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Doctor Who-Enlightenment (Doctor Who library) [Mass Market Paperback]

Barbara Clegg
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; New edition edition (24 May 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042619537X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426195375
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The TARDIS materializes on an Edwardian yacht and Dr. Who finds himself involved in a strange and deadly race.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightenment 25 Dec 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is the third in a loose trilogy which features Turlough (introduced in Mawdryn Undead) under orders from the Black Guardian to kill the Doctor. The Tardis and its crew (the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough) are without Nyssa, who left at the end of the previous story (Terminus). The White Guardian sends a warning to the Doctor, and the Tardis materialises on the deck of what appears to be an Edwardian racing yacht. But this is no ordinary yacht, and the travellers find themselves in the middle of anything but an ordinary race.

This is one of those stories that you need to concentrate on - nothing is quite what it seems, but it takes a while to find out where everything and everyone fits into place. The Doctor and Tegan are well portrayed here, and Turlough really gets a chance to make himself known as he schemes on behalf of the Black Guardian. But by the end of the book Turlough's place in the Tardis crew is more assured as the Doctor finds himself trusting Turlough more.

This is a really good Doctor Who story, I think - it has all the elements of mystery, alien (technology, beings), a slight sense of unreality in its environmental and characterisational settings, and the Tardis crew are all on top form. Definitely recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The winner takes it all 7 Jan 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The third and final installment of the Black Guardian trilogy with the White Guardian tapping the TARDIS' energy in order to get a message to the Doctor and directing the TARDIS to the location that is required. But the message is incomplete, and the location appears to be an Edwardian racing yacht. But many things are considerably more than they seem...
'Enlightenment' is a great story that, unfortunately, suffers slightly in the translation from TV to book, because the visual impact of some of the scenes is lessened in the written word. Barbara Clegg, who wrote the screen play, does a great job in translating the story despite the fact that (I believe) she originally wrote it thinking about how it would look presented visually.
Unlike 'Terminus', 'Enlightenment' makes its place in the Black Guardian trilogy an important aspect of the story overall, and is therefore comfortably placed. Unlike some Doctor Who stories, the bad guys operate on a more intellectual level, so that overcoming them cannot rely upon force of strength. Indeed, the Eternals, who feature in this story, are sufficiently outside normal human morality that they can be cast in roles as both allies and enemies. The Doctor, Turlough and Tegan and have roles to play, and Turlough in particular is in a role that no other regular character in the series could be convincingly cast in.
A worthwhile addition to Doctor Who's history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story 13 Jun 2005
By Bill Huebsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this story particularly entertaining. The Eternals, beings that live outside of time and whose existence is endless, are in a race through space. The Doctor and crew land the TARDIS on (actually in) one of their race ships at the behest of the White Guardian. The Doctor's companions in this one are Tegan and Turlough.

The winner of the race gets Enlightenment, a dangerous prize to give to an Eternal. The Eternals really have no purpose to their being and without the Ephemerals (such as you and I) cannot generate enough independent thought to do much of anything. However with Enlightenment in their grasp and unlimited time to use it, they could destroy the entire universe.

Can the Doctor and company save the day once again? Well, of course, they always do, but the how is fun to follow.
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