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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Virgin Missing Adventures #12)

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
‘There’s no such thing as magic,’ the Doctor said.

But the land of Elbyon might just prove him to be wrong. It is a place, populated by creatures of fantasy, where myth and legend rule. Elves and dwarves live in harmony with mankind, wizards wield arcane powers and armoured knights battle monstrous dragons.

Yet is seems that Elbyon has secrets to hide. The TARDIS crew find a
Paperback, 1st, 256 pages
Published July 20th 1995 by Virgin Pub (first published July 1st 1995)
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Brendon Schrodinger
The Sorceror's Apprentice is a fun and simple adventure story that should make the average Doctor Who fan content. It's not ground breaking, it doesn't over-extend itself, but it delivers.

Characterisation is great with the original TARDIS team captured to a tee. You can hear and even see their faces deliver these lines. The setting is something that could have never been achieved on TV, which is a good thing. The books should not be bound to the style of the era to that degree. Here we have a sw
Jan 17, 2016 Jay rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans
This Missing Adventure takes place very early in the Doctor's adventures - during the first season of the TV show immediately after the TARDIS crew spent time with Marco Polo. The style of the story and the characterizations are right on for this period in time and makes the story fit seamlessly into the timeline.

The Doctor and his companions discover a world right out of Tolkien or Dungeons and Dragons, with varied races, monsters and even magic! Trapped on the world by a defensive TARDIS, the
Feb 11, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it
Just a few days ago, I saw someone lamenting about the fact that Doctor Who hasn't met any dragons. Well, guess what? He did! Granted, none of the modern Doctors have met a dragon, but First Doctor does with Susan, Ian, and Barbara in this novel adventure placed between the "Marco Polo" and "The Keys of Marinus" serials.

After leaving Kublai Khan, the TARDIS ends up on a world that looks rather like medieval Earth...except a fire-breathing dragon tries to turn the Doctor and his companions into a
Jacqueline O.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is part of Virgin Publishing's Doctor Who Missing Adventures . The Missing Adventures were companion books to Virgin Publishing's The New Adventures line. Both series were published following Doctor Who being put on hiatus by the BBC in 1989. The Missing Adventures feature Doctors 1-6, and are independent novels. The New Adventures feature the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and later Bernice, in an inter-connected series.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is great fun and I really enj
Feb 17, 2012 Don rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
By no means a groundbreaking novel, yet an entertaining one that proceeds along at a cracking pace. Christopher Bulis captures the voices of all four leads perfectly (though the First Doctor is slightly more active than in the televised stories), and the mystery of the seemingly magic- and fantasy-based planet is convincingly hidden till the end. Though a mash-up between fantasy and sci-fi sounds like a terrible idea, Bulis somehow pulls it off and avoids the thudding genre clash that so often o ...more
Andy Simmons
Oct 17, 2014 Andy Simmons rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The Doctor meets a dragon! And a fire breathing one at that.

I don't want to give too many spoilers, but I'm my mind this is the perfect mix of Dr Who and the fantasy genre. It's well written, the characters appear consistent with the series and its a good story.
Christian Petrie
Jul 04, 2011 Christian Petrie rated it really liked it
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With reaching the first non-televised based story, it shows you see how Doctor Who can be done on a larger scale. The question is how good was this story?
When I first read it I thought it was okay, probably because I had different exceptions for it. Reading it again I found it to be a very enjoyable tale. The characterizations of the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan match with how this would fall within the television series. The supporting characters are well done as well.
The whole magic vs scie
Jolyon Tuck
Aug 31, 2013 Jolyon Tuck rated it really liked it
There aren't many Doctor Who stories that dabble in magic and dragons or dwarves and elves. Which is good, because they're not really the sort of books I like to read. But this takes the best TARDIS crew into a world of wonder and has a sound (and by 'sound' I mean 'magical' or 'ridiculous') scientific reason that the planet is as they find it. It's a lot of fun as Barbara gets to educate, Ian gets to fight, Susan gets captured and escapes and the Doctor gets to work everything out and pretend t ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Quite a neat story of the Doctor and companions appearing on a planet where knights, dragons, elves, dwarves and leprechauns all appear to thrive; yet at the same time they are under threat of invasion and domination by the local galactic empire. The bad guy's name is Marton Dahl, which of course must be a salute to Peter Purves' portrayal of Morton Dill in The Chase. It all tied together rather pleasingly.
Mar 11, 2014 Sebastian rated it it was ok
Shelves: dw, sci-fi, film-tv
Christopher Bulis tries to mix Doctor Who with Fantasy - something that should actually fit in quite well with early Doctor Who.
However, it doesn't work here. Maybe it's because his Avalon feels too much like a Fantasy Role Playing world. That could indeed be explained by the plot, but doesn't improve the thing.
In many places the book feels rushed as if certain elements just needed to be ticked off a list.
And at least to me, the ultimate reveal was no surprise at all.
Steven Poore
Jan 13, 2013 Steven Poore rated it really liked it
The first chronological diversion into the post-TV Virgin novels sees Christopher Bulis attempt to reconcile Doctor Who with 1st Edition D&D tropes - and rather surprisingly, it isn't a terrible car crash of an idea. In fact I rather recommend it to anyone who fancies a fun, action-packed romp through a fantasy quest. Far better than many D&D tie-in novels!

#5 in the series.
May 23, 2008 Travis rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
Clever idea and not your typical Who setting, as the first Doctor and company land on a planet where magic is real and creatures from myth roam the land.
good characterization, as the writer gives all four members of the Tardis crew something to do, but the big climatic scene was a bit of a letdown.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 22, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
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One of the most enjoyable 1st Doctor adventures. This is a mix of high fantasy, cliche-busting imagery & SF geekiness that Doctor Who does very well. Add in the Hartnell Doctor at his heroic & irrascible best, and the end result is a VERY fun read.
Simon Curtis
Feb 24, 2010 Simon Curtis rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Another great First Doctor Missing Adventure - it seems it's quite hard to get him wrong.
Oct 08, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Doctor Who fans
Recommended to Mike by: Steve Johnson
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Awesome for Whovians (Doctor Who fans)! It's even mentioned in the show
Jan 13, 2013 Matthew rated it it was ok
Not that great
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Christopher Bulis is a writer best known for his work on various Doctor Who spin-offs. He is one of the most prolific authors to write for the various ranges of spin-offs from the BBC Television series Doctor Who, with twelve novels to his name, and between 1993 and 2000 he had at least one Doctor Who novel published every year.

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