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Doctor Who: The Witch Hunters (Past Doctor Adventures #9)

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The Reverend Samuel Parris, Minister of Salem, follows three strangers in the forest beyond the village - a forest which is traditionally believed to be the source of much evil. He hears movement through the trees, steps forward and makes a terrible discovery. It is one which will change life in Salem forever.

The TARDIS arrives in Salem Village, Massachusetts, 1692. The Do
Mass Market Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 2nd 1998 by BBC
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"I can't shake off the idea that we're going to wind up separated from the Tardis and in some sort of trouble."

Barbara grinned and linked her arm around Ian's. "So business as usual, then?"

Ian laughed. "Business as usual, I suppose."

When the Doctor and his granddaughter Susan take Barbara and Ian to Salem in the 1600's, they quickly find things spiraling out of control. Despite the Doctor's explicit warnings, Susan feels compelled to try and save a woman who is sentenced to die from witchcraft.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The First Doctor seems to be the hardest for modern writers to characterize correctly, but Steve Lyons gets it right. I've been re-watching all my First Doctor serials for the first time in a long while recently, and I have to say that I could hear William Hartnell's voice as I read Lyons' dialogue for him. In addition, Susan, Ian, and Barbara were all written with their voices in tact as well. I would even go so far as to say that this particular story could just as easily have been an episode ...more
Alan Garbett
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Books involving the Daleks aside, this is the best Doctor Who book I've read to date. Brilliantly written and pretty brutal and dark for a Doctor Who book. A real treat.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the best Doctor Who novel I've read, though, admittedly, I've not read that many. But first and foremost, it captures the 1st Doctor and his first companions completely -- I could just picture this in black and white, with the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan. I also love this as a pure history -- no aliens, etc., just the ugliness of seventeenth century America humans. There are some bits wherein it's difficult to follow the time stream of the story, this is not necessary told li ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too often, Doctor Who books revolve around impossible "science" or monsters, and it's easy to forget that when the show premiered in 1963 that it was supposed to be a history show for children, or at least, for families. This novel, originally published in the 90s, when the show was at its greatest ebb, is poignant and sad and really, just a historical fiction re-telling of the 1692 Salem hysteria with Susan, Ian and Barbara dropped in as the reader's perspective and the Doctor himself as a deus ...more
Stephen Osborne
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it
While I found the book well written and well researched, I was strangely uninvolved. There were certainly some very interesting moments, but to my mind there were just as many dull spots. Lyons certainly evoked the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who.
Wayne Styles
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow !!! I am not the slightest bit hesitant to rate it a full 5 out of 5. My attention span in Doctor Who books can vary, if I am not gripped by halfway I lose interest. Well, this is one of those rare books that did it from the start - and then continually got better and better.
I started reading it at 4.30pm on Saturday, finished it at 2.00pm on the Sunday, yes the very next day :-) It helped that I saw 1 documentary on You Tube about the Hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials and read Wikipedia's
Christopher Buchanan
They do a great job of picking out some of the better old stories for the audio books. This one is a first Doctor historical and I absolutely love. It's very light on action but very heavy on character. The story reveals an inexperienced Doctor who still has doubts about meddling with established history and even a morbid determination to defend it. It's hard to go into details without getting spoilery but the story raises the question of how much of the established history is the way it is beca ...more
Jolyon Tuck
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Characterisation of the regulars was lovely, but there was a little bit too much control of the time machine for the plot to fit into the gap between the first two seasons. The historical side of the adventure is all very thorough, but I'm not a fan of the idea of the Doctor taking a person to see a play of their own death to prove their death meant something. Susan's journey was great, Ian's horrible and Barbara's sensible enough. Only the Doctor seemed contextually misplaced.
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Steve Lyons is a science fiction writer, best known for writing television tie-ins of Doctor Who for BBC Books, and previously, Virgin. The earliest of these was Conundrum in 1994, and his most recent was 2005's The Stealers of Dreams. He has also written material for Star Trek tie-ins, as well as original work.
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