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Terrance Dicks
Target Books
1977

Kriz was dying.

Why do so many spaceships crash-land on Karn, a bleak, lonely and seemingly deserted planet?  Are they doomed by the mysterious powers of the strange, black-robed Sisterhood, jealously guarding their secret of eternal life?  Or does the mad Dr. Solon, for some evil purpose of his own, need the bodies of the victims?  And more especially, the body of Doctor Who…

Doctor Who And The Brain Of Morbius is the novelization of the four-part serial from the classic Doctor Who run, specifically the Fourth Doctor from the 13th season.  Having not seen the original broadcast episodes yet, and coming across the boo, at a local Doctor Who fan club meeting, reading the novelization was a good way to explore the vast and richly storied tapestry that is the world(s) of Doctor Who.

In The Brain Of Morbius, strong Gothic overtones saturate the story, with a mad scientist constructing a monster out of various alien body parts to house the disembodied brain of the titular Morbius, while an order of immortal women priests guard the planet’s life-giving flame deep within a cave.  And finding themselves caught between are the Doctor and his long-time companion Sarah Jane.

The Brain Of Morbius was a nice little story, being a bit short – I managed to begin and finish the thing in a few hours.  But that seems to be par for the course for these novelizations.  A quick Doctor Who fix, really, and a decent way to continue exploring the classic series.  Definitely worth checking out.

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