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Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.Landing in Cranleigh Halt in England in 1925, the Doctor and his companions receive a warm reception from the local inhabitants and an invitation to a masked ball at the house of Lady Cranleigh and her son Charles.It is there that Nyssa discovers her startling resemblance to Charles' fiancee Ann. Then eventsNovelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.Landing in Cranleigh Halt in England in 1925, the Doctor and his companions receive a warm reception from the local inhabitants and an invitation to a masked ball at the house of Lady Cranleigh and her son Charles.It is there that Nyssa discovers her startling resemblance to Charles' fiancee Ann. Then events take a more sinister turn when Ann is attacked and two servants murdered. Will the Doctor and his companions stand accused of murder?...

Title : Doctor Who: Black Orchid
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ISBN : 9780426202547
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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Doctor Who: Black Orchid Reviews

  • Michael
    2019-03-04 02:50

    When I first read Terrence Dudley's novelization of his two-part "Doctor Who" story more years ago than I care to count, I was struck by how Dudley took a simple, two-part story and added something to it. In many ways, "Black Orchid" as a novelizations as pre-cursor to what the Target range would later become--a chance to really expand "Doctor Who" stories beyond the small screen. A chance to fill in gaps, flesh out charcters, fully realize details. It's a novelization I have very fond memories of reading and always one I cite as one of the better novels of the Target range.So, when I heard it was coming out on audio CD, I was eager to revisit it.Only to find the memory can and does cheat.It's not to say "Black Orchid" is a bad novel. It's still a splendid little book and it does a lot of justice to the Dudley's two-part script. But a lot of what I recall as expanding the story really boils down to extended sequences playing cricket (which I appreciate the attempt to explain the game more, though I really still don't grasp it) and the Doctor wandering along corridors for endless sequences. Part of it is that "Black Orchid" is an interesting little Doctor Who story. It's a hybrid of a lot of various elements from the series past and it works well enough on-screen when you can buy that there are lots of doubles floating around. On-screen, it's easier to buy the mix-up of who is who with the dopplegangers of Nyssa and Anne. In the novel, Dudley has to work harder to keep the fun going, allowing the reader to know who is who while other various character aren't quite sure. Also, the visual tell of Anne having a mole that Nyssa doesn't really doesn't translate as well to the printed page or its audio version.As I listened this time, I found that Dudley had expanded things, but maybe not enough. The novel assumes the reader hasn't seen the TV version and that works both for and against the story. Dudley doesn't give away the central mystery in the story until the exact right moment, though if you're paying attention it's not terribly difficult to pick up what's going on. But in a story where it's assumed most readers have seen the televised version, it might have been more interesting to hear more about George's trip up the Amazon and the discovery that led to his downfall. Or to hear more about how Lady Cranleigh reacted upon his return and the news of what happened to him. I guess part of it is being spoiled by the New Adventures where sidetrips like this were allowed and encouraged. It seems like that despite all the pluses for this novel (and there are enough to keep it as head and shoulders above a lot of the Target line, though not in the elite class of novels like "Ghost Light" or "Remembrance of the Daleks"), there are still some missed opportunties in the story.Not a bad telling of the story. Just not as great as it was in my memory.

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2019-03-02 23:40

    A nice charming story.... 6.5/10

  • David Layton
    2019-03-13 01:39

    Terence Dudley's novelization of his own teleplay is actually better than the original episode. This episode was a two-parter that felt truncated at two parts. The novel format allows Dudley to fill in some gaps and add some depth to the character. The story itself is a typical 1920s mystery/adventure, with The Doctor mistaken for a Cricket player, taken to a stately mansion in the countryside and becoming the chief suspect in a murder. Yet, something's not right at Cranleigh Hall. Add to this a bit double-trouble when Nyssa and the current Lord Cranleigh's fiancée are nearly identical, one South American native with a deformed lip, a masquerade ball, and one get all the elements typical of the genre. In this, Dudley has perhaps gone a bit overboard. There are some clumsy bits of foreshadowing of the "little did he know that in the very near future he would be in deep trouble" variety. It's light and fun and not much else.

  • Steve
    2019-03-21 03:38

    It shouldn't work but it does. A DW story with no aliens, no invasions, nothing supernatural. But I'm rather fond of this story with its suspicious goings-on at a posh 20s mansion. From the engrossing cricket match to Adric's culinary adventures to the final fiery denouement, it's all a jolly hoot. Even Tegan's enjoying herself for a change.

  • Nicholas Whyte
    2019-02-21 00:54[return][return]Two-part stories give a lot of space to add more to the narrative when it comes time to write the novelisation, and this has been done well (Ian Marter) and badly (Nigel Robinson). This is definitely more at the Marter end of the spectrum. Dudley adds much detail about the cricket match (as incomprehensible to me as to Adric and Nyssa) and roots the story in the class structure of the Britain of the period, the Dowager Marchioness coming across as a particularly memorable personality. He even succeeds in giving Adric a couple of memorable character moments.[return][return]It's a good book - my favourite Fifth Doctor novel so far - but let down by lousy proofing: repeated references to "Portugese" and "Venezuala" (and by the way, the first is not actually spoken much in the second); also we have someone dressed as "Marie Antionette". A shame that Target couldn't take more care.

  • Amy
    2019-03-03 21:43

    This installment of Doctor Who had a different feel to it; part gothic horror story, part mystery, part love story, it was less sci-fi and more Jane Eyre. I did find the mystery to be very predictable, and the first two chapters dragged on interminably (honestly, two chapters about a game of cricket?!), but I still found the story to be engrossing. Once we got past those cricket chapters, all I really wanted to do was spend the rest of the day listening to this story!

  • Travis
    2019-03-09 22:33

    A fun little story that tries to fit the Tardis crew into an Agatha Christe style old fashioned mystery. Bit light weight, but a nice change of pace from the usual fate of the universe stories or the other Doctor Who historicals where they cross paths with a major historical figure.Only gripe is the first half of the story moves at such a leisurely pace that the second half feels rushed, once the mystery is introduced. Think it would have worked better if the book was longer.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-03-04 01:31

    A brilliantly expanded story. "Black Orchid" was a delightful breath of fresh air, and Terence Dudley takes his simple little story and adds brilliant layers, from a hilariously expanded cricket match to the backstory of the ill-fated 1st Lord Cranleigh. These are real characters in this book, and they resonate with charm, greed, suspicion, amazement, and sadness. No cardboard cutouts need apply.

  • Leila Anani
    2019-03-10 03:32

    Novelization of the Dr. Who episode of the same name starring Peter Davidson. A rather interesting story having no alien or supernatural element whatsoever, it plays out like an Agatha Christie episode, (it's set in 1925 in a Stately home.) It manages to be really creepy. The cricket game goes on a bit, otherwise not bad at all.

  • Yosef Shapiro
    2019-03-07 21:33

    I watched this episode many years ago and felt it was a very predictable plot. I read the book version and found that some of the plot points were a bit more fleshed out than a two part television episode could allow for. Not much background is provided. So, the book presumes you know the show and characters.

  • Sarajane
    2019-03-01 23:54

    The Unicorn and the Wasp remind me of this book.