Feb. 17th, 2018

purplecat: The Sixth Doctor (Who:Six)

A Target Book Cover.  It has the Sylvester McCoy Doctor Who logo and a legend in the top right corner that reads `The Missing Episodes'.  The book title is The Ultimate Evil and the author is Wally K Daly.  The picture shows a generic blue-green planet with what frankly looks like a death star hovering above it and shooting it with a red ray.  Below this is a diamond shape with some kind of slug/frog alien wearing a pink jacket.  Next to this is a circle showing a bit of the Tardis console.  Below this is a scene of the Tardis in fog.  This is not quite as much of a disastrous mish-mash visually as the description makes it sound.


Target put out three novelisations of stories that were commissioned for the cancelled series 23 of which this is the only one by an unknown writer/producer and not featuring an returning villain. Wally K. Daly has a minimal wikipedia entry which nevertheless suggests he was an interesting writer of Radio plays. I recall almost nothing about the book beyond it was the weakest of the three stories (all of which were weak, suggesting somewhat that they were quickly written up from half-finished ideas or at least early drafts rather than adapted from completed scripts) and that the alien villain seemed to be something of a duplicate of the popular Sil character from the previous season (and who appeared in the third of these novelisations).

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