When reviewing adaptation of Doctor Who stories into book forms, I indicate whether they are straightforward adaptations or not. Donald Cotton's adaptation of his own script is very much not a straightforward adaptation.
This book is narrated by the Greek poet Homer - who wrote 'The Iliad', about the siege of Troy. This book is also about the siege, and it certainly isn't 'The Iliad'! Homer didn't even appear in the original version of the story.
The Doctor, Vicki and Steven arrive towards the end of the siege, and the Doctor, who leaves the TARDIS alone, is mistaken for Zeus, king of the Greek gods and taken into the Greek camp. Steven and later Vicki also leave the TARDIS, and all three are caught up in a variety of difficult circumstances.
This story contains a very strong streak of humour. Some of the Doctor's suggestions for how to get past the walls of Troy are quite funny. Homer's narration, which is full of anachronistic references, is also amusing (in a way that the TV serial never could have been).
If you like your Doctor Who deadly serious, then this certainly isn't the story for you!
'The Myth Makers' no longer exists on video tape in the BBC's vault. It will therefore be welcome when the soundtrack is released on CD (scheduled for January 2001).