Doctor Who and the Three Doctors Paperback – May 1983
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"One of the stand-out highlights of the BBC's Target range" Cambs Times "Katy Manning does a sterling job here... The story holds up very well in this format which is given extra impact and atmosphere thanks to a rather considered score from Simon Power who also adds some solid sound effects... Inclusion of the original artwork by Chris Achilleos adds to the retro fun... this is nostalgia at its best and a fine starting point for anyone new to the range" -- James Whittington http://www.kasterborous.com --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Terrance Dicks worked on scripts for The Avengers as well as other series before becoming Assistant, and later full Script Editor of Doctor Who from 1968. Dicks worked on the entirety of the Jon Pertwee Third Doctor era of the programme, and returned as a writer - scripting Tom Baker's first story as the Fourth Doctor: 'Robot'. His later script writing credits on Doctor Who included the 20th anniversary story 'The Five Doctors'. Terrance Dicks novelised many of the original Doctor Who stories for Target books, and has written original Doctor Who novels for BBC Books. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The Doctor is visited by Dr. Tyler, whose cosmic ray research coincides with the vanishment of a game warden, who is seeking help to resolve some mysterious results. But it turns out that he has somehow captured a blob of anti-matter, which is the bridgehead of an assault on our universe from the universe of anti-matter.
Under siege in his nonfunctional TARDIS, the Doctor calls on the Time Lords for help. However, they too are under siege and decide that since they can't help the Doctor, he's have to help himself. And so the Doctor's earlier incarnations arrive to help him.
This story is important in Doctor Who's history, as it reveals more of the history of the Doctor's people, the Time Lords. And it's also quite a lot of fun!
One of the unfortunate aspects of the story is that, sadly, William Hartnell was too ill to fully participate in the story. I'm sure it would have been more enjoyable had he been able to take a larger role, and this adaptation does not increase the Doctor's first incarnation's role in the story.
A quick fun read, highly recommended.
The plot of The Three Doctors is standard fare - the Jon Pertwee Doctor is being pursued initially by a blob of jelly (and what later can be described as malevolent giant jelly babies), and it appears early on as though the Doc has met his match. He puts out a distress call to Gallifrey, in hopes that they can dispatch assistance - unfortunately, the council is unable to offer assistance, as they are experiencing related issues themselves, and so with no alternative, and recognizing that the Doctor does, indeed, need help, they allow him to help himself - by sending the Troughton Doctor for an assist! Loads of fun, lots of chills, and Terrance Dicks, an old hand at the Doc writing business, pulls it off brilliantly.
Just as brilliant, however, is the production of the audio version of this book. The charming Katy Manning serves as our narrator, performing all of the voices in a spectacular fashion (and with a small bit of electronic help for one of the characters, who needs to sound more imposing than Katy's sweet voice can manage). The sound effects and incidental music are absolutely perfect for the recording, never too intrusive, and always within the context of the story. At times, the music serves as punctuation for the end of a scene, and it's all really well done, and crisp to the ear.
I half-expected to have snippets of audio from the original story as it was aired; that was not the case, but I was not disappointed. This is four hours of cracking entertainment, and well worth picking up!
This book was originally written to accompany a 10-year anniversary television special of the same name. It has the same story as the special, but goes beyond, putting some extra flesh on the story, making it a cracking good read! I have seen the Three Doctors special, and am still glad that I read the book. It has a fascinating and positively gripping story. I give in an enthusiastic recommendation!