Category Archives: Books

The Dr Who Annual 1979

Isn’t it strange how one of the high points of Doctor Who on television was accompanied by the low point of the annual range.  The Fourth Doctor annuals were really made to a very poor standard, and that applies to … Continue reading

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The Book of Questions

One last deviation from video games before the new year begins.  Since I’ve been reviewing books these last couple Sundays and games on Saturdays, I thought we could merge the two for one last idea for families and friends.  This … Continue reading

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Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

LET’S GO SLEIGH THEM! Terry Pratchett was truly one of the greatest authors who ever lived.  So many fantasy authors over the years have produced tedious escapism, far removed from the real world, but Pratchett took a different approach.  He … Continue reading

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On Target: The Day of the Doctor

Well, it’s time to wrap up the last of the TARGET novels, this time looking at the incredible The Day of the Doctor.  As I mentioned last week, I had to get the audio since I lost my notes on … Continue reading

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On Target: Twice Upon a Time

As Christmas rapidly approaches, I wanted to close the loop on the TARGET novels that came out this year.  Even though I’d rather cover this one a little closer to Christmas, I’ll cover Twice Upon a Time first.  Why is … Continue reading

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The Dalek Book

54 years ago some lucky children found a very exciting annual in their Christmas stockings: The Dalek Book, subtitled “astounding stories of the outer space robot people of television’s ‘Dr. Who’”.  It was published by Panther Books Ltd in association … Continue reading

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The Many Lives of Doctor Who

I have to make today’s post a quick one.  I had a tough day including a flood and far too much driving but I didn’t want to leave our Christmas list blank!  Santa is coming and there are plenty of … Continue reading

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On Target: The Christmas Invasion

The first thing you notice reading Jenny T. Colgan’s The Christmas Invasion is the table of contents.  Jenny could teach the BBC a lesson on how to use titles.  Every chapter is the title of a Christmas song.  And that’s both charming and brilliant for The Christmas … Continue reading

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A Touchdown on Thanksgiving

For the month of December, I intended to look at some Christmas gift ideas, but needed to start early because of Thanksgiving.  As Americans, we celebrate Thanksgiving every November to give thanks for all we have.  The origin has to … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1978

I described the 1977 Annual as the lowpoint of the annual range, and in terms of the artwork that is most certainly the case.  Surprisingly, they managed to find some more downhill for the stories.  For the 1978 Annual there … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1977

So here we have it, the infamous 1977 annual, the low point of the annual range.  It puts you in a bad mood before you have even opened it up, towering over the other annuals and poking out from the … Continue reading

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The Faraway Tree

Welcome to October in the Junkyard!  Lots of blogs tend to go with some kind of a build-up to Halloween during the month of October, and last year we went big with the horror.  I won’t speak for Mike, but … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1976

The 1976 annual has a gorgeous frontispiece, depicting the Doctor and his companions exploring a beautiful alien landscape with monolithic ruins.  However, there is something a bit odd going on.  Who are the companions?  In particular, who is that scraggy … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1975

The Doctor Who annuals continued their slow decline in terms of the artwork, but the quality of the stories actually improved with the 1975 annual.  They are not quite so derivative of the television episodes, but more importantly the end … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1974

The Doctor Who annuals continue their slow decline with this offering, featuring endless boring lucky dips from the children’s encyclopedia.  There are six short stories and two comic strips.  The annuals always did feel out of step with the television … Continue reading

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On Target: Rose

When I reviewed City of Death by James Goss, one thing that jumped out at me was how accurate the book was.  It was lifted right out of the television story adding very little beyond slight blips of internal thought … Continue reading

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On Target: City of Death

It took me less than a week to complete my reading of Target books’ City of Death.  It’s not a difficult feat to accomplish that because the book is under 200 pages, but maintaining a job, family and school, and still … Continue reading

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On TARGET for more

Since Roger and I began the Junkyard, almost a year ago, I’ve found myself periodically discussing the Doctor Who Target novelizations.  They were a big deal when opportunities to obtain Doctor Who merchandise in the US were few and far … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1973

Observant readers will notice that the last annual we looked at was dated 1971 and this one is 1973, but we haven’t actually missed one out.  Doctor Who was not deemed a successful enough series to warrant an annual for … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1971

The five Doctor Who annuals published during the 60s were all written along similar lines, a kind of mashup between The Web Planet and the Cushing movies.  By the time we got to the Troughton era, this was already feeling … Continue reading

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