Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks

by Ben Aaronovitch

Last time he was here, the Doctor left something behind a powerful Time Lord artefact that could unlock the secrets of time travel.

Can the Doctor retrieve it before two rival factions of Daleks track it down?

  • Series: Doctor Who Library Target
  • Language: English
  • Category: Media Tie In
  • Rating: 3.86
  • Pages: 144
  • Publish Date: September 1st 1990 by Target Books, Carol Publishing Corporation
  • Isbn10: 0426203372
  • Isbn13: 9780426203377

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'Don't you think you could get along without me,' he said softly into the night, 'just for a little while?' Remembrance of the Daleks is probably my favorite episode serial involving the 7th Doctor. And of course, there was a lot of introspection from the Doctor himself, which was great because the 7th Doctor especially has that wonderful blend of light-heartedness and darkness. This is a really great book, especially for Doctor Who fans who enjoy the 7th Doctor!

In fact, REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS is a novelization of Episode 152, also written by Ben Aaronovitch. But I know lots of people are fans of his companion Ace, and I knew Aaronovitch, so I decided to see if this book was a good introduction. I think there is a tad too much head hopping, which is probably a result of following the beats of an episode where not all the same characters are onscreen at the same time. REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS is rougher than ONLY HUMAN, the other anniversary collection novel I've read and reviewed.

While the episode is fantastic, the book as a novel is very poor. Someone reading the book without seeing the episode or someone who hadn't seen it in a long time would be confused as there are pretty much no scene, character or object descriptions of any kind.

In fact two waring factions of Daleks have descended on this small area of London and will fight to the death for this device that could make them masters of time. Therefore the question needs to be asked, what is The Doctor planning and what will happen to the Daleks when they do get The Hand of Omega? This book is unique in that instead of being an original story it is an adaptation of the episode that launched the shows 25th anniversary. While there might be readers out there that cast a gimlet eye on fleshing out a television episode or movie as a novel I will never be one of them. Then one day I picked up the novelization of the movie Willow (no judging, Willow is freakin' awesome and I will fight anyone who says differently.) I remember one Sunday sitting in my grandparents double wide armchair in the living room, far enough away from the tv so that I could concentrate, and just falling into the book. I haven't actually seen the episode "Remembrance of the Daleks." Now you're up in arms saying, you can't judge something if it's based on something you've never seen... Also, if this book is any reflection of the actual episode, and seeing as they were both written by Ben Aaronovitch, I assume they are, then I never ever want to watch this episode, no matter it's significance, no matter that it delves into The Doctor's past, no matter what, sign me up for a boycott. Remembrance of the Daleks just grated on me because it felt like Aaronovitch was trying to use a new medium to jazz up what the show couldn't afford to do. So taking a Doctor Who story and just upping the techno babble without adding any true insight just goes against, well, everything Doctor Who. In fairness I think Aaronovitch knew the failings of the book because in his intro he asks to not judge a new writer harshly. He makes no effort to establish place or character and what techno babble he adds is so incomprehensible, the book feels like one giant long rant about Daleks that I found myself reading as fast as I could, when my mind didn't try to wander off to more pleasant thoughts. The Doctor being so squeamish about killing one Dalek when, spoiler alert, his plan was to destroy their whole planet and kill them all...

And while I may not have a big smile planted on my face most days while out pounding the pavement, I can't help but think I had a big smile planted on it for much of the time I was working out while listening to Remembrance of the Daleks. It was one of my favorite entries from the Target novels lines -- taking a great story and making it even better with some world building, character development and hints about the past of the our hero, the Doctor that, at the time, I lapped up with a spoon. I've still got my original copy of the book, sitting proudly on my bookshelf with all my seventh Doctor Target novels. And I was fascinated to see that this novel was chosen to represent the seventh Doctor's era for the fiftieth anniversary books that came out a couple of years ago. And so it was that when the Target audio range finally got rolling again this year, I was took great delight to see that Remembrance of the Daleks was headed to audiobook. The nostalgia rewards long time viewers of the show with Easter Egg after Easter Egg but it somehow manages to tell an entertaining, straight-forward Doctor vs the Daleks story that translates very well to the printed page.

4.5 Stars In this book The Doctor (Seven) and his companion, Ace, must rescue earth, yet again, from the Daleks. First published in 1990 and remastered for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Series, this book is marvelous and a grand adventure for any Whovian in search of one. (And, lets face it, when are we Whovians not in search of an adventure.) Im quite obsessed with Doctor Who. If only that pin of mine were true. (Humor, Heartbreak, Action He writes it all.) I also loved the story line this book laid out. Aaronovitch does a marvelous job of encompassing The Doctor and his companions personalities. For someone who isnt experienced in writing novels (Im not making this up or blowing this out of proportion; Aaronovitch tells his readers in the introduction to this new edition that he had a difficult time translating from script to book.), it can be hard to make the switch and translate everything well. This is an absolute must-read for any Doctor Who fan (Whovian) out there. The story line is spectacular, the characters are wonderful, and its an adventure you wont soon forget.

I will also do a video review here at my channel: "Remembrance of the Daleks" by Ben Aaronovitch follows the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace as they arrive in 1963 at Coal Hill School. If you are a die-hard "Doctor Who" fan, you'll notice that this book is a novelization of a classic episode of "Doctor Who" featuring the Seventh Doctor released back in 1988. Last year (2013 as of the date of this review), BBC America had a monthly special where they released a classic episode of "Doctor Who," starting in January all the way up to the 50th Anniversary in December. And for the Seventh Doctor, this was the episode they showed. Like I said, "Remembrance of the Daleks" just wasn't my favorite classic episode, and neither was this book. 1. Like I said, the Daleks bore me and this wasn't an episode I liked for starters.

Ben Aaronovitch's story is easily the strongest of the entire Sylvester McCoy era, and it paved the way for a whole swath of "New Adventures" that came after it. No wonder we love this story--we're never given the opportunity to sit down and think, "Half a moment, now..." It doesn't matter that "Remembrance" isn't the best Doctor Who story ever told.

Manipulated people into taking their own." - 10th Doctor, The End of Time First of all, if you haven't seen the classic Doctor Who serial Remembrance of the Daleks, go watch that now... This book is the novelization of the serial, and is written by the same man who penned the original screenplay.