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The Spear of Destiny

(Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #3)

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The Third Doctor and Jo Grant are trying to track down the magical spear of Odin when they find themselves caught up in a vicious battle between two Viking tribes. But one of the Vikings is even more dangerous than he appears to be. Can the Doctor stop the spear getting into the wrong hands before it’s too late?

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Kindle Edition, 55 pages
Published March 23rd 2013 by Puffin
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Richard Wright
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
What this tiny celebration of the third era of Doctor Who does well lies in its tick box referencing of the tropes that defined the Pertwee years. The characters are simply drawn but instantly recognisable, particularly Pertwee's Doctor. The Brigadier and UNIT flash by in the background, Bessie makes an appearance, the Master strokes his beard and cackles - if you know the show, you'll feel that all is present and correct. Where the story falters in its brevity. There are a lot of potentially in ...more
Alejandro
This is the third short story in the 50th Anniversary event, presenting 11 stories, each with a different doctor. This is the turn of the Third Doctor. His companion in the adventure is Jo Grant. Also, there is a brief cameo of the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, but since he is not a "companion" per se but more as an "ally" of the Doctor. There isn't problem in the apparent "rule" in this short story event of using just one companion per doctor.

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Brooklyn Tayla
I really enjoyed this one. It featured the Third Doctor and Jo on a quest to track down the magical spear of Odin. Written really well and I enjoyed the Vikings being woven through the tale.
F.R.
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Jon Pertwee is possibly my favourite Doctor. There, I’ve said it. Okay, I could do without the Venusian karate and some of the plots are baggy and Jo Grant – although cute – asks us to believe that The Doctor would be happy with a simpleton for a companion. But I do like the love of science, the heart on the sleeve compassion and the derring-do nature of this incarnation. As for the oft criticised high-handedness, well, surely a highly advanced alien creature would be a bit supercilious if trapp ...more
B Schrodinger
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
The Third Doctor short fiction this month was an enjoyable but simple romp featuring Jo and UNIT. Although the plot was simple, it read awfully like an old Terrance Dicks novelisation and felt like it was a product of that era. There is a bit of action, a maystery, Jo getting into trouble and a surprise guest,who does fit into the story and era quite well.
Possibly on par with the quality of the Second Doctor story. A great little distraction on a Sunday morning.
Agnes
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Doctor Who, Vikings, Norse gods, just cant be better then this. Excelent short story.
Adam Stone
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Spear of Destiny is a third Doctor adventure. This is easily the best of the e-book series so far as it fits into its era seamlessly, which is always what I am looking for in a Doctor Who story, and the depiction of the regulars from the era that it is set are pitch perfect and, to use an oft used phrase, you can imagine Pertwee and Manning speaking the lines.

It is set after The Three Doctors, as the Doctor is now able to freely travel in the TARDIS, and features the Doctor on a mission for
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Kribu
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, this was fun. My one and only gripe about this was that it was so short!

Yes, I know, these stories all are, and they're supposed to be, but... I'd have loved for this particular one to be longer. Especially as it felt a little bit unbalanced, as if setting up the story (as well as explaining this incarnation of the Doctor and his circumstances to new/young readers not familiar with him) took up considerably more time - and was actually more detailed and more satisfying, in a way - than the end
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Leilani
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tie-in
Perfectly captures the personalities of the Third Doctor and Jo, and manages to be feel like a typical story of the period and still be a bit surprising. The writing is strong and even - overall the best short Who story I've read so far, and I'm glad they did so well by one of my favorite Doctors.
Myrthe
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
3,5*
I've never seen an episode with this Doctor, so I think I missed quite a few references. However, I still enjoyed this and it's about Norwegian gods so that's awesome.
Jules (Never enough time to read)
Meh, it was just another ok story.
Monique Hausser
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
As each story goes so far, they seem to get better and better which is great standards as The First Doctor failed. And so Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor, stars in this and I daresay I do like him as The Doctor. Once again, the perspective is mainly though his companion, Jo, which once again works well as us readers need to read a voice that asks the questions for us.

The structure was also quite good as they were very short chapters. This allows for a longer yet quick story but a lot more events
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Ben Truong
The Spear of Destiny is a short story written by Marcus Sedgwick and is a part of the year-long celebration for the fiftieth anniversary for Doctor Who (2013). This short story is the third installment of what would eventually be twelve parts – one for each Doctor. The Spear of Destiny focuses on the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee).

This short story was written really well. I really enjoyed this installment for the series, it was a lot funnier than expect, but it worked rather well for the story. I like th
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Ilse
This was definitely more interesting then the first two,
I liked the origin story of Norse Mythology according to doctor who it was really interesting and a fun twist on it.
To be honest I didn't see the I guess sort of twist coming which was fun.
Wasn't very sure what to think of the whole spear that was used on Jesus part but I suppose they needed a plot.
Angela
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, childrens
The Doctor and Jo are sent by the Time Lords to retrieve a spear. They end up going to Viking times. This is a fun short story that feels like one of the traditional stories of that time. The Master turns up, the Brigadier features and there's lots of action. The idea could have worked better in a longer book though. A good read.
Cameron
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For something that is only 86 pages, I was surprised at how many plot elements it managed to encapsulate. It made the story very exciting and bigger than it actually was. A nice little read for the day.
Ronald Schoedel
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
All good fun, though it would have been nice to get more background on some of the exiting background details. Of course I realise that’s not possible in a short like this. It’d be fun to see this one fleshed out into a full novel.
Jenny
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Norse mythology mixed with Doctor Who? Oh yes, it does work just brilliantly. Even more fun if you have read some of the old Norse myths.
Savitha Bhallamudi
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the way the story has been intertwined with Norse Mythology. It kept me interested and curious throughout.
Galy
Another short story from the 50th Anniversary Collection. I enjoyed it. I read it pretty quickly.
I was pleasantly surprised to read about another well-known character in this story.
Mallory
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this little book. I was cute, and the villain!! Great!
Ruth
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
The third entry in Puffin's yearlong series of short stories celebrating Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary has introduced me to yet another author whose work I am determined to explore further after trying this sample. Marcus Sedgwick, author of the Raven Mysteries, was tasked with bringing the third incarnation of the Doctor to life, as played by John Pertwee for most of the 1970s. While I am only passingly familiar with Pertwee's Doctor, based on appearances alone I've always suspected he was ...more
Isabella
If the previous story had some elements that reminded me of Thor 2, this story is pretty much FOCUSED on Norse Mythology. Can I hear a "FUCK YEAH"????????



In this review, I have only compliments to give. Which was surprising, considering that I'm not familiar with the 3rd Doctor either and I'm still kinda skeptical about the other Doctors up til 8th. Plus, I had never read a Marcus Sedgwick story before, but I gotta say: if all his stuff is like t
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Jacqueline O.
Doctor Who - The Spear of Destiny is another book in the 50th Anniversary collection of mini-books, one for each Doctor. This one features the Third Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee, and his companion Jo Grant, as played by Katy Manning. The story opens with The Doctor taking Jo to a museum. But it turns out he is basically "casing the joint" so to speak. As he explains to Jo, he needs to steal a spear on display because it is a Physical Temporal Nexus (PTN), a very dangerous and rare artifact that the Time Lords ...more
Hot Cute Girly Geek
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Trae Stratton
Though I think the E-book a month starring the Doctor in each of his incarnations is a great way to celebrate Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary, I feel that this particular story suffers from what I am officially dubbing Fixed Point Phobia. The Spear of Destiny nails the third Doctor's quirks perfectly and fits seemlessly into his canon/catalogue. Now, depending on your point of view that's either great nostalgia, or tired storytelling. I have to tell you, I'm tired. The Doctor's present is not the ...more
Andy Hickman
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Marcus Sedgwick, “THE SPEAR OF DESTINY” (published March 23rd 2013) starring Three (Jon Pertwee).
Interesting journey from a museum to an ancient mythical viking encounter. ****

“'Sub-machine guns? That's taking museum curation a bit too far, don't you think?'”

“Yes. You see, the whole nature, shape and even the modern blue pigment of the TARDIS is so deeply unfamiliar to the primitive mind that, although the optic nerve registers its presence, the brain cannot decode
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Gary Roskell
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a solid, although not sparkling, entry into this 50th anniversary series. Marcus Sedgwick captures the characterisation well. The Third Doctor is just right, and is surrounded by everything you'd expect from tales of this era - Jo Grant, the Brig, Bessie - all spot on, if a little underused.

It all starts so well. The Time Lords alert the Doctor to another mission, Earthbound as all the best Pertwee adventures were, and he is soon able to channel the action hero he was so fond of. Strang
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Karl Orbell
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Doctor Who, in the form of Jon Pertwee, embeds itself squarely in the origins of Norse Mythology. Another short story in the anniversary series.

So, does it work? Of course it does... Worzel Gummidge as the Doctor, with Odin, Thor and Frey as characters, how could it fail?

It reminds me a little of the Philip Reeve book Here Lies Arthur in that it is a "realistic" retelling of the origins of a mythology. Like that book, this one does a very convincing job of it, even with the added fi
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Jax Holt
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
This is book 3 in Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, this is called The Spear of Destiny. It is written by Marcus Sedgwick. This E-Short features the Third Doctor and hit companion Jo Grant. It also features a minor appearance of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. It also has a surprise appearance of the Master.

This E-Short is about the Third Doctor and Jo Grant and how they have to steal the Gungnir from a museum but fail to steal it due to it being guarded too well. The Third Doctor
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Heart of Another" ...more

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“Yes. You see, the whole nature, shape and even the modern blue pigment of the TARDIS is so deeply unfamiliar to the primitive mind that, although the optic nerve registers its presence, the brain cannot decode what it is seeing. The primitive visual cortex is unable to relay information about it consciously to the viewer. In effect, even though her chameleon circuit is still damaged, she’s as good as invisible. She’ll be just fine.” 3 likes
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