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Doctor Who: The Time Travellers

(Past Doctor Adventures #75)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  22 reviews
"Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension, to be exiles?"

24 June, 2006. The TARDIS has landed in London. Ian and Barbara are almost back home. But this isn't the city they knew. This city is a ruin, torn apart by war. A war that the British are losing.

With his friends mistaken for vagrants and sentenced to death, the Doctor is
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by BBC Books
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Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The BBC's Past Doctor Adventures, like their Virgin predecessors the Missing Adventures, could often be mixed affairs. Some Doctors and eras proved difficult to replicate either character or story others would be overdone to the point of being nothing but a series of cliches. Occasionally though, there would be moments when authors would not only be able to recreate Doctors and era but take them in new (or more contemporary) directions. One such example of blending past and present would be The ...more
Michael Battaglia
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hey, if you're going to go out, you might as well go out old school. Although there was still one more Past Doctor Adventure to go before the line was put to bed presumably forever, it would have been probably entirely fitting to end with a novel featuring the original TARDIS team and calling it "The Time Travelers", a nice look back into what made that first crew work so well and the days when being in the show was about being a lost explorer who occasionally managed to save the day but more ...more
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the best of the Doctor Who novels. Guerrier manages to land our heroes in a bleak dystopia and yet the story never loses its heart. This is a must-read for all First Doctor fans, and in particular those who love the original TARDIS team of Ian, Barbara and Susan. Guerrier's characterization is perfectly balanced and each of the familiar characters is given equal time and care. Those who regularly read Who novels know that this is a rare thing. Not only are the characters well-drawn, ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great blend of original TARDIS crew in a modern New Series style setting. Great read!
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't envy authors who write novels for established media franchises, as doing so poses challenges that they don't face when writing their own original creations. For such works to succeed, they must capture a certain tone of the series in a way that is true to the source material while broad enough to acknowledge their readers' often differing interpretation of it. This is especially true in terms of characterization without the filtering role that an actor or actress plays by taking scripts ...more
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: William Hartnell fans, fans of alternative history, time travel nerds
The first Doctor, along with Susan, Ian and Barbara, materialize in London in 2006. (It's London, but not as we know it.) In 1966, Britain came under the domination of the (not well explained) Machine, which controlled people through television and radio. Since that time, British society has steadily fallen apart, the House of Windsor has been eliminated, and the country has become a military dictatorship. (Funny how would-be dictators see the monarchy as an obstacle to the advance of ...more
David Zerangue
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
What I did not care about this story is that it was an alternative universe story that really did not fit into the actual Doctor Who timeline. Most people would be scratching their heads at this because you can do just about anything when time travel is involved, right? Well, the way the author put this one together ended up creating an alternate reality that the characters are subject to that is not in alignment with the ending of the series for these characters. Interesting story, but just ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
When Doctor Who does Dystopia, I'm not much a fan of Dystopian Stories but with Doctor Who I let this slide. This one is basically a "What If" Story.
John Chronakis
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Yes, it explores the territory of time travel and causality, which is a subject which otherwise goes largely unmentioned in a series of adventures across time and space. Yes, it is very deftly pigeonholed before Susan's departure from the TARDIS crew, giving us some insight into the Doctor's decision. Yes, it offers some sorely-missing plausibility to the scenario of Daleks invade the Earth of their past. It even foreshadows some of the stories yet to come.

How does it manage to be such a tedious
Wayne Styles
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The danger in this book is not the plot. It is the boredom factor of Pages 1 - 198.... Once you get through the tedious grind of those pages - a very improved twist occurs that makes you interested again for the remaining 86 pages. For me, it was positive reviews from the rest of the gang on GoodReads that made me persevere - I toyed with giving up several times and very nearly did at approx Page 150. Andrews and the many duplicates; painful and the character was almost John Cleese on an unfunny ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hard-core Doctor Who fans
I think this book really looked at some interesting topics in the Doctor Who mythos, namely, "Can time be changed?" While this interesting premise extrapolates on the stories around it (both TV and original novels) and actually gives the main characters some development, its kind of slow moving and repetitive at times.

While some of the constant back-and-forth and running around in the first half of the book is similar to a lot of storylines of the time, it would have been nice to break away from
Christian Petrie
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
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Nicholas Whyte
Jun 07, 2010 rated it liked it

A very neatly put together novel of the First Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara, set between Planet of Giants and The Dalek Invasion of Earth in a dystopian and devastated London of an alternative 2006, facing invasion from a South African army and disintegration as a result of the local boffins' time experiments; the last quarter of the book takes us back to 1972 (but a 1972 where WOTAN won, though only briefly) to try and put things right. Apart from the
David Layton
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Time travel paradox stories are difficult to work effectively. The trouble is not returning to strict cause-effect thinking. So, the resolution does not fully work. That being said, the premise of the story is very interesting. It reminds me of a classic "Outer Limits" adventure. The Doctor and companions arrive in London, but swiftly find out that this is not their London, but one belonging to a parallel time track, or an altered future. The culprit is a device that the users think is a time ...more
Noel Thingvall
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad read, but very frustrating at times. I like many of story's threads and much of the guest cast, but a lot of the plot feels overly drawn out, with chunks that drag and far too much narrative plate-spinning. The opening teaser is also a pretty cheap trick, and some of the things Guerrier puts the main cast through (including not one, but several threats of rape) are more than a bit too much, and the resulting drama comes off feeling forced. Still, I don't dislike it for the most part. ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
A stunning exploration of time travel gone wrong, with one of the most powerful depictions of the William Hartnell Doctor ever put to print. At times, the temporal machinations can make your head spin a little too fast...and it does help to have a passing familiarity with the events of the 1966 story "The War Machines"...but don't let either of those quibbles stop you from reading this excellent novel. Original companion Ian Chesteron's tragic-yet-noble fate in this story is something ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall, it was very enjoyable! Very timey-wimey! The original characters were three-dimensional and their interactions with team TARDIS were great. There are lots of moments that show how Susan is this awesome Time Lady and is a total genius, but there is also the moments were you're reminded she's still young. Ian and Barbara have some really fantastic parts too about what they mean to each other (alsjalsjsk). And of course, there is the Doctor and how he longs for travel and thrill of ...more
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
A slightly confusing storyline but very well done. The first Doctor with the original team lands on a very strange London that has been at war for years following an incident with a computer trying to take over the world. (The War Machines) Some really good character stuff, and its nice to see a Dr Who book that doesn't shy away from proper scifi concepts.
Shane Mackenzie
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You can't help but adore the first doctor after reading this. Ian also proves to much more of an action-loving, adrenaline-junkie in this one than could ever be shown on screen. The book proves very interesting and I would put it next to "Festival of Death" in my competition for 'which is the best Doctor Who book?'... pssht... who am I kidding.... they're all the best!
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: club-specials, tossed
The Doctor (William Hartnell), Ian, Barbara and Susan land in London in the middle of a war between Britain and South Africa. There are foreshadowings of The Tenth Planet and Brigadier Bambara (from Battlefield). I did enjoy the theory of extra dimensions and multiple copies of people that kept showing up; but thought that this could have been more fully explored.
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy this one. The story was very disjointed and hard to follow, I almost gave up halfway through as reading it started to feel like a chore. The ending did get a little more interesting though.

There are a lot better Doctor Who books out there
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
I really couldn't get into this one through most of the book. However it won me over in the last 3 chapters or so. I think those chapters made the book enjoyable for me.
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Simon Guerrier is a British science fiction author and dramatist, closely associated with the fictional universe of Doctor Who and its spinoffs. Although he has written three Doctor Who novels, for the BBC Books range, his work has mostly been for Big Finish Productions' audio drama and book ranges.

Guerrier's earliest published fiction appeared in Zodiac, the first of Big Finish's Short Trips

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