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Doctor Who: The Wages of Sin (Past Doctor Adventures #19)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  8 reviews
From the wastes of Siberia to the intrigue of the imperial court at St. Petersberg, 1916, the Third Doctor, Jo and Liz are involved in the machinations of the mad monk Rasputin.

As history plunges onward inexorably, the Doctor's companions realize that history books can lie. But the Doctor can see the threads that hold all time together -- can he and his companions escape t

Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by BBC Worldwide Publishing
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May 18, 2008 Travis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Doctor Who historical adventures.
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Great historical adventure. Love the idea of having Liz and Jo travel with the Doctor together. Too bad they never did it on the show. I always liked it when the Doctor had two companions.
Nice, straightforward historical adventure as our heroes get mixed up in Russian politics and discover history wasn't 100% accurate about Rasputin.
Christian Petrie
The Wages of Sin is an interesting book. Within the Doctor Who book line it falls under as a historical story. Since it has been a long since reading one, this threw me off.

The story starts off shortly after the Doctor, Jo, and Liz have arrived at the wrong destination. It skips the usual arrival scene of the Doctor and his companions. Speaking of companions it is nice to see Liz back for one more adventure. From there the story has them getting involved with events leading up to Rasputin's assa...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Hurrah! Another Liz Shaw story, as the Dctor, newly freed by the Time Lords, takes her and Jo for a spin. Liz being Liz, she asks to see the Tunguska Event; the Tardis being the Tardis, they arrive instead a few years later in St Petersburg just in time to get embroiled in the assassination of Rasputin (to which I have a mild family connection). As usual, McIntee's historical research is superb and detailed, without crowding out the regul...more
The Doctor, Jo and Liz land in St. Petersburg near the time of the revolution. Jo captures Rasputin's eye and the Doctor is thought to be a spy. It's a straight forward historical adventure for the 3rd Doctor, and surprisingly it works. There's quite a few fights, and Jo proves her worth to Liz. A good read.
The Third Doctor has never gelled with me, so I went into this with some trepidation. I was very wrong about this story. I really enjoyed the moody, atmospheric storytelling and the characterizations.
Daniel Kukwa
It's not shows too many frayed threads from its original William-Hartnell-era pitch, and there's a bit of 60s-style slowness (which can be good and bad). But it remains something different and exciting, with an unexpected companion-combo, a swish & exciting (and rare) trip into the past for the 3rd Doctor, and a conclusion that speaks volumes about the Doctor's character, and his role in protecting history. It deserves more praise than it usually receives.
Vincent S
I distinctly remember reading about Rasputin having twins 16-year-old girls in his bed and his thinking that he was blessed because he hadn't violated them yet.
Simon Curtis
Third Doctor, Ra-ra-rasputin!
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