Doctor Who and theSunmakers Target Doctor Who Library


  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Doctor Who and theSunmakers Target Doctor Who Library
  • Terrance Dicks
  • English
  • 02 February 2014
  • 9780426200598

10 thoughts on “Doctor Who and theSunmakers Target Doctor Who Library

  1. says:

    For a long time this episode of Doctor Who was among my favorites and I was finally able to read the paperback based on the show Since it came after the episode by close to 5 years it followed the program pretty much exactly so I could easily visualize everything that was happening given the number of times I have seen the original episode With death and taxes the two certainties in one's life this book has uite a few of both The Doctor Leela and K9 arrive on the planet Pluto which has been colonized and taken over Long story short the ruling class put their thumb over the lower class and tax them at times so much and so often it leads to depression numbness and complacency for most Dicks nails the Doctor and his companions well and details such characters as Mandrel the leader of the underground rebels among one of the ugliest of humans which was a new wrinkle to me All in all a uick read at just 127 pages


  2. says:

    This was an odd story even for Doctor Who especially the resolution which basically made no sense The villain just sort of panics and uits in a way that just doesn't make sense in terms of what has just happenedOn the other hand the story includes some interesting bits of social commentary such as the fact that none of the workers have any idea what they're actually manufacturing or even who owns the company under circumstances where at least some of this information is important It felt like the story better captured the personality of the Doctor's companion Leela better than it did the Tom Baker version of the Doctor which is kind of weird Her reasoning was bloodthirsty but practical in a couple of scenes in a way that very much reminded me of the character as portrayed in the seriesThis is not an essential read even for fans but it's a uick one and the social aspects of the story are interesting than the SF parts in some ways


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    Review here


  4. says:

    Doctor Who and the Sunmakers by Terrance Dicks Target 1982 Original script by Robert Holmes 1977 127 pages paperback Number 60 in the Doctor Who Library This is seriously poking the establishment in the eye with a sharp stick The Company has defeated humanity some distant time in the future not by military force but by sheer economics The Collector has control over the colony on Pluto before it was demoted from planet hood where it has six suns Six The work units ie the population pay tax on everything even the air they breathe which is treated with a chemical to keep them docile The Doctor and Leela along with support from K9 meet a group of outcasts called the Others who defeat this tyrant The Doctor does something clever with numbers to bring the Collector's personal defeat after the People rise up in rebellion having turned off the air conditioning This story to me had of the obvious tongue in cheek humor of the almost silly zingers that was to become the hallmark of Graham Williams run as producer of Doctor Who I don't know if there was any intentional political eye poking in this story as I'm not familiar with late 70s British social climate but it sure seemed like there could have been As much fun as the dialog was the story was kind of grim The everyman character ground under the heel of the Company to the point to where the relative of a deceased loved one can't even pay the excessive death tax driven to the point of suicide even knowing that walking out in the light of the sun is forbidden to all but the chosen few Gruesome The Collector is probably one of my favorite one time baddies in this era of Doctor Who He has real personality that is executed very well by the author The Sunmakers is a great story with a nice fairly tight plot and good characters who develop over the course of the story Highly recommended


  5. says:

    returnreturnDoctor Who and the Sunmakers is probably the best of these nine Leela novelisations; Dicks clearly appreciated Robert Holmes' script and seems to have really got into the spirit of it There is an interesting scene in the book but not in the TV series where Leela encounters some elderly workers waiting for euthanasia Various other minor details are tweaked and basically improved in Dicks' telling of the story


  6. says:

    This novelisation is of a Doctor Who episode from the time of the 4th doctor He is travelling with Leela and they land on Pluto which they had thought uninhabited But when they find a city with artificial suns air conditioning a gas introduced into the pipes conditions the people to submit to The Company and a crippling tax system of course they have to get to the bottom of the matter There is a funny running joke with the titles used to address one of the people in charge your Omnipresence your Aggrandisement your Prominence your Corpulence


  7. says:

    I learned this weekend that this was Louise Jameson's favourite Leela adventure I watched the episodes shortly before reading the book and I can see why It's a great story future distopia where humans are forced to work and drugged into compliance It's a great comdemnation of capatalism and taxation and ends with a successful workers rebellion The novelisation only adds a few details to the story but it does so very well Definitely one of the best Leela stories


  8. says:

    A really good sci fi adventure which is also a cute satire on the British tax systemLots of running down corridors captures rescues k 9 action and an odd alien bad guyNothing earth shaking but clever and entertaining


  9. says:

    Although I don't agree with all of Terrance Dick's reinterpretations in this book he tones down a number of script writer Robert Holmes' moments of black humour it's clearly a story he is enthusiastic aboutand the result is another satisfying novelization from the 4th Doctor's era


  10. says:

    What happens when private companies are allowed to colonize space? The book is about the Doctor's adventures on Pluto which has been colonized by a trans galaxy organization 'The company'


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Doctor Who and theSunmakers Target Doctor Who Library Everyone knows that Pluto is a barren airless rock So naturally the Doctor is surprised when he discovers artificial suns an ultra modern industrial city and a group of colonists being worked — and taxed — to death in this inhospitable and supposedly undeveloped part of the universeWith the help of his companion Leela and the faithful K9 the Doctor takes on the mysterious and powerful Company ruthless exploiter of planets and their people


About the Author: Terrance Dicks

Terrance Dicks was an English writer best known for his work in television and for writing a large number of popular children's books during the 1970s and 80sHis break in television came when his friend Malcolm Hulke asked for his help with the writing of an episode of the popular ABC ITV action adventure series The Avengers on which Dicks received a co writer's credit on the broadcast He al