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|Weak Novelization of Weak Script|
|By:||David Layton, Los Angeles, United States|
|Date:||Sunday 20 October 2019|
|Rating: || 2|
Glen McCoy's only contribution to Doctor Who was this story. It was the weakest of Colin Baker's maiden voyage season in the TARDIS. Basically, this is story is a victim of too many ideas. We have a time corridor, a dictator-scientist, a planet that The Doctor has visited before, human / wild beast amalgamations, an impending interplanetary war, and so on. To top it off, McCoy has to get young H.G. Wells into the thing so that whatever happens becomes the "inspiration" for his most famous science-fiction works. The thing does not really hang together very well. The novelization doesn't help. Most writers of DW scripts who novelize them take the opportunity to clarify and embellish. McCoy's novelization is the laziest I have read of the Target series. He skips over large amounts of dialogue, replacing it with short, unilluminating, and boring exposition. The writing is dry and factual, with little regard for creating the scene in the reader's mind. It is really an opportunity missed to rescue the original TV serial.