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  • Author's Saving Throw: Some of the books fixed problems in the televised stories, such as tying up the loose ends of "The Android Invasion" and giving an explanation for the Literal Cliffhanger in "Dragonfire".
    • The First Doctor's out-of-character behaviour in "Twice Upon a Time" is explained as him trying to antagonise the Twelfth Doctor, whom he dislikes.
  • Better Than Canon:
    • Many (including Paul Cornell) feel that the Master's Heel–Face Turn is handled much better in the novelisation of "Terror of the Autons" than in the televised version. Instead of siding with the Doctor because he has suddenly realised after working with them for months that the Nestenes might turn on him, the Brigadier pulls a gun on him and forces him to comply.
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    • The novelisation of "The Android Invasion" is regarded as being superior to the televised story, largely because Terrance Dicks filled in some of the Plot Holes.
    • The novelisations of "The Horns of Nimon" and "Warriors of the Deep" benefit from Terrance Dicks adding a bit of worldbuilding (the former showing how Soldeed met the Nimon and the latter telling us more about the future of 2084 and giving more character motivation).
    • The novelisation of "The Twin Dilemma" is another regarded as being better than the televised version. It wasn't written under horrendous time pressure, is free from the handicaps of poor acting and special effects, and the bits that can't be fixed are made fun of.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The prologue of the "Battlefield" novelisation has an appearance by Merlin, who's a future incarnation of the Doctor. And he's ginger.
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  • Nightmare Fuel: In the novelisation of "City of Death", Kerensky's death by rapid aging in the very machine he had built is far more horrific than in the televised version. From his point of view, he experiences the rapid aging in real time: "It took Nikolai Kerensky the rest of his life to die."

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