Doctor Who: The Romans

Doctor Who The Romans The TARDIS crew members have taken a break from their adventures and are enjoying a well deserved rest in a luxury villa on the outskirts of Imperial Rome But in the gory grandeur that is Rome things

  • Title: Doctor Who: The Romans
  • Author: Donald Cotton
  • ISBN: 9780426202882
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The TARDIS crew members have taken a break from their adventures and are enjoying a well deserved rest in a luxury villa on the outskirts of Imperial Rome.But in the gory grandeur that is Rome, things don t stay quiet for long If the time travellers can save themselves from being sold as slaves, assassinated by classical hit men, poisoned by the evil Locusta, thrown to thThe TARDIS crew members have taken a break from their adventures and are enjoying a well deserved rest in a luxury villa on the outskirts of Imperial Rome.But in the gory grandeur that is Rome, things don t stay quiet for long If the time travellers can save themselves from being sold as slaves, assassinated by classical hit men, poisoned by the evil Locusta, thrown to the lions, maimed in the arena and drowned in a shipwreck, they still have to face the diabolical might of the mad Emperor Nero.As if that isn t enough, they also discover that, although Rome wasn t built in a day, it was burnt down in considerably less time

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    1. Donald Cotton was chosen to novelise this story on the basis of the original author being dead, and his novelisations of his own comically inclined Hartnell stories. Cotton chooses to tell the story in an epistolary format, including delightfully ridiculous conceits such as Ian writing letters home. He plays up the absurd at every opportunity, from the Doctor’s delusions of his musical prowess to the farcical moments where characters just miss each other. Like the best comedies it has the bene [...]

    2. Probably the most entertaining Doctor book I have read so far. I liked that the author wrote the book in a series of journal entries/letters and such. It was a creative way to do it. And it was hilarious to hear things through the Doctor's point of view, especially since most books he seems callous and mean. It almost had a Terry Pratchett feel to it. The downside of this book is that it contains a majority of Roman story cliches. It's one big cliche, so much so I wonder if it was suppose to be [...]

    3. This novelization is even funnier and more lighthearted than the original story. Of Donald Cotton’s three novelizations, all humorous, The Myth Makers is the best. But The Romans has a farcical humor to it that makes it an enjoyable read. Especially humorous are Ian’s “diary” entries addressed to his former Coal Hill schoolmaster, that describe the various life-threatening predicaments he has been forced to endure as a Roman slave. There is much murder and intrigue about, but it’s hand [...]

    4. I found this book in a box while I was cleaning in the Garage. I am not sure why I saved the book, but I decided to give it a read. While I am sure this Doctor Who adventure made for great TV. The book version of this adventure was a rather disorganized read. The story is told from "discovered" historical documents or diary entries. This taints the story drasticly from one characters point of view to the other. This point of view might have been interesting at one time, but I found it very anoyi [...]

    5. I didn't even like reading Bram Stoker's Dracula because of the journal format, which was completely inappropriate for a horror novel. It's hard to capture excitement when someone is hurridly jotting down their thoughts before they get killed by a vampire. While The Romans is not at the horror/suspense level, it definitely detracts from the normal Who narrative having the story boiled down to scraps of journal entries. Even more confounding, the narratives are "found" by Tacitus, a Roman scholar [...]

    6. Every writer takes a different approach to Doctor Who. This might be the most unusual the story unfolds in a series of diary entries, by Ian, the Doctor, a Roman soldier, and others. While interesting, I did note that we don't get diary entries from Vicki, the new companion. This is her first adventure with the doctor as a companion, and we learn very little of her, other than her abilities to panic easily and scream loudly. Perhaps that's why she doesn't get her own diary entries, there are on [...]

    7. nhwvejournal/1021250ml[return][return]I had been looking forward to this one, famed as one of the best Doctor Who novelisations, and I was not disappointed. Cotton has recast the narrative of Dennis Spooner's TV script into epistolary/diary form: letters from Ian Chesterton to his headmaster, the Doctor's own diary, letters from Ascalis the assassin and Locusta the poisoner, and contributions also from Barbara, the Emperor Nero, and Nero's wife Popp

    8. First Doctor, Ian, Vicki, Barbara. Not your usual Doctor Who book. It's much more a companion piece to the episode than a novelisation, and there are some notable variances. The story is told in a series of personal documents, so the writing is ornate and in the first person. I'd also hesitate to consider it a kids' book like the rest of the novelisations. --There's nothing in it a kid won't be well familiar with from school history or BBC envisionings thereof, but it's a bit startling in a Doct [...]

    9. An epistolary tale can be gripping and engaging. But this poor presentation of an otherwise interesting story makes me want to never another of these novelizations again.And I own all of them.From letters written by an assassin to his mother, to journal entries somehow kept by an English schoolteacher while chained to an oar in a slave galley, this book tries so hard to prove itself funny and daring that it fails on every level to capture the excitement, humor and action of the original serial, [...]

    10. Donald Cotton, the mad genius behind "The Myth Makers" and "The Gunfighters", tackles another under-rated 1st Doctor comedy classicd creates a novelization that will make you laugh so hard you will drain your eyes of tears. Told in the form of letters, journal entries, and bad poetry, this is simply astonishing work for the Target range. When Nero comments that he must check the giant bathroom floor map to see if he's still in charge of Britain (even as he composes a love poem to Barabara!!!), w [...]

    11. What did I just read ?!?! I was told it would be funny. What I was told was true! This is nothing like any Doctor Who story I have ever read before! Definitely one of my favourites. A new style as well for me, being told in letters and entries in diaries or journals. There were even moments where I had to stop reading and just laugh. Specifically when Nero compares himself to being a cat so that he can catch Barbara who is a "mouse". Dead. Dieing. So good.

    12. This book is told from several charcters' viewpoints, in a lighthearted manner. What I didn't like about the way it was done was that the viewpoints were presented in the form of documents - letters, journal entries, etc. Much of the time nobody would be writing such documents in the circumstances they were supposedly in. It would have been better as plain character viewpoints for the most part.

    13. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I haven't seen the original episodes but I suspect this book is a tongue-in cheek homage. It's written from the perspective of the various protagonists as journal entries with their own biases and character showing through. And it's very comic in style. I especially liked the misadventures of the "poor" thug/assassin Ascarius.

    14. Very clever re-telling of the classic Doctor Who episode, with lots of funny additions. The conceit of each chapter as a page from the diaries of Ian, the Doctor, Nero, etc. was well thought-out. I enjoyed reading this, even though it was a little more satirical than the more straightforward novelizations.

    15. The writer tried to be clever telling the story via journal entries from various characters: Ian, the Doctor, Nero and so on. The effort failed. it was tedious reading through this.; worse than watching the episodes in question, which is saying a lot. I do not recommend this book.

    16. Did not like the format of this book as a series of journal and diary entries. Felt the humor was very forced.

    17. This novel isn't as good as all the previous novels, as it's presented in a diary format which is less exciting than reading about adventures directly!

    18. A humorous Dr Who book. The author is obviously well read knows his history and has a classical education no doubt. I enjoyed it but prefer the 'straight' books.

    19. Plays it a bit too straight and so loses some of the fun humor of the TV episode, but still one of the best of the historical stories.

    20. I'm sure the humour worked on screen but here it is just forced and there are so many anachronisms it jars frequently.

    21. This is written as a series of letters and journal entries from the points of view of Ian, The Doctor, the Empress and an anonymous Roman soldier. Hysterical.

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