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...
  • Becky
    Mar 15, 2019
    The 4th Doctor has always been my favorite and I was extremely excited to hear that not only did Tom Baker write a 4th Doctor book, he also narrates it. I listened to this gem entirely on audio and it was so much fun! I can easily claim this is a genuine Doctor Who horror novel. It wa...
  • 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...
  • Jason Corfman
    Feb 12, 2019
    Generally, I enjoyed the story, but the writing jumped back and forth between the first person and third person perspectives rather confusingly, sometimes in the same sentence. For example (no spoilers), at one point, he was describing a bit of a predicament that Harry and Sarah Jane h...
  • Jon Mackley
    Feb 03, 2019
    There were some good parts to this; the first was that I could almost hear Tom Baker narrating the story as it's written as a first person, almost confessional, account that the Fourth Doctor gives to the Time Lords (If I'd bought the audio book this would have been even easier). And i...
  • 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...
  • Roy
    Mar 11, 2019
    While I have enjoyed Doctor Who novels, I usually don't read them, too much other good things to read. I had to read this story, created by Tom Baker, the fourth doctor himself along with his companion Harry (Ian Marter) and polished by James Goss. Or rather, I was hooked on the idea...
  • Steve
    Feb 10, 2019
    Tom Baker, Ian Marter, and James Goss spun a tale of The Doctor facing the Devil himself. Interesting that this story was ever so slowly formed over the course of four decades and retains the spirit of the 1970s era of the show well. It must be a TimeLord trick. Interesting too is t...
  • 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...
  • Jason Wilson
    Feb 09, 2019
    Way back in the seventies when Tom was a new Doctor , he wrote a film script with Ian Marter his co actor. Marter was a good writer who would write several very good Dr Who novelisations and nearly wrote for the series itself ; shame he never got to contribute to the new era of print a...
  • 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...
  • John Feetenby
    Feb 01, 2019
    Chaotic, slight, whimsical, macabre. Immensely lovable if you love this kind of thing. Adapted, supposedly, from Tom Baker and Ian Marter?s 1970s Doctor Who movie pitch, this doesn?t feel entirely of a piece with the Sarah and Harry era of the programme. It?s really got more ...