Doctor Who and the Zarbi

Doctor Who and the Zarbi The Zarbi huge ant like creatures with metallic bodies and pincer claws are waiting for Tardis sic when its police box shape materializes on the cold and craggy planet Vortis They capture Doctor Who

  • Title: Doctor Who and the Zarbi
  • Author: Bill Strutton
  • ISBN: 9780426113249
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Zarbi, huge ant like creatures with metallic bodies and pincer claws, are waiting for Tardis sic when its police box shape materializes on the cold and craggy planet Vortis They capture Doctor Who, Ian and Vicki and take them to their weird Headquarters, a city of web like organic matter.But the Zarbi are not the only beings on Vortis Barbara has fallen into the haThe Zarbi, huge ant like creatures with metallic bodies and pincer claws, are waiting for Tardis sic when its police box shape materializes on the cold and craggy planet Vortis They capture Doctor Who, Ian and Vicki and take them to their weird Headquarters, a city of web like organic matter.But the Zarbi are not the only beings on Vortis Barbara has fallen into the hands of the butterfly like creatures with soft voices and iridescent wings, whose civilisation has been destroyed by the Zarbi She learns that her captors are only the advance party of Menoptera in exile who plan to win back their planet by an invasion from outer space For the Zarbi have brought the dark age to Vortis.In the final thrilling chapters, Doctor Who and the crew of Tardis encounter the power which controls both the Zarbi and the living Web City How can they defeat this strange bladder of blazing light which draws in and absorbs all who come into its presence

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    1. So I do enjoy the target novelisations, a nice way to revisit stories and get a feeling for ones you can't see. This one I started reading right after having watched the episode and I gave up before the end of the first chapter. First it starts with Ian wanting Barbara to cook them breakfast. They are both professional teachers why can't he cook his own breakfast and expects her to do it? Oh yes because she's a woman! Adding in Extra sexism is not necessary! Then the men discuss how they are une [...]

    2. nhwvejournal/1022168[return]Doctor Who and the Zarbi was based on the story now generally called The Web Planet, which crashes and burns spectacularly awfully on screen because today's viewers cannot take the production values seriously. The book is a bit better, because the printed page and the reader's imagination, rather than the unforgiving camera, supplies the details of the various non-human races in conflict on the planet Vortis. In principle it makes a good sf story, perhaps the best sf [...]

    3. This book had a really interesting plot, but it was very hard to read due to the lack of accuracy on the author's part. It felt as if the author wasn't even a Doctor Who fan since he consistently called him "Doctor Who" instead of "The Doctor", and "Tardis" (italicized, like it was the name of a ship, e.g. Titanic) instead of "The Tardis". Either the author hadn't seen a single episode of the series and just wrote this book for money, or the editors fudged on the project. Those kind of errors ru [...]

    4. I was only conscious of the sexism everyone describes in this story at the beginning. It was definitely there at the opening, but I didn't really catch anymore as the story progressed.This was a pretty decent sci-fi story with the Doctor thrown in to give it a little something extra. I enjoyed the variety of sentient life (all related to insects) on the planet setting for this story. This allows the story to vary from the common humanoid alien trope of most Doctor Who and older sci-fi of the tim [...]

    5. A solid all around novelization. I'd give it higher than three starts except it suffers from the fact that it was broadcast and written in 1965 well before most of the canon of the series had been created, The Doctor has not yet regenerated, the indestructability of the Tardis has yet to be established etc. Fans particularly of the series from the 2005 reboot onwards might be very confused by the goings on. The language is also a touch archaic and slows the pace just a tad in comparison to other [...]

    6. Pretty good. There was loads of REALLY annoying sexism in it especially to Barbara. They spent the entire novel trying to protect her, asking her to make them food and then after she single handedly saved all their lives (while the rest were being totally pathetic) at the end did she get so much as a thanks? No. Apparently the sexism isn't in the original ep so why was it added?? Otherwise there were great characters and a fun, interesting plot. V enjoyable.

    7. Eh, not the greatest novelization of the Doctor Who stories (Yes I know it's one of the first ones so I do have to give it some slack). But the fact that the consistently referred to the Doctor as Doctor Who kind of really annoyed me and it's just a very strange story in general. I'd say give it a pass.

    8. Short review. Hot tea time action that was mostly more coherent than the Doctor Who episode it was based on: The Web Planet.The Rest: At 174 pages it was, like the 1965 TV shows, both too long and too bloated with fluff to be a real success. There were some sci-fi elements that hinted at awesomeness; a very alien planet with a low density atmosphere, living bio-weapons, a strange force able to pull the Tardis out of time and space and sinister Intelligence that could be mistaken for something fr [...]

    9. This is the second Doctor Who novelization ever published and is of the second season serial commonly known as The Web Planet, a First Doctor story. This novel was written by Bill Strutton, who wrote the screenplay for the televised serial, and this novelization was originally published in 1965 (and subsequently reprinted by Target in 1973). This is not one of the 12 novels that BBC Books has currently reprinted, although it was listed in an online poll where fans voted on which books to reprint [...]

    10. (I've come back up here after finishing rambling to say that this was the second Doctor Who book ever published and thus contains many niggling differences that have been ironed out since. It is, however, ultimately a satisfying read for a child who lived a few decades ago and liked Doctor Who quite a lot, and possibly spent the majority of her formative Saturdays mooching round Oxfam for second-hand Target Dr. Who books. Which is quite fair, I think.)I have to say, now I'm pushing thirty-ahem, [...]

    11. The second of three original novelization from the 60s (this one also originally illustrated), The Zarbi is a great story that couldn’t really be taken too seriously as a TV serial today. Mostly due to silly costumes and special effects. But, in its novel form, it’s a great classic Doctor Who story. Yes, it’s about alien insects. But we’re given the first version of the Doctor Who classic alien “spider” boss, of which some variant was used in later stories. The annoying thing here is [...]

    12. I'm actually disappointed in this book, often described as a classic novelization of a bonkers story. But once you read it, you realize that what made "The Web Planet" so bonkers -- yet so amazing --is the world-building, the performances, the design work, and the complete strangeness of its environment. All of that is stripped out of the novelization, leaving behind a functional but slightly dry action-adventure story. It's also blighted by some 60's male chauvinism that was absent from the TV [...]

    13. I was so blown away by this book (aged seven) that I think I reread the first couple of chapters about ten times. I was like a little bird trying to fledge, getting so far before dropping back into the nest, scared of what was out there. I kept trying though and eventually got past Ian Chesterton getting tangled up in a web. It had some great little black and white illustrations by John Wood. After that I went up to the library every week looking for more. At first there were only three to choos [...]

    14. I remember reading this as a boy and finding it dry compared to some of the other target novelisations that I'd read before it but of later stories with later Doctors. I found this to be the case 40 odd years later. It's a thin and strung out plot but with enough 'action' (just) to keep one interested. I've read that the TV version left a lot to be desired and I reckon in the 60s it would have been difficult to create realistic giant insects and the landscapes of the planet Vortis / the web stru [...]

    15. An odd and glorious experiment from the early days of the show. The Tardis crew are the only humans in this story of war between the various insect based beings of a planet. Giant ants vs Mothmen.Cheap as the show was, it was still fascinating to see the BBC try something this ambitious. The book eliminates the cheesiness of the TV show and really gives the story a big, epic feel.Another Who story that needs a good sequel.

    16. The Tardis is drawn to Vortis, a planet with many unusual creatures. A novelisation of a classic Doctor Who television story. This story manages to follow the original plot pretty closely but obviously is not constrained by the available special effects of the 1960s. Well written and engaging this is a worthwhile book for any science-fiction fan and a must for fans of the earlier incarnations of The Doctor.

    17. First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki. An old-fashioned sci-fi pulp story, so it is mainly concept that keeps you reading. Quite a few illustrations, and longer than most DW novelisations. One of the three published in 1965--eight years before Target picked up the line--so the Doctor is referred to as Doctor Who throughout.

    18. As many of the reviews point out this is one of the first adaptations and it's also one of the strangest (deliberately) story lines.Well worth a read if you can ignore the fact the Doctor is constantly named as "Doctor Who" - which I admit I struggled with. That said, it's 1965 and the show is still developing so its interesting from that perspective too.

    19. I've seen the television episode. It's a First Doctor episode, and at least by this time, it's somewhat hallucinatory, with auras around everything.The book was less so, as I recall. But I still wondered why it wasn't possible to make PEACE with the Zarbi. They once lived in peace with their neighbors. Why couldn't they do so again?

    20. Not a terribly strong story, even for Doctor Who. A lot gets left unexplained, and the action isn't very exciting. I never saw the original TV episode, so I don't know if it's a good or bad adaptation.

    21. Much better than the filmed version because I was able to get past the poor visual effects and focus solely on the concepts of an alien world of spiders, ants, and butterflies at war with one another. Very gripping, really.

    22. Actually, listened to the newer CD version read by William Russell, supplemented by his memoirs at the end. Story was just as good as when I read it as a boyis was one of the better black and white productions of the serial as well.

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