Doctor Who: Scratchman

Doctor Who: Scratchman

What are you afraid of? In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker?s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost forty years in the making. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the ap What are you afraid of? In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker?s incredible imagination is given fr...

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Title:Doctor Who: Scratchman
Author:Tom Baker
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Genres:Media Tie In
ISBN:1785943901
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Doctor Who: Scratchman Reviews

  • Mark
    Jan 26, 2019
    So, here?s an unusual arrival for Doctor Who fans. Scratchman is a novel that, forty years ago, was the outline for a proposed movie when the television series Doctor Who was arguably at its most popular. Written by the Doctor of the time, Tom Baker, with Ian Marter (who played as...
  • Simon
    Feb 07, 2019
    I was looking forward to this as I wanted to see what Tom Baker would come up with. I knew he'd tried to get a movie off the ground in '76 and apparently this book is based on that storyline. Oddly the storyline feels more like a Barry Letts/Jon Pertwee story than a Tom Baker one. Unfo...
  • Iain Hepburn
    Jan 26, 2019
    Decidedly mediocre and shallow, with an ending that struggles to translate what would have at least been an interesting cinematic ending into a proper print climax. The shoehorning of nu-Who nods and winks into it also hampers the tone, making it a 70s prog album with backing vocals by...
  • ☕️Kimberly
    Feb 16, 2019
    The Doctor, Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island where they intend to enjoy a picniclunch, a nap and skip stones. All of that changes when they discover hideous scarecrows are taking over the small village. They will soon be in a fight for their live...
  • David
    Jan 28, 2019
    2.5 stars ...
  • Mel
    Feb 12, 2019
    (Probably 3.5 but I'm rounding up because of Tom) There were parts of this that were sheer brilliance and it was a joy to hear Tom reading them. The thirteenth Doctor showing up and her interacting with the 4th were wonderful. Harry and Sarah having the picnic which felt like a missing...
  • Alex Sarll
    Jan 22, 2019
    Tom Baker's old pitch for a Who film in which the Doctor meets the Devil, rendered as prose by Baker himself and James Goss*. Baker's roguish 85th birthday video, and general cynicism about the division of labour in such projects, lead one to suspect Goss may have done more of the work...
  • Craig Andrews
    Apr 02, 2019
    Lovely 4th Doctor adventure! The first and second section are superb as is the end with only a short silly bit I didn't like at all. I can't recommend listening to Tom Baker's narration enough as whilst he doesn't have the range of some actors doing audio books his 4th Doctor is, obvio...
  • Marlene
    Apr 14, 2019
    Originally published at Reading Reality They say that you never forget your first Doctor. The Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, was mine. The first episode I saw was The Talons of Weng Chiang. It was the late 1980s and Doctor Who was broadcast on WTTW in Chicago at 11 pm every Sunday night....
  • Sabine
    Apr 22, 2019
    As a big fan of Tom Baker and the fourth doctor, I was excited for this book. I loved it! Thank you Tom Baker! I hope you will continue to write more incredible stories! ...
  • Paul Griggs
    Jan 24, 2019
    The legendary film script devised by Tom Baker and Ian Marter brought to life by Tom with the help of some friends. It would have been such fun to see Tom standing up against ?old Scratch? on the big screen. If you?ve ever read any of Tom?s previous prose then you?ll have an ...
  • Michael Cook
    Feb 03, 2019
    Doctor Who: Scratchman is a story that's been gestating for a long time. Beginning life as an idea for a film by the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, himself, Scratchman never resulted in an actual film, and the idea gathered a lot of dust as Baker moved onto other things. Until now, that is....
  • Andy
    Mar 04, 2019
    'Scratchman' co-written by Tom Baker and James Goss, was originally devised by Baker and Ian Marter (who played the companion Harry Sullivan at the time) in the 1970s, but for whatever reason, was never made. It starts off with the Doctor on trial on Gallifrey, summoned to the Conv...
  • Timothy
    Feb 02, 2019
    Absolutely glorious narration by Tom Baker. A national treasure. ...
  • Ned Netherwood
    Feb 05, 2019
    Wonderful stuff. A vintage Who adventure from the minds of Tom Baker and Ian Marter realized with more than a little help from James Goss. At times the humour is prime Baker and the story is mad as cheese but it's all delivered in a smoothly readable delight with a few cheeky continuit...
  • John Bastin
    Apr 07, 2019
    This is an interesting story, the Doctor facing a large jury of his peers who are disturbed at how he works and affects the universe as a whole. We move from the inquest to the Doctor's rebuttal from chapter to chapter, seeing history as it happened, seemingly rushing through a typical...
  • Wayland Smith
    Apr 21, 2019
    I've heard with Dr. Who, just like James Bond, you tend to like the first one you see the most. That holds true in my case. The 4th Doctor, played by Tom Baker, with the curls and teeth and ridiculous scarf, is still my favorite version of the wandering Time Lord. So when I heard there...
  • Iain Mclaughlin
    Jan 26, 2019
    Delicious stuff. By turns funny, scary, thoughtful and flat out bonkers, this is much more than a novelisation of an unmade movie. It's rather a splendid novel and a wonderful bit of Doctor Who. I enjoyed it enormously. ...
  • Andrew
    Feb 09, 2019
    As an old Hammer fan I loved the folk-horror of the first half of the book. And only Tom Baker could write the Doctor in the first person. ...
  • Julia
    Feb 01, 2019
    I really, really liked this. The story is told by the Doctor himself, so it makes perfect sense to listen to the audiobook read by Tom Baker. It's an outstanding performance as you can imagine. He has a voice that makes the crowds listen (but wait). Who doesn't get goosebumps in "Day o...
  • Taksya
    Feb 14, 2019
    Avrei voluto dare il massimo a questa storia, novellizzazione di un'idea per un film di Tom Baker e Ian Marter, ma pi di tre non riesco. La quarta per l'interpretazione di Tom Baker, pi Dottore del Dottore nella lettura dell'audiolibro. Le idee sono interessanti e il lavoro di ...
  • Bryan Mitchell
    Jan 26, 2019
    A script for a possible feature-length Doctor Who movie in the 1970s is reborn as a novel written by the Fourth Doctor himself (Tom Baker) with a little help from James Goss who was responsible for the equally marvelous City of Death novelization among other things. Having Baker himsel...
  • Ken
    May 17, 2019
    ?Gallifrey doesn?t really do eccentrics. It?s why some of us leave.? This was such an odd curious read mainly because it was narrated from The Doctor himself, knowing the origins of this story probably does help to enjoy it more. Scratchman was originally conceived as an ...
  • Ellie
    Feb 19, 2019
    Audiobook review) 3.5* I?d highly recommend listening to this rather than just reading it. Tom Baker really brings the story to life, and his characterisation of the fourth doctor is spot on (as you?d expect!) The plot was very typical of a doctor who tv story, and a goo...
  • Stephen Robert Collins
    Jan 28, 2019
    There number of things that make me mad about this book first why is Tom Baker as author only on the cover, then inside with small letters James Goss but Worse is real insult Copyright Tom Baker & Ian Martin. Ian Martin Who played Harry Sullivan has no proper credit to book that He...
  • Felix Foote
    Apr 20, 2019
    This book is certainly different from what I was expecting. This mostly comes from its first person POV. Unlike most Doctor Who novels out there, this one is told from the Doctor's perspective. At least, for the most part. Sometimes, the reader can see what happened to people who aren'...
  • Colleen  Beers
    Mar 08, 2019
    Fantastic. A real gripping story with a few surprises and camels thrown in for good measure. Well worth the read, I listened and having Tom Baker narrate is just genius. Highly recommend for any Doctor Who fans. ...
  • Owen Townend
    Mar 02, 2019
    This was a pleasant surprise. Not that I had assumed the inestimable Tom Baker wouldn't write a capable yarn about his most iconic role but that it would be such a genuinely fun Doctor Who adventure. While I wasn't surprised that Baker would write in the first person perspective of ...
  • Neil Fulwood
    Jan 29, 2019
    The legendary unmade Doctor Who movie finally sees the light of day in the form of a deliciously genre-bending novel by the Fourth (and best) Doctor, Tom Baker himself. Read it and it?s impossible not to hear that distinctive voice in your head. Read it and you can easily imagine wha...
  • Jake Girdlestone
    Mar 03, 2019
    I first knew of this book when I saw an advertisement in doctor who magazine. A fourth doctor novel .. from the viewpoint of the doctor... written by Tom Baker !? I had to give this a go! And I?m glad I did. SPOILERS FOLLOW ?? So the basic premise of the book: The Doctor...