion" has a pretty "meh" reputation amongst Who fans, but I dunno, I've always liked it. I know Terry Nation only had two ideas in his entire career, but I always found the story kitschy and fun (maybe not what Nation was going for). But the novelization by the Mighty Terrance Dicks is standard Dicks - it's efficient, and fun, and captures the spirit of the episode. No complaints from this Whovian.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the latest in my following and reading along of Paul's Blog Now as I remember I enjoyed the tv version of this story. I can't really say the same for the book. It's not told with any gusto. It's like a bored person describing the events. You don't feel any sense of danger, elation, anything. This should have been a good read. There's a good story to tell here. It's the first time I've been disappointed by a Target novelisation. I'm worried it won't be the last....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Whyte

    http://nhw.livejournal.com/1046178.html#cutid3[return][return]Alas, this was a case where the novelisation exposes the flaws of the original story a bit more; no longer distracted by the visuals of working out who is who, the incoherency of the Kraals' plan to Konkwer Erth is much more difficult to ignore.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jerame2999

    A good episode. The great thing about reading the book is the special fx are not a barrier anymore. I love Sarah Jane Smith. The first female companion with any agency. She acts of her own accord and is many times saving The Doctor. Worth a read and should only take you an hour or two.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Warren Benton

    3.25 rating. The doctor and Sarah have to save earth from the Kraals. the Kraals have created android replicas of the army base. they want to destroy the world. The Doctor and Sarah have to find a way to stop them.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Mark

    "The Doctor said casually, 'That's all right. But keep your wits about you, Benton. Nobody knows who's who around here.' Pleased with his little joke, the Doctor went on his way." (p. 117) Groan, Terrance. Groan.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Felicia

    Started a bit slow, but was good in general.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Souzan

    too many characters!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    A good novelization of a pretty weak TV episode. The bad guys feel more menacing than in the show.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Steven Poore

    Functional, good for filling time in waiting rooms...

  18. 3 out of 5

    Becci

    Another novel that i read long before I saw the episode

  19. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This is one of my favorite Doctors. I'm still on my way to reading all the Doctor Who books, so... onward!

  20. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    isbn,original

  21. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Johnson

    the very first doctor serial I saw on television as a kid, brings back memories. I'm a big fan of uncle Terry prose found this book quite enjoyable

  22. 3 out of 5

    Alex Bennetts

    DOCTOR WHO IS A DOCTOR BUT NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR.

  23. 3 out of 5

    stormhawk

    Ah, this is how I like my Doctors ... curly-haired and twinkly-eyed. Enough years have passed since I saw the episode and read this book that while familiar, it still held some surprises.

  24. 4 out of 5

    El

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashutosh Bharadwaj

  26. 5 out of 5

    colleen

    read 09.11.84

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melis

  28. 4 out of 5

    Edward Johnson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bradley Brown

  30. 3 out of 5

    Kevin

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