Doctor Who: The Time Meddler

Doctor Who The Time Meddler When the TARDIS materialises on an apparently deserted Northumbrian beach Steven disputes the Doctor s claim that they have travelled back to the eleventh century The discovery of a modern wristwatch

  • Title: Doctor Who: The Time Meddler
  • Author: Nigel Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780426203124
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • When the TARDIS materialises on an apparently deserted Northumbrian beach, Steven disputes the Doctor s claim that they have travelled back to the eleventh century The discovery of a modern wristwatch in a nearby forest merely reinforces his opinion.But it is 1066, the most important date in English history, and the Doctor s arrival has not gone unnoticed Observing the aWhen the TARDIS materialises on an apparently deserted Northumbrian beach, Steven disputes the Doctor s claim that they have travelled back to the eleventh century The discovery of a modern wristwatch in a nearby forest merely reinforces his opinion.But it is 1066, the most important date in English history, and the Doctor s arrival has not gone unnoticed Observing the appearance of the TARDIS is a mysterious monk who recognises the time machine for what it is He also knows that the Doctor poses a serious threat to his master plan a plan which, if successful, could alter the future of the entire world

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    1. The first story with the Meddling Monk and its a good story. I like the child like portrayal of the Monk and his interaction with Doctor, who clearly likes the Monk but he knows he has to stop him6/10

    2. I’m not really sure why I skipped Nigel Robinson’s adaptation of “The Time Meddler” during my Target novel collecting days. Whether it’s that the relatively recent release date came with a higher price tag or that I didn’t really appreciate the serial during my teenage years, I don’t quite recall.But this gap in my collection allowed me to come to Peter Purvis’s reason of the story without my memory cheating on the relative merit of the original novelization.Coming at the end of [...]

    3. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's yet another classic Hartnell era story which seems to consist of the characters running around, getting split up and captured and so forth. The writing is pretty good though and the character of the Time Meddler himself shone through quite clearly. He was a very interesting character and came across as larger than life. However, I do remember the original episodes and Peter Butterworth's performance was very good so that may have influenced my reading. This i [...]

    4. This was another good target novelisation. Nigel put a lot of effort into what everyone was thinking and their motivations to round out the characterisation. I thought he did a particularly good job with Vicki and I enjoyed how much she was exasperated with Steven! I liked this story as it was an interesting mixture of historical and shadowy figure. More like a modern pseudo-historical with people from outside the time causing trouble. I'd come across the "meddling monk" before in later Big Fini [...]

    5. Finally got around to this, one of the few Target novelizations I never had a chance to read. I'm sad to say it's the most disappointing of Nigel Robinson's four early-years adaptationimarily because of its lack of ambition. His novelizations of "The Edge of Destruction" and "The Sensorites" display a gorgeous talent to broaden & deepen both plot and character; his novelization of "The Underwater Menace" turns a piece of B-movie shlock into something exciting and fun. But "The Time Meddler" [...]

    6. A classic bit of 'Who' history as it's the very first time we encounter another Time Lord.Wanting a break after the events of the 'Chase' story, the Doctor and Vikki take their new traveling companion to earth. It looks like they've landed during the time of the viking invasion, but Stephen has his doubts when they find a very modern watch on the ground.The monk is a great character that should have been used more. He's more shifty and greedy than evil and the scenes between him and the Doctor a [...]

    7. Okay read, though a bit violent. There is some quite extreme sexual violence, for a Doctor Who book (not explicit), and no one seems to actually care about the woman affected (in the sense of giving her support for the horrors she has just been through), just to seek revenge for "damaging the goods" - I know it's a patriarchal society (of 1066 England), but at least the Doctor could be more compassionate, and not so interested in mead. Don't worry, some violent vengeance is served toward the end [...]

    8. Really enjoyed the Doctor's this first encounter with another Time Lord. That said you are left wondering what happened to the Monk. Sure someone has covered it off somewhere else and I have just missed it, but surely he has re-generations too? Equally, it's extremely unlikely that a Time Lord who left Gallifrey fifty years after the doctor had used all of his isn't it? Although appreciate that with time travel it is quite possible possible. Sure someone will fill me in.

    9. nhwvejournal/1024712ml#cutid3[return][return]I have been underwhelmed by Robinson's previous efforts, so I wasn't especially looking forward to this. But in fact Dennis Spooner's script is irrepressible, and for once Robinson rounds off a few corners without grinding the story down. Unexpectedly enjoyable.

    10. The Doctor's first encounter with another Time Lord is a rollicking adventure in a small Saxon village in England. The internal musings of a Saxon housewife seem as out of time, though as our travellers. Vicki, Steven, and the Doctor unravel a mystery and seek to set the timeline back in place will they succeed? It's not really a spoiler to say that The Doctor will triumph, is it?

    11. A fantastic serial made even better by an excellent novelization that fills in some plotholes and makes a few minor but excellent changes (such as letting Steven and Vicki see inside the Monk's Tardis after its dimensions were destabilized). One of the best Targets I've read so far.

    12. Typical plot where Dr and companions get split up and separated from the Tardis. The Monk is an interesting character and the story is set in Northumberland in 1066. Not the strongest plot but fairly well written. Lots of nice historical and contemporary cultural references.

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