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Doctor Who and the Three Doctors Paperback – May 1983

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Carol Pub Group; Reprinted edition edition (May 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426115783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426115786
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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 --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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I've seen this episode both on TV and DVD, and I'm not sure I don't like this CD better. Hats off to writer Terrance Dicks, who in my opinion, represents the spirit of Dr Who more than anyone else, and reader Katy Manning, who has a very pleasant voice [deeper than in the TV show because, as she said, she deliberately used a higher voice when doing the show, presumably to sound more "girly'. Everything about this CD is very well done, and if you haven't listened to audio CDs before, you might be surprised how they trigger your imagination. I can't recommend listening to it as you drive, like I did, because I kept getting lost in the story and forgetting about my driving; I'm probably luck I'm still alive. Buy it!
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HASH(0x9a77c2dc) out of 5 stars All together now Nov. 9 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
To celebrate the tenth year of Doctor Who, the BBC decided to present a story featuring the current (third) incarnation of the Doctor with his predecessors. This novel is Terrance Dicks' adaptation of the anniversary story.
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.
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HASH(0x9a77c330) out of 5 stars Two Doctors and a bit Nov. 4 2005
By Bill Huebsch - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although all three of the Doctors that have lived to this point are in the book, the first Doctor has a pretty token presence. Nonetheless this is an excellent story. The entire universe is in danger from a black hole that is sucking up all its energy. The laws of physics, as always in the Doctor's world, are somewhat different from in ours :) Seems the Doctor is the only one left who can do anything about the situation. In fact his buddies the Time Lords, who had previously banished him to Earth and stripped him of the ability to time travel, call upon his current and previous selves to save everyone. This is another fun one, lots of action and we even get a rare view at the Time Lord's society and a bit of their history and how they cam the be lords of time.

A quick fun read, highly recommended.
HASH(0x9a77c768) out of 5 stars Audio book review Nov. 21 2012
By Misha - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Please note that this is a review of the audio book of 'Doctor Who: The Three Doctors'.

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!
HASH(0x9a77cb28) out of 5 stars A fascinating and positively gripping story June 10 2015
By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Doctor Who, a Time Lord, a member of a race of powerful beings who “police” space and time, has been banished to Earth, and here serves as an advisor to U.N.I.T. (the United Nation Intelligence Taskforce). But, when people start mysteriously disappearing, the Doctor finds that a powerful force has come to Earth. Calling for help from the Time Lords, the Doctor learns to his horror that the whole universe is under attack, and the Time Lords have no help to send him. That is, until the Time Lords realize that they can send him himself...that is help from his two earlier incarnations. And so, with all his pluck and courage, the Doctor(s) set off to confront a most powerful and dangerous enemy, a Time Lord exiled beyond time and space who has become all-powerful and is looking for revenge!

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!
By Alicia Riley - Published on
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Like always there some difference between the show and book. Base on the Three Doctors episode you find mostly just the second and third doctor due to the actor who played the first doctor was too ill to play bigger role. While it is bit slow and sometimes a bit boring though.