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Władcy czasu (Doctor Who Library (Target) #64)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  419 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes/story of the same name.

Time itself is in peril! The three Doctors are united against an old enemy from the distant past of Gallifrey...

Vital cosmic energy is draining into a black hole and the Time Lords are under siege. The Doctor is their only hope but, trapped in the TARDIS, he's powerless. The only way out is to break the Firs
Paperback, 125 pages
Published 1994 by Empire (first published November 1st 1975)
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This is the novelisation of a four part serial that ran from December 1972 to January 1973 and featured the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, Jo Grant and UNIT in the form of the Brigadier and Sergeant Benton. It is of course notable because it also starred the Second and First Doctors, though William Hartnell was too ill to do much more than a cameo appearance, so much of the hard work falls of the shoulders of Patrick Troughton.

This was a well written and thrilling story as the three Doc
Jul 02, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strange creature emerges from a weather balloon with a mission to hunt the Doctor. On Gallifrey the Time Lords monitor a strange power loss, tracking it back to a black hole. In desperation they decide to break the First Law of Time.
Whenever I think of the tv version of The Three Doctors I think of it as the one with the 'comedy Brigadier'. Back when I was a kid though it was the one with the 'thingy' that made folk disappear. That 'thingy' scared the heck out of me.
Terrance Dicks goes to town
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I re-read this recently. I think these novelisations are my favourite form of this franchise. They cover the vintage era, which I like better than the slick current stuff, but they allow me to create my own, far more effective, special effects in my mind's eye. This was a pretty gripping story with its glimpses into Time Lord history and the multiple Doctors. I can't say anything deeper than that, I revert to being 12, mentally at least, when I read these books and that can be a most rewarding e ...more
This is one of the few Target novels I didn't read growing up. Whether it was because it was never available in any of my local bookstores or that I was just a bit underwhelmed by the story when I first saw it, I'm not sure.

But listening to it now as an audio book and realizing that this is the version of a story that a generation of "Doctor Who" fans grew up with, I can see why it's so beloved. Terrance Dicks' adaptation of the tenth anniversary story adds a few elements that the television st
Dec 22, 2015 Thom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
Little more than a transcript of the television show. Opportunities for creativity were instead "blob men" and "grey sand". To be fair, there was a lot of the latter, but an opportunity to visit our characters thoughts was very much missed - this is mostly dialog and action.

Oh well, at least it was short.
Katische Haberfield
Thoroughly enjoyed- a great quick read and pick me up. Feels like I haven't read anything for ages, when in reality it is probably only a week or so. This has gotten me back in the mode again.
I'd've liked a little more detail about how things made of matter were stabilized in the antimatter universe--might be useful against future need, eh?
Jolie Bonnette
While it was somewhat redeemed by other characters following the Doctor "obediently" and not just Jo, this story still grated on my modern woman's nerves by the female characters being portrayed as mostly useless when they were settle in to do the cooking and cleaning. That's why it only got 3 stars. It's a bit difficult to enjoy a story when that glaring situation is distracting you from it. I know it was typical of the times for women to be treated that way. It doesn't mean I have to like it. ...more
Steve's All things Doctor Who
A very amusing story I love the Three Doctors... I always liked the Doctors when they argued because it showed the way they dealt with certain situations.... Omega is impressive and come across as all powerful.... The book helps with cheap looking TV story,....
Nov 05, 2015 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
This is one of the short Doctor Who books I picked up at the Gallifrey One Convention last weekend. I got this one signed by the author for my sister, so I wanted to read it before I passed it along to her.

As far as I know, most (if not all) of the Target-published classic Who books are based on episodes that aired. It was interesting starting with this book, since I have not actually seen any of the Classic Who episodes yet, but I still enjoyed reading this book. The 3 incarnations of the Docto
Christian Petrie
Here we have the first time in Doctor Who multiple Doctors meeting for a single adventure. It turns out to be an average adventure. In thinking back to this story, it has been a month since I read it, what is the best way to sum this up for someone? Average.

The plot involves blobs making people and things disappear. The Doctor is working on trying to solve it, while the Time Lords are needing him to help out. Only by the combination of two Doctors, the First Doctor is this just for advice, can t
Sarah Sammis
Jul 01, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc, read-in-2009
Doctor Who and the Three Doctors by Terrance Dicks builds on Doctor Who and the War Games although there are a number of adventures (and three seasons) in between the two.

The Third Doctor is still stuck on Earth and is working for UNIT. Meanwhile a probe studying energy signals from deep space has picked up a hitchhiker in the form of a superluminal signal carrying an antimatter blob intent on capturing the Doctor. To save the universe the Time Lords back on Gallifrey must break one of their car
The pace of some novelisations can be very plodding but this interesting little story cracked on and showcased the different personas of the Doctor quite neatly. I was never very fond of Jo Grant as a companion, so Katy Manning's reading failed, quite predictably, to appeal although I felt she did well with a lot of the characters, especially Doctors 2 and 3, and the characters who get swept up in the situation - the birdwatcher Hollis and the scientist Tyler. She did not capture the charm of Br ...more
Adam James
Feb 28, 2016 Adam James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, doctor-who
More fascinating than anything, The Three Doctors, the novel, must be way more enjoyable to active Doctor Who fans than newcomers. I'm not entirely convinced that Terrance Dicks is able to explain or describe the events or characters in a understandable way to non Doctor Who fans. Trying to distinguish between which Doctor is doing what, and why the Time Lords have stranded the Doctor on Earth, and making sense of the techno-babble of Omega's anti-matter dimension must be terribly frustrating to ...more
I've long been interested in the story of the Three doctors and it was nice to finally be able to read the novel and find out what it was all about. I think my favourite part was the bickering between two and three. They were just so different it was interesting to see how the three people actually being the same person was handled. But the characterisation of all three was done very well. The villan and the storyline felt a little contrite but it did have some great moments. One of my favourite ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah well I must admit these classic Doctor Who stories are very addictive. They are reprints of the original Target publications from the 1970s along with a new introduction with current authors and Doctor Who aficionados who have their own recollections.
This is a perfect example - taken from classic episodes aired at the end of 1972 - this brings together the first 3 doctors to work together to deal with a problem that challenges even them. The story line is crisp and the dialogue captures the d
Julian White
A rather better retelling than some offerings - the lack of visuals works to the benefit of the story. The Brig comes over as less of a buffoon than he does on screen (although Norfolk is mentioned he doesn't insist on Cromer!) and the jelly monsters are less risible. Other aspects work better, too - Omega's stronghold is an actual castle/palace, rather than what I remember as two gates inset into a cliff; the fight with the Third Doctor is set in an arena rather than a void... (As a note, I gat ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Taksya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trasposizione letteraria di una delle avventure del Terzo Dottore, affiancato per l'occasione dalle prime due incarnazioni.
Come tutte le storie che coinvolgono i Time Lords le cose sono apparentemente ingarbugliate e la presenza di più di un Dottore mette in crisi anche lo stolido Brigadiere e i vari companion di turno... ma, come spesso capita, il Dottore aiuta se stesso nel migliore dei modi e il cattivo di turno (è uno spoiler dire che si tratta di Omega?) verrà eliminato, per il momento alme
Jon Arnold
It's impossible for me to be objective in this review. This was the first DoctorWho book I ever bought, way back at they awn of the 80s. As such it's got a special resonance for me, something that's a direct line back to childhood. And for that alone it gets five stars. Add to that the memories of seeing it as part of the Five Faces season and this is one of my favourite stories as it means so much. It helps that it's a suitably mythic story, the Doctors reuniting to battle a Time Lord legend. I ...more
Nov 04, 2008 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
The very first Doctor team up story! Very cool, love the interaction between the Doctors and especially how Doctors three and two never seem to get along.

Only gripe is Doctor number three tends to get too much time in the spotlight and the others are treated a bit like sidekicks.
I know part of this is due to William Hartnell being ill during filming of the episode, but still think the action could have been more of a fifty/fifty split between the other two.

Fun story with a cool cosmic villains a
Third Doctor, Jo, Brigadier, Benton. Brisk, a page-turner. One of the novelisations that's an improvement on the aired show, as the production capabilities of the time couldn't meet the demands of the script. Yes, the characterisation is a bit heavy-handed and a few of the really fun moments in the show either didn't translate well or aren't in the book at all, but all in all a step above. No significant additions other than vastly better special effects and set dressing (!), and the villain has ...more
Adam Graham
Jul 30, 2014 Adam Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent enough novelization of the Three Doctors story. You won't get a whole lot of new insights on the characters or what was going on from this book. What you will get if you've seen is a book that will allow you to replay this classic Doctor Who story in the theater of your own mind without having to watch a DVD or wait for a streaming video to load. It remains a classic and much beloved story with the first meeting of the Doctors and the introduction of Omega.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This is one of the novelisations that is so much better than the original that the TV version is a real disappointment - the stupid music, the lousy special effects, the clumsy resolution of the story all either absent or fixed on the printed page. It is not one of the great novelisations but it is nonetheless very enjoyable.
Douglas Jones
Dec 01, 2013 Douglas Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Doctor Who. I picked up Doctor Who: The Three Doctors yesterday (11/30/13) and only going to read a little of it, because I have seen this four part episode about a month ago and was curious how faithful this novelised adaptation would be. Have no fear, even though I new how it turns out I could not put it down. Loved it!!!
Mitchell Fobbester
Oct 15, 2013 Mitchell Fobbester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's good, doesn't add anymore to the story of the episode but you do get to use your imagination instead of the bad special effects. i was hoping for more history about Omega and his life and his imprisonment but what can you do. A little more bickering between doctors 2 and 3 would have been nice, it was great in the episode.
Parsons Parsons
Oct 11, 2012 Parsons Parsons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is story of how the Time Lords got time travel and the consequences that came upon them. Three Doctors violate the laws of time and come together to save the universe and time itself. Short fun read with insights into the early history of the Doctor and the Time Lords. Definitely worth reading and buying.
Regina Cattus
I haven't watched much of the classic Who so I wanted to get around to reading the novelisations. It was fairly interesting, with a relatively good plotline although the way the Doctor saved the day seemed a touch unbelievable and it was hard to distinguish between 'doctor' and 'doctor two' as they are only designated to be a certain doctor once.
Oct 23, 2013 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the novelization of the 10th anniversary episode of Dr. Who and it was a pretty good one. This is pretty weak adaptation though. Terrance Dicks kind of phoned in the descriptions with "blob men", etc.
Anandh Sundar
Dec 19, 2010 Anandh Sundar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books in the series. Gives a good flavour of time Lord history. When the universe is threatened by a huge black hole sucking out matter, the Doctor's 3 incarnations have to collaborate to achieve success. Awesome read
It's much the same as the TV edition. I enjoyed it as a break from the epic series I was reading. A quick light read. Love how the First Doctor sees the other two as "a clown and a dandy". Their squabbling adds humour to a good SF adventure yarn.
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Terrance Dicks is an English writer, best known for his work in television and for writing a large number of popular children's books during the 1970s and 80s.

His break in television came when his friend Malcolm Hulke asked for his help with the writing of an episode of the popular ABC (ITV) action-adventure series The Avengers, on which Dicks received a co-writer's credit on the broadcast. He als
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