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

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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

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by BBC Worldwide Publishing
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James Barnard
Jun 05, 2015 James Barnard rated it liked it
It was inevitable that at some point, the Doctor’s path would cross with Rasputin. There’s an enduring fascination with the man and his reputation, and how far his influence over the Russian royal family eroded their credibility to the extent where revolution became possible. So, he makes an appearance in a Third Doctor story, which conjures up images of epic confrontations between the two, and the seemingly inevitable revelation that this bearded master of hypnotism should turn out to be the Ma ...more
David Layton
Jan 03, 2016 David Layton rated it really liked it
A Doctor 3 historical is an interesting idea. The story for this one centers on the events surrounding Rasputin's murder. The Doctor is taking Jo and Liz for his first test run of his restored TARDIS, target Siberia 1908 to witness the Tunguska meteor. Of course, they miss, and land in St. Petersburg 1916 instead. Swiftly, our trio gets caught up in the political machinery and chicanery of the times, with secret police, British spies, plot and counterplot. It took me a little time to get into th ...more
Travis
May 18, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2014 Christian Petrie rated it really liked it
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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
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France-Andrée
The 3rd Doctor, Liz Shaw and Jo Grant visit Russia on the eve of Rasputin assassination.

On the Doctor Who level, I was a little disappointed; I don't think the author had the tone of the third Doctor right and neither Jo or Liz for that matter. I was really attracted to this story because I love the third Doctor, but this book felt like a Doctor-lite episode there were too many characters and so it turned this into a political intrigue book with a sprinkling of Doctor Who. I also think that the
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Nicholas Whyte
Sep 01, 2013 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
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http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2154103.html[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
Angela
Mar 26, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
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.
Erichyde
Sep 06, 2014 Erichyde rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 03, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
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It's not perfect...it 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
Mar 11, 2008 Vincent S rated it it was ok
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
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Third Doctor, Ra-ra-rasputin!
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McIntee has written many spin-off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, as well as one each based on Final Destination and Space: 1999. He has also written a non-fiction book on Star Trek: Voyager and one jointly on the Alien and Predator movie franchises. He has written several audio plays, and contributed to various magazines including Dreamwatch, SFX, Star Trek C ...more
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