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Doctor Who And The Crusaders (Doctor Who Library (Target) #12)

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Arriving in the Holy Land in the middle of the Third Crusade, the Doctor and his companions run straight into trouble. The Doctor and Vicki befriend Richard the Lionheart, but must survive the cut-throat politics of the English court. Even with the king on their side, they find they have made powerful enemies.



Looking for Barbara, Ian is ambushed - staked out in the sand a

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Paperback, 162 pages
Published May 12th 1983 by Target Books, W.H. Allen (first published September 1965)
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Michael
In the early development of the world's longest running Sci-fi tv series the producers set out to educate as well as entertain. So every so often the monsters and alien planets made way for a purely Terran historic story that usually involved the Doctor and crew getting separated from the Tardis early on, followed by a tricky entanglement in established history. The BBC excelled at this sort of thing. Unfortunately most kids preferred the weird worlds, ray guns and Daleks to Marco Polo, The Azte...more
annik
Не самый любимый сюжет в арсенале Первого Доктора, я все-таки предпочитаю инопланетные угрозы, а не попытки вмешаться в ход истории нашей многострадальной планеты. Марко Поло и ацтеки ввели меня в состояние транса – это как запихнуть в рот водоросли и старательно их пережевывать, – а тут и Ричард Львиное Сердце со своими крестоносцами подоспел.

К сожалению, исторические фигуры в раннем Докторе выглядят глуповатыми картонками. После того, как Доктор со своими компаньонами в очередной раз обводит в...more
Avril
The second of the printed Target novelisations that I've read - and I can understand their popularity, especially given that the books provided a chance to revisit episodes on those far-off days before videos and DVDs. Well-written, adapted by the author of the television episodes, with no budget or special effects' limitations, this is a very good children's book.

It does have a little more romance than the television programme: 'Barbara looked across at Ian, stretched out a hand and held his. A...more
Reuben Herfindahl
Not sure how I'd missed reading this one before. In my head I thought I'd read it, but this was definitely a new one and not a re-read. For some odd reason (maybe because the recovery of "The Lion" was the first lost episode that was recovered in the internet era) I've probably watched/listened to this episode more than almost any other first Doctor story.

The differs some but is a fun fast read, and is charming for some of it's anacronisms (you can tell it was written in the mid 60's).

My only c...more
Andrew
This is a really enjoyable book.
A the information at the back of the book states, it does differ in many mays from the televised version, and was also one of the first three Doctor Who novels ever published.
So what makes it so good? Well, the first thing is that, apart from our lead characters and their method of transport, this is not a Science Fiction story at all. Once the characters are enmeshed in events, there are no gimmicks to help them out. It is a story about how the character deal w...more
Exidor B. Goode
The third and last original novelization from the 60s (Target wouldn’t start creating new ones until the 70s) and originally illustrated, to boot. The Crusaders has the feel of the possibility of a movie being made from it (such as with The Daleks, and The Dalek Invasion of Earth). Consequently, it is slightly more dramatized than later novelizations and plays on Ian’s heroics and the possibility of a romance between him and Barbara. It’s a good story though, well written, and leaves you wanting...more
Hiram Lester
Doctor Who and the Crusaders is the novelization of the Hartnell story, The Crusade, a story which is partially missing. This is the last of the original three pre-Target novelizations which also included Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks (later renamed to Doctor Who and the Daleks) and Doctor Who and the Zarbi .

I fairly recently watched the serial The Crusade, so I was able to compare it somewhat with this novelization, which was written by David Whitaker who also wrote the n...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1022168.ht...[return]Doctor Who and the Crusaders is the only one of the 1960s Who novels to have been drawn from a four-part rather than seven-part story, and Whitaker makes full use of the extra space this gives him to expand on his own original material. His opening paragraph is pretty memorable:[return][return]As swiftly and as silently as a shadow, Doctor Who� s Space and Time ship, Tardis, appeared on a succession of planets each as different as the pebbles on a...more
Leilani
Listened to the audiobook version read by William Russell, who played Ian Chesterton on the show. His reading added a lot to the story, with excellent characterizations and an overall liveliness. The last track with his reflections on the characters and the difference in the adaptation was a nice bonus.

The story itself was an entertaining adventure, naturally rife with anachronisms, in which our Manly Hero Ian rescues Intelligent Brave Damsel in Distress Barbara from a terrible fate, and the Doc...more
Leah
The doctor who books go to a way darker place then I have seen on the episodes. I guess book format lends itself better to that then the 60's television format. The author can go deeper into it, go into the mind of the character and create a better understanding of the dangers the characters face. It was quite a departure from the TV episodes. Of course, it still has the campy ending where everything that happened washes away as soon as they step into the TARDIS. I guess there is no excaping tha...more
Pam
I was hoping to read about one of the lost Doctor Who stories by reading this book. I love Hartnell and I love when Doctor Who goes back in time so I was excited to start it.

I hadn't gotten very far into the book when I got very sick with bacterial meningitis and ended up in a coma in the hospital. My aunt came to stay with me and found this book on my bedside table at home, so she brought it to the hospital to read to me.

I can remember her reading sections of the book to me after I woke up fro...more
Iain
The interesting intro tells us that Doctor Who was originally created as an educational series for children that wouldn't let them realise they were being educated. As such, they would alternate one sci-fi story with a historically-based one.

Crusaders was, obviously, one of these history lessons and it makes for a very good story. The Doctor barely plays a part in in, the majority being focussed on two of his companions and the people of the era. It's a right swords and sandals epic set around J...more
Adam Stone
Doctor Who and the Crusaders is a novelisation of the four-part Doctor Who story broadcast in 1965 featuring Julian Glover as Richard the Lionheart also known as the story where Ian is proclaimed a Knight of Jaffa.

The novelisation is written by David Whitaker who wrote the television story and this is a much richer version of the story than what we saw on screen; there is more violence and the story is also more adult in tone.

Written by an author steeped in that particular era of the show the ch...more
Angela
Quite a good novel in it's own right, although it would of course help to have previous knowledge of Doctor Who. Good characterisation, and depth of plot.
Anna-Marie
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Samuel
Listened to the CD version read by William Russell. This is from the time period in the 1960's when Doctor Who's production team was commanded by the execs to focus more on historical pieces and lessons. This was the typical...split everyone up and get them captured plot...so the Doctor can maneuver events by impersonating historical figures and subsequently save them. Kept my interest and was fun...although, I do prefer the scifi/monster stories more.
Travis
The old Doctor Who historical stories were fun. Too bad they stopped doing them on the show, They should try and do some on the new series.

This book has the First Doctor and company caught up in the events of the Crusades and of course, meeting King Richard.

Not sure how historically accurate these stories were, but they make for a decent read and might have even helped to get a couple kids interested in history. Never a bad thing.


Scott James
My reaction to this book may be colored somewhat by the dismal failure of the previous novelization, but the crusaders was a really good read.

Since the original serial is lost to time, this book was my first exposure to the story, and I wish I'd been able to watch it with my own eyes. But Whitaker's serve us well in this retelling, and as such we can all enjoy a story that otherwise would be gone forever.

Adam
The second Doctor Who novelisation to be written by David Whitaker (the first was Doctor Who and the Daleks). Unlike the first, this feels a more rounded work, and one in which Whitaker turns a script into a novel in its own right. It also shows that Doctor Who was originally planed as a program to teach about science and history.
Jeff Vass
This was written by David Whitaker and it is a very good read as a novel; surprisingly good characterizations and (for a book with ages 12-15 printed on the cover) some adult themes.
Daniel Kukwa
One of the most richly told and historically brilliant stories in Doctor Who...and novelized to the power of 10! Aside from being the series' first script editor and guiding hand for new authors...THIS book is David Whitaker's greatest contribution to the show he helped nurture.
Mandy
Beautifully written, but tremendously boring. Sorry. I skipped great passages, marvelling at how well-written the introduction and the ending were, but despairing at how pointlessly interminable the rest of it was. Reading others' opinions, it appears I'm in something of a minority.
Iain Hamilton
Last of the original three Target Novelizations. Nothing wrong with the writing and the story is well regarded but I can't help feeling something is wrong. Ah, I know, there's no plot.

That said two of four the episodes are missing so don't miss this.
Valerie
The prologues to these novelizations are often intrusive and extraneous. The books themselves vary widely in quality(meaning language, etc--most editions I've seen are ordinary paperbacks, physically)--this is one of the better ones.
stormhawk
Doctor Who and the Crusaders is an expected tale of knights and chivalry, King Richard the Lionhearted, an evil emir, captive harem girls, and adventure.

I'm sorry to spoil it for you, but Vicki doesn't scream.
Tom Holme
Trying to catch up on all the lost/incomplete episodes of Doctor Who. This was my first stop.

If you aren't a fan AND a completist like me, you may want to avoid it as it's just pulpy fun.
Angelique Minnaar
I enjoyed the story although very different from the modern Dr Who series that I started with. This first Dr is a little boring, & the story revolves more around his companions.
Mary
Good book loved the medieval and king Richard the lion heart reference and learning a bit about the crusades one of my favorite old Doctor who books so far
Jonathan Oliver
Captures that era of Who very well, and is also pretty well written. Didn't blow me away, but I had a pleasant enough time with it.
Steve
Fantastic! Another gripping historical from early Who.
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David Whitaker was an English screenwriter and novelist best known for his work in the early days of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. He served as the series' first story editor working on the programme's first fifty one episodes in this capacity.
More about David Whitaker...
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