Doctor_Who_and_the_Invasion_of_Time

Terrance Dicks
Target Books
1979

The space ship was enormous, terrifying, a long, sleek killer-whale of space.

A traitor to the Time Lords?  Can the Doctor really be in league with the evil Vardans, spearheading a treacherous invasion of his home planet, Gallifrey?  Or is he playing a deadly double game, saving the Time Lords by appearing to betray them?  But the Vardans themselves are only pawns in the game, and the Doctor faces an old and deadly enemy, as he battles to foil the Invasion of Time.

Another novelization of a six-part serial from the 15th season of the classic Doctor Who series that I picked up via the Doctor Who fan club I attend when I can.  I only grabbed three titles, which didn’t last me very long.  Should’ve grabbed more.  But I digress.

The Invasion Of Time was a pretty darned good yarn, starting with what appears to be a traitorous move by the Doctor, essentially taking over the Presidency of Gallifrey due to a technical loophole to bring about an invasion.  Of course, there’s a method to the Doctor’s madness, and not everything’s the way it seems, giving some delicious twists to the story.

One of those “twists” actually is spoiled by the cover, which features a Sontaran warrior, when the Sontarans don’t actually appear until the last quarter of the story.  Despite this, The Invasion Of Time was a very good read, full of intrigue and mystery while exploring the inside of the Doctor’s TARDIS further; and also setting it in Gallifrey gave some insights to the inner workings of the Doctor’s home.  Also, K-9’s in here!  Mark I model, in case you’re wondering.

Overall, The Invasion Of Time was a satisfying if a bit short read in the series of novelizations.