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Crystal Bucephalus (The missing adventures) Paperback – 17 Nov 1994


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; First Edition edition (17 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204299
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Crystal Bucephalus is a restaurant where the guests are projected back in time to sample food and drink of a bygone age. When the galaxy's most notorious crime boss is murdered in the Bucephalus, the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough are immediately arrested for the killing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
Crystal Bucephalus ( Doctor Who The Missing Adventures).

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272 Page Paperback Novel
Author: Craig Hinton

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The Crystal Bucephalus is a restaurant where the guests are projected back in time to sample food & drink of a bygone age, When the galaxy's most notorious crime boss is murdered in the Bucephalus, the Doctor along with his companions Tegan & Turlough are immediately arrested for the killing.

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This Fifth Doctor novel titled 'Crystal Bucephalus' is written by the late Craig Hinton & although it isn't quite as exciting as some of Hinton's other early Missing Adventures novels the author makes up with sheer enthusiasm & solid storytelling as 'Crystal Bucephalus' contains a strong intriguing plot, plenty of humourous scenes & great characterisation as Hintons storyline captures the tone of a Gareth Roberts type of Doctor Who adventure.

It isn’t all perfect though as the character of Kamelion proves like he did in the Tv series to be cumbersome & completely pointless character & why he's even featured on the novels illustrations serves no purpose whatsoever as he's not integral the plot as his token apperance spoils the relatively short section of the novel in which he appears in.

The idea of a time-travelling restaurant is a clever one as Hinton slowly builds up the story's suspense & adds a charming little murder mystery into the mix & who captures the boyish charm of the Fifth Doctor very well who is given a fair amount to do in this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Langella on 15 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a cracking read. Yes, it has continuity by the bucketful but strangely enough it isn't obtrusive. It is so obvious now that New Who has been influenced by this series of 1990 novels as well as the New Adventure range. The 'like a soap' accusations thrown at this book are surely pointless in the light of current episodes especially this week's 'The Lodger'...? Revel in Hinton's accurate characterisation, his coherent storytelling, great sense of fun and evident love of the show. Who else would be so sympathetic to Kamelion and get away with it? Read and enjoy!
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By Captain Pugwash on 13 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Craig Hinton's Missing Adventure featuring Peter Davison's Fifth incarnation of the nomadic Timelord is frankly pretty dull. The titular restaurant allows any diner to choose any restaurant from history to dine in, and the space/time Bucephalus machine will make it happen. The Doctor, his motor-mouthed Australian companion Tegan, and his other companion Turlough, are suddenly transported to the restaurant, only to discover that The Doctor is actually its owner! Rubbish robotic TV companion Kamelion (who adorns the front cover) also features, and has more involvement in it than he did in his entire televisual career. Anyway, the premise is intriguing but the final result is a bit flat. Hinton's writing style is an acquired taste and his constant references to Doctor Who and other Sci-fi trivia can become a bit gratuitous at times. Worth a read, but don't expect to be bowled over.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 6 July 2004
Format: Paperback
Craig Hinton's debut Doctor Who novel is a decidedly dull piece concerning the struggle between a group of characters over a time-travelling restaurant. Amongst the soap-opera style shenanigans of the cast the resurrection of a long-dead religions founder is the sole bright spark in this mishmash of continuity and technobabble. For 5th Doctor completists only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A raucous sci-fi adventure & standout in the Dr Who series 25 Jan. 1997
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Format: Paperback
Craig Hinton's first two novels for the Missing Adventures series ranks, I think, as some of the most imaginative Dr. Who fiction to date. Hinton clearly realizes that the success of the books hinges on the expansion of the Doctor's universe outwards from the confines of the BBC studios, and he achieves this admirably in a bizarre tale set in the distant future involving a time-travelling restaurant, the murder of the most powerful man in the universe, a resurrected saviour, and of course, the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough. Kamelion makes an appearance, to boot
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Tuck in! 8 Jan. 2001
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Format: Paperback
The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough are enjoying a meal in a restaurant when they are swept up in a space-time event and wind up in the Crystal Bucephalus - a restaurant wherein diners can choose any restaurant from history to dine in, and the space-time mechanism of the Bucephalus will arrange it. And the Doctor, much to his chagrin, is the owner - having invested mnoney to lose it in the restaurant's creation. But with space-time accessible from the Bucephalus, there are others who are keen to get their hands on it...
Setting this book in a restaurant is an inspired idea, as you may very well feel like you've had a banquet by the time you are finished. The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough are quite well portrayed, and even Kamelion gets to do something (although it is, yet again, being controlled by someone else...).
While you are enjoying the main plotline, the story is embroidered with many many references to Doctor Who (and other, including Star Trek) trivia.
While perhaps a little rich for some tastes, it is still a book many will savour!
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