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Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Doctor Who Library (Target) #81)

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A twentieth anniversary special featuring the Doctor in all five of his regenerations.

Why are all five Doctors being removed from their separate time-streams? Who is the enemy they will have to unite against? What will become of the Doctors when the battle is over?

We have travelled a long way with Doctor Who. The Five Doctors gives us the chance to turn the clock back and
Mass Market Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 23rd 1983 by Target (first published November 1983)
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The Five Doctors is a Doctor Who movie special that aired in 1983. I have never seen the movie, but when I saw this audiobook from the novelization, I just had to listen to it! Jon Culshaw narrates perfectly! I had so much fun listening to his performance!

The five doctors and several companions are kidnapped from their different times and all (well with the exception of the 4th doctor who is stuck in a time anomaly. This is because Tom Baker declined to be in the movie, and they used scenes fro
The first (of many) books I purchased from the Target line of adaptations still holds a special little nostalgic place in my heart. Curious about the history of the series, I figured "The Five Doctors" would be a good point to get an overview and catch-up course on the twenty plus years of history surrounding Doctor Who. Picking up the shiny silver cover, I quickly took it home and consumed it. It more than satisfied my itch and was the seed from which a huge collection of Target novels grew.

Mary Jo
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans
This is one of the novelizations of a classic Doctor Who story. Unlike some other novelizations this one doesn't go beyond what's seen on the screen, it's just a straight retelling of the story. It's a great story - I love "The Five Doctors" and I've watched it a couple of times because it's so much fun. Doctors One, Two, and Three working together is highly entertaining!! :)

In this time of having much of the classic Who back catalogue available on DVD these novels may seem silly, but they date
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This one is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. It is fundamentally very nice to have the old companions back (though poor Susan is a bit underused). The Gallifreyan plotting makes very little sense, as usual, but it is tremendous fun, and one feels that Dicks was enjoying this despite the extraordinary pressure he was under to produce it. Oddly enough it is the Fifth Doctor who comes across least memorably here.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
A surprisingly very thin and light read for the momentous occasion of recognising the show's 20th anniversary. It featured the first five doctors' and its good that not a single iteration dominated the story.

The Master in book appeared to me as a more convincing baddie than the newer ones which appeared in the reboot.

All in all, i think three stars is a fair mark. Good, but not great.
Gabriel Mero
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite classic Who story. Not only do we get 5 Doctors, we also get Susan, the Brigadier, Sarah Jane, Romana II, Tegan, and Turlough, as well as cameos by Liz Shaw and Mike Yates. I can't wait to watch this episode.
Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Terrance Dicks novelizes his own story he wrote for the show's twentieth aniversery way back in 1983. While the novelization makes for a fast and easy read all told this is a fairly typical Dicks novelization with much of the usual copy and paste feel of his other novelizations in the Target Doctor Who range. There are a few intresting tidbits and occasional changes in dialouge (including a diffrent version of both the abduction of the third Doctor and yet another diffrent version of the abducti ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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In the mid-80's, all of the episodes albeit a few were made in to short, pocket-sized Novels. Even the TV Movie was later converted into one. The books now serve as a cheap (prices starting at $.01 per-tax) way for Classic Whovians to pass the time.

The book is very good. The only issue with it is that, because it was released along side the episode and thus was likely based on the script, all ablibs are removed. The third doctor no longer refers to the second as "scare-crow," and Susan once mor
Kristina Brown
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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This is a fairly standard novelization. There are the usual minor changes, some of which work (The Master is no longer knocked out by a single blow) and some of which don't (Doctor One doesn't need to ask which regeneration Doctor Three is).
There is very little added explanation - an attempt to explain the application of Pi which helps it make a bit more sense, a bit of chat from the companions etc but it's missing some of the bickering between Two and Three.
Overall alright but not brilliant.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Not the strongest story, but the sheer fanboy joy generated by having five Doctors, ten companions, and a couple dozen monsters makes up for it.
Everybody gets something to do, there are some very clever lines and bits of Who history, plus for a change it really feels like there's an army of Cybermen wandering around.

Lots of fun if you just go with it.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
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It DOES expand on the TV version...but not as successfully as it could have been. Terrance Dick's other adaptations of his own TV stories (such as Horror of Fang Rock & State of Decay) have a slight edge over this one...a novelization he SHOULD have gone to town with...yet it remains strangely unambitious.
Rich Meyer
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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A very quick Doctor Who story, this anniversary tale suffers from the fact that it's really The Four Doctors (as Tom Baker didn't really participate in it). Still, it is a fun story, especially for bringing back companions Sarah Jane Smith and the Doctor's granddaughter Susan. Good characterization makes up for a fairly transparent plot.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Three quarters of a lifetime ago, this was one of the best books ever. While it no longer occupies such an exalted position, it has passed an hour or two of guilty enjoyment. The writing is serviceable, the plot silly in the extreme - but it's tremendous fun.
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I recommend it for all doctor who fans
Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough, second Doctor and the Brigadier, third Doctor and Sarah, et. al..
Mar 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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Yes, it's a Doctor Who novelisation. I found it in a charity shop for a pound and I like the story. It's fun :). Nuff said.
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good tale of the previous incarnations of the Doctors.
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Terrance Dicks is an English writer, best known for his work in television and for writing a large number of popular children's books during the 1970s and 80s.

His break in television came when his friend Malcolm Hulke asked for his help with the writing of an episode of the popular ABC (ITV) action-adventure series The Avengers, on which Dicks received a co-writer's credit on the broadcast. He als
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“The Master: The cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about.” 8 likes
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