It’s too derivative – almost as if the producer and script editor had a shopping list of elements they wanted to incl There aren’t many Doctor Who books I haven’t read. An over-enthusiastic schoolboy who finds reserves of courage he never knew he had? But I can’t blame a story for doing what it could only have been expected to do, in context. But I can only suggest you give Big Finish’s full-cast audio adaptation a go instead.In fact I’d forgotten I had this – a novelisation of a story which was planned for 1985 but which was cancelled along with the season it was intended for. It’s very much of its time, and few would argue that that time was a good one for Doctor Who as a whole! This isn’t a bad novelisation, but there’s no disguising the lack of clarity which seemed to inform the original story.Williams suffered many brickbats as producer during the tumultuous late 1970s..this novelization reveals that he's a fantastic writer, with a keen turn of phrase, and a surprisingly powerful command of the bombastic 6th Doctor, as played by Colin Baker.Not to have seen this filmed for television means we were robbed of something wonderful.A writer who used to work on the show (Graham Williams)? This time round the Toymaker has set up shop in Blackpool, and the Sixth Doctor and Peri have to pursue him through a deadly amusement arcade to prevent him from Taking Ovar The Wurld, helped by a young man named Kevin Stoney (who must have been named for the actor who had portrayed the two great early Who supervillains, Mavic Chen and Tobias Vaughn).[return][return]It's not hugely inspiring stuff, but no doubt would have been rescuable with decent performances and effects (and coming at the start of the season it would probably have got them).I have heard a fan-produced audio version which is utterly deflated by the poor performance of the person playing Peri, and of course didn't have the resources that Big Finish will bring to it.
Far be it from me to credit Michael Grade with making a sensible decision, but I don’t think the world is a sorrier place for ‘The Nightmare Fair’ never making it to the screen. There’s no real sign of that here, though – the Doctor has moments of real spite, grumpiness and verbal diarrhoea, and although, in print form, we’re spared that awful costume he was forced to wear, we don’t have the inherent likeability of Baker’s performance to pull things through.
There's a sonic screwdriver cum magic wand that wouldn't be present.
The resolution is too convenient, as we were given no grounds to buy into it.
Thankfully, this thoroughly enjoyable, sublime book has been left behind for fans to cherish in its place.
I honestly don't know how I managed to finish this stupid book.