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The mind-stretching and the macabre

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The only series more popular with Young readers than Douglas Hill's is Doctor Who - a positive industry with a book appearing every month to keep up with the 116 separate stories that have been televised during the past eighteen years. The very first story - Doctor Who and an Unearthly Child - has just been published for the first time, and reveals a much sharper and more equivocal doctor than the genial eccentric of later years. According to one librarian, Doctor Who is not considered by children to be proper science fiction at all - although he time travels, suits other planets, meets intelligent machines and BEMs (often gigantic ones), and does all the usual SF things. He and his monsters have somehow became a cosy, familiar and inescapable part of our cultural landscape. Even the evil Daleks, intelligent beings embodied in machinery, have a chubby conical shape. a silly walk (or glide) and a splendidly predictable method of extermination. It is the thrill of a known fear that doesn't linger in the mind that enlivens the best of Doctor Who, on and off the screen.

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  • APA 6th ed.: Hayes, Sarah (1981-11-20). The mind-stretching and the macabre. The Times Literary Supplement .
  • MLA 7th ed.: Hayes, Sarah. "The mind-stretching and the macabre." The Times Literary Supplement [add city] 1981-11-20. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Hayes, Sarah. "The mind-stretching and the macabre." The Times Literary Supplement, edition, sec., 1981-11-20
  • Turabian: Hayes, Sarah. "The mind-stretching and the macabre." The Times Literary Supplement, 1981-11-20, section, edition.
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