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Doctor Who and the Crusaders (Doctor Who Library (Target) #12)

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Arriving in the Holy Land in the middle of the Third Crusade, the Doctor and his companions run straight into trouble. The Doctor and Vicki befriend Richard the Lionheart, but must survive the cut-throat politics of the English court. Even with the king on their side, they find they have made powerful enemies.

Looking for Barbara, Ian is ambushed - staked out in the sand an
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by BBC Books (first published September 1965)
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Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, 2011
In the early development of the world's longest running Sci-fi tv series the producers set out to educate as well as entertain. So every so often the monsters and alien planets made way for a purely Terran historic story that usually involved the Doctor and crew getting separated from the Tardis early on, followed by a tricky entanglement in established history. The BBC excelled at this sort of thing. Unfortunately most kids preferred the weird worlds, ray guns and Daleks to Marco Polo, The Azte ...more
Oct 10, 2012 added it
Shelves: own, sci-fi, fiction
I was hoping to read about one of the lost Doctor Who stories by reading this book. I love Hartnell and I love when Doctor Who goes back in time so I was excited to start it.

I hadn't gotten very far into the book when I got very sick with bacterial meningitis and ended up in a coma in the hospital. My aunt came to stay with me and found this book on my bedside table at home, so she brought it to the hospital to read to me.

I can remember her reading sections of the book to me after I woke up fro
This was another wonderful historical for the team of the first Doctor, Ian and Barbara. After reading the "modern" novelisation of the first Doctor it was so much better to go back and read one of his actual adventures. To be fair though this was really an Ian and Barbara adventure rather than a Doctor who adventure. The Doctor and Vicki had very minor roles and mostly it was Ian and Barbara (who were in LOVE!) who had most of the action and adventures. What was great about this was that they p ...more
A Bald Mage** Steve
Good old fashion writing on an excellent Dr Who story love me my historical stories something they neglect on the new series..... 6.5/10
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was kind of a boring episode. The Doctor didn't even do anything. Most of the action came from Ian and Barbara. I'm also getting a little sick of how all Barbara seems to be is a pretty face and a damsel in distress. It seems all the episodes are centered around rescuing her.
Leuk boek. Een echt eerste Doctor Who.
Hiram Lester
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Doctor Who and the Crusaders is the novelization of the Hartnell story, The Crusade, a story which is partially missing. This is the last of the original three pre-Target novelizations which also included Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks (later renamed to Doctor Who and the Daleks) and Doctor Who and the Zarbi .

I fairly recently watched the serial The Crusade, so I was able to compare it somewhat with this novelization, which was written by David Whitaker who also wrote the
Не самый любимый сюжет в арсенале Первого Доктора, я все-таки предпочитаю инопланетные угрозы, а не попытки вмешаться в ход истории нашей многострадальной планеты. Марко Поло и ацтеки ввели меня в состояние транса – это как запихнуть в рот водоросли и старательно их пережевывать, – а тут и Ричард Львиное Сердце со своими крестоносцами подоспел.

К сожалению, исторические фигуры в раннем Докторе выглядят глуповатыми картонками. После того, как Доктор со своими компаньонами в очередной раз обводит в
Nicholas Whyte[return]Doctor Who and the Crusaders is the only one of the 1960s Who novels to have been drawn from a four-part rather than seven-part story, and Whitaker makes full use of the extra space this gives him to expand on his own original material. His opening paragraph is pretty memorable:[return][return]As swiftly and as silently as a shadow, Doctor Who s Space and Time ship, Tardis, appeared on a succession of planets each as different as the pebbles on a b ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a really enjoyable book.
A the information at the back of the book states, it does differ in many mays from the televised version, and was also one of the first three Doctor Who novels ever published.
So what makes it so good? Well, the first thing is that, apart from our lead characters and their method of transport, this is not a Science Fiction story at all. Once the characters are enmeshed in events, there are no gimmicks to help them out. It is a story about how the character deal w
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David Whitaker was an English screenwriter and novelist best known for his work in the early days of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. He served as the series' first story editor working on the programme's first fifty one episodes in this capacity.
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