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Doctor Who: The Smugglers (Doctor Who Library (Target) #133)

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A 17th century Cornish town — villainous pirates roam the seas searching for treasure while the townspeople have turned to smuggling, wheeling and dealing in contraband.

Into this wild and remote place the TARDIS materializes and the Doctor and his companions find themselves caught up in the dubious activities of the locals.

When the Doctor is unwittingly given a clue to the
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 18th 1993 by Dr Who (first published June 1988)
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1026309.html#cutid1[return][return]A fairly standard Dicks treatment of a competent Brian Hayles script. Perhaps because this is one of the stories whose visuals are completely lost, there is much less than usual of the feeling that the author is just writing down what he is watching on the screen. The best bits all survive recognisably - Ben's disbelief that they have travelled in time, Polly's gender confusion, Polly and the Doctor appealing to magical forces, the Do ...more
Travis
Nov 04, 2008 Travis rated it really liked it
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The Doctor Who historical stories are usually fun.
This one is a suspenseful tale involving pirates, buried treasure and secret passages.
It features the first Doctor, Ben and Polly, which was a combo I always liked, but only got to experience in the books. Ben and Polly were a good couple, but never get the good PR of other companions.
This is one of Ben and Polly's first trips with the Doctor so their reaction to being the past adds a nice touch of confusion to the story.

Nothing earthshaking he
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Andy Simmons
Jun 26, 2016 Andy Simmons rated it really liked it
This is an improvement on the previous stories. The Smugglers is the first story of season 4 of Doctor Who and it finally has the Doctor was a protagonist rather than a plot device. He is joined by new companions (first introduced in The War Machines); Ben and Polly. The plot is simply enough with smugglers and pirates vying for lost treasure and The Doctor being the only one who can locate it.

A fun, easy, read.
stormhawk
May 20, 2011 stormhawk rated it liked it
This is a rollicking good time of a Doctor Who adventure, complete with pirates, and you can't go wrong with pirates!

The Doctor and his new companions, Polly and Ben, arrive in 17th Century Cornwall and get caught up in plans, intrigues, pirates, riddles, and hidden treasure, with plenty of action.
Iain Hamilton
May 09, 2013 Iain Hamilton rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. It's a good introduction to the Ben/Polly dynamic and gives a reasonable sense of expectation for the forthcoming Tenth Planet. (Also reads interestingly for anyone who has recently watched the 6th Season episode of the Who reboot (with Matt Smith's Doctor) - The Curse of the Black Spot
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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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