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Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Doctor Who Library (Target) #81)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  336 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A twentieth anniversary special featuring the Doctor in all five of his regenerations.

Why are all five Doctors being removed from their separate time-streams? Who is the enemy they will have to unite against? What will become of the Doctors when the battle is over?

We have travelled a long way with Doctor Who. The Five Doctors gives us the chance to turn the clock back and
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 23rd 1983 by Target Books, Universal Publishing & Distributing Corporati (first published November 1983)
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1060883.html#cutid8[return][return]This one is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. It is fundamentally very nice to have the old companions back (though poor Susan is a bit underused). The Gallifreyan plotting makes very little sense, as usual, but it is tremendous fun, and one feels that Dicks was enjoying this despite the extraordinary pressure he was under to produce it. Oddly enough it is the Fifth Doctor who comes across least memorably here.
Matthew Kresal
Terrance Dicks novelizes his own story he wrote for the show's twentieth aniversery way back in 1983. While the novelization makes for a fast and easy read all told this is a fairly typical Dicks novelization with much of the usual copy and paste feel of his other novelizations in the Target Doctor Who range. There are a few intresting tidbits and occasional changes in dialouge (including a diffrent version of both the abduction of the third Doctor and yet another diffrent version of the abducti ...more
Mary Jo
Sep 29, 2010 Mary Jo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans
This is one of the novelizations of a classic Doctor Who story. Unlike some other novelizations this one doesn't go beyond what's seen on the screen, it's just a straight retelling of the story. It's a great story - I love "The Five Doctors" and I've watched it a couple of times because it's so much fun. Doctors One, Two, and Three working together is highly entertaining!! :)

In this time of having much of the classic Who back catalogue available on DVD these novels may seem silly, but they date
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Colin
Three quarters of a lifetime ago, this was one of the best books ever. While it no longer occupies such an exalted position, it has passed an hour or two of guilty enjoyment. The writing is serviceable, the plot silly in the extreme - but it's tremendous fun.
Quinton Hoover
In the mid-80's, all of the episodes albeit a few were made in to short, pocket-sized Novels. Even the TV Movie was later converted into one. The books now serve as a cheap (prices starting at $.01 per-tax) way for Classic Whovians to pass the time.

The book is very good. The only issue with it is that, because it was released along side the episode and thus was likely based on the script, all ablibs are removed. The third doctor no longer refers to the second as "scare-crow," and Susan once mor
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Travis
Not the strongest story, but the sheer fanboy joy generated by having five Doctors, ten companions, and a couple dozen monsters makes up for it.
Everybody gets something to do, there are some very clever lines and bits of Who history, plus for a change it really feels like there's an army of Cybermen wandering around.

Lots of fun if you just go with it.
Rich Meyer
A very quick Doctor Who story, this anniversary tale suffers from the fact that it's really The Four Doctors (as Tom Baker didn't really participate in it). Still, it is a fun story, especially for bringing back companions Sarah Jane Smith and the Doctor's granddaughter Susan. Good characterization makes up for a fairly transparent plot.
Daniel Kukwa
It DOES expand on the TV version...but not as successfully as it could have been. Terrance Dick's other adaptations of his own TV stories (such as Horror of Fang Rock & State of Decay) have a slight edge over this one...a novelization he SHOULD have gone to town with...yet it remains strangely unambitious.
Raj
Mar 18, 2010 Raj rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Yes, it's a Doctor Who novelisation. I found it in a charity shop for a pound and I like the story. It's fun :). Nuff said.
Leela4
Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough, second Doctor and the Brigadier, third Doctor and Sarah, et. al..
Kirk
A good tale of the previous incarnations of the Doctors.
Jacob
I recommend it for all doctor who fans
Adrian Sherlock
Hugely enjoyable fun.
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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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