Christopher H Bidmead

Doctor Who: The Second Monsters Collection
  • Doctor Who: The Second Monsters Collection

  • Five exciting novelisations of classic TV stories in which the Doctor and his companions encounter a colourful assortment of aliens.

    In Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters the TARDIS appears to land in the Indian Ocean, but something is very wrong. Here lie Drashigs...

    Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment sends the Doctor and friends to a future Earth, where a familiar opponent is subjugating humans.

    In Doctor Who: Full Circle the occupants of a distant planet are fleeing from Mistfall, and the coming of the Marshmen.

    Doctor Who: Frontios finds the TARDIS in the far future, with a planet undermined by the monstrous Tractators.

    In Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric an ancient evil stirs in 1940s England.

    Katy Manning, Jon Culshaw, Matthew Waterhouse, Christopher H Bidmead and Terry Molloy read these classic tales, originally published as Target Books paperbacks.

    (P) 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    © 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    Cover illustration by Andrew Skilleter

Christopher Hamilton Bidmead was born in 1941. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and subsequently played leading roles on the West End stage and television. For several years he was a regular voice on radio as a member of the BBC Drama Repertory Company. He began scriptwriting while working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and by the early Seventies was writing television scripts for the Thames TV serials Harriet's Back in Town and Rooms. At the same time a long-standing interest in science drew him towards technical journalism. His articles in the New Scientist prompted BBC producer Robert Banks Stewart to recommend him for the post of script editor on Doctor Who when it was vacated by Douglas Adams at the beginning of the '80s. After a year in that role he signed off on the job by delivering two stories, Logopolis and Castrovalva, and returned to freelance projects - including a third Doctor Who story, Frontios, and novelisations of all three for the Target range of books. His stint on Doctor Who introduced him to the use of personal computers, and for the past quarter century he has continued to work as an IT journalist, writing for a range of publications including Wired magazine and The Daily Telegraph. Over the last decade he has been a regular columnist on PCPlus magazine. (Author biography by David J. Howe, author of The Target Book, the complete illustrated guide to the Target Doctor Who novelisations.)

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