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Doctor Who: Mission to Magnus (Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes #3)

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This story was scheduled to be produced in 1985 when the programme was suddenly placed on an unexpected hiatus by the BBC. It takes place in the "missing season" between Revelation of the Daleks and The Trial of a Time Lord.

'Did I hear "Doctor"? Is it the Doctor I have drawn to me?' The laugh became more strident, forcing the Doctor to thrust his fingers into his ears in p
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 28th 1990 by Target Books (first published August 1990)
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James Bowman
Sep 04, 2015 James Bowman rated it it was ok
The seeds of an interesting story are here - a Time Lord who used to be the Doctor's class bully (to whom the Doctor reacts completely uncharacteristically), a female-dominated planet at war with a male-dominated planet, Sil, and the Ice Warriors - but they utterly fail to come together into a solid plot. (One suspects the broadcast version would have been much more coherent, but we'll never know.) Despite that, the overall story has an odd charm. So while I definitely can't recommend it for qua ...more
Steve's All things Doctor Who
A hit and miss missing story that features Colin Baker's Doctor.. the only thing that's worth reading in this is Sil who has some really good dialogue but all the other including the Ice warriors are totally forgettable, I'm a big fan Colin baker's Doctor but in this he seems like he is Twin Dilemma hiding behind Peri when an old school bully turns up.... but worth the read.....
Sarah Crawford
Jan 25, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it liked it
This is one of the 'missing episodes' series of books, an story that is not based on an actual episode. It's about the Doctor and Peri landing on a planet ruled by women. All the males on the planet are subservient to the women.

There's also another time lord there, and both he and the Doctor are captured by the women who want to learn how to use the Tardis in order to deal with a threat to their planet from the men from a nearby planet. What they don't know is that Martian Ice Warriors are on t
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]It will be interesting to see what Big Finish manages to make of this story, because on the page it is a confused and confusing mess. We start with the Doctor being uncharacteristically terrified by a fellow Time Lord, who we are told was the class bully in Gallifrey, and who is in any case dispatched before we are a third of the way through. We have a planet populated by women and boys, all the men having died off, but not much is ...more
Adam James
May 26, 2016 Adam James rated it liked it
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If Mission to Magnus had ever been made, it would be considered the greatest Sixth Doctor episode.

Now, that's not to say that it's a good story. Mission to Magnus is a pretty ridiculous story that fits right in with mid-80's era of Doctor Who. Literally with 3 pages left in the book with guns pointed at the Doctor and his companions, the Ice Warriors collapse. And die. And then the book ends. You can almost envision the hastily made sets with clunky Troughton era Ice Warriors gingerly "falling"
Nov 16, 2008 Travis rated it liked it
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This story is from the 'missing season' of Doctor Who, when the show was on hiatus and almost cancelled. None of the stories were wonderful, but had acquired a bit of a mystique as fans pondered 'what might have been'.

Like with so many sixth Doctor stories there are good ideas here that don't quite work as a whole.
The Doctor encountering an old bully from his school days was amusing, and you could see Colin Baker having a field day with it, but pointless.
Teaming up two monsters was very cool,
David Layton
Jan 04, 2016 David Layton rated it it was ok
What was to have been the sequel to the excellent Vengeance on Varos never got made for TV. So, this novelization came out. Since it was part of the Target line, it had to be kept simple for the young audience. The story itself is nothing like the gritty "Vengeance." Instead it is rather a farce with The Doctor as the former victim of a Time Lord school bully now being scared of the same bully and trying to hide much of the time. In typical camp fashion, the plot is basically "boys vs. girls," t ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 12, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it did not like it
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Thank god this pile of steaming rubbish didn't reach our TV screens. That an author like Philip Martin -- who could produce satisfying mind-candy like "Vengeance on Varos" and "Mindwarp" -- manages to turn out a story like THIS is inconceivable. This is terrible: full of nothing but cliches and embarrassment. Avoid at all costs.
Dec 18, 2013 Martin rated it liked it
Based on a "Doctor Who" script that was never produced, and featuring two of my favourite villains - Sil and the Ice Warriors. Unfortunately, as other reviewers have noted, although this story contains some interesting ideas they just don't seem to add up to a satisfying whole.
Christopher Buchanan
Were it not for the very out of character bully scenes with the Doctor and a few too many cheesy tropes and cliches, it might have been passable. Over-all though, pretty regrettable.
David Nadolny
Aug 13, 2014 David Nadolny rated it really liked it
Ice Giants, a valkyrie race and a misoginistic race, what's not to like?

These old Dr Who books are short and wonderfully campy.
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