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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (6 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849907676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849907675
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justin Richards has written more books than he can remember. He has also written audio scripts, television, a stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of - amongst other things - The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and the series The Invisible Detective, Time Runners, and Agent Alfie. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself.
His latest novel - The Skeleton Clock - is available for the Kindle.
Justin lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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Book Description

The Doctor Who Monster Collection: Eight thrilling adventures, Eight iconic monsters. You're going to need a bigger sofa...

About the Author

Justin Richards has written for stage and screen as well as writing novels and graphic novels. As well as writing extensively for children, he has also co-written several action thrillers for young adults with the acknowledged master of the genre Jack Higgins. The first novel in his adult SF series The Never War, titled The Suicide Exhibition, was published by Del Rey in late 2013. The second volume - The Blood Red City - will be published in 2014. Justin currently acts as Creative Consultant to BBC Books' range of Doctor Who titles, as well as writing quite a few himself. Married with two children (both boys), Justin lives and works in Warwick, within sight of one of Britain's best-preserved castles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 July 2014
Format: Paperback
Doctor Who: Sands Of Time: The Monster Collection Edition.
256 Page Paperback Novel.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Nyssa, Tegan.
Main enemy: Nephthys.
Publisher: Virgin Books.
Writer: Justin Richards.
Release number: 22.

Trivia.
1)Nyssa is chosen as the host for Nephthys.
2)Nephthys is released when the canopic jar containing her reasoning is broken while robbers are plundering her pyramid.
3)The Doctor makes a passing reference to Scaroth & his involvement in the construction of the Pyramids of Giza.
4)The final passage of the book has Marcus Scarman arriving for dinner at Lord Kenilworth's in 1896.
5)Tegan tells the Doctor that her sense of adventure died in Amsterdam.
6)The death of Adric is discussed several times by Tegan & the Doctor, specifically why the Doctor cannot use the Tardis to save him & the emotional impact it has had on them.
7)This novel continues many of the themes in the television story Pyramids of Mars & functions as both a prequel & a sequel.
8)The phenomenon of the Web of Time & the Doctor's inability to change history despite his limitless ability to travel in time is central to the novel, It is discussed several times by the Doctor & Tegan, The Doctor does mention that he has seen history changed, but that it requires "fantastic power" & is often disastrous.
9)Tegan attempts to change history in a minor way, However, events end up not being changed at all something that doesn't surprise the Doctor.
10)The cover of Sands of Time differs from it's previous BBC release as here a Servitor robots is seen wrapped in mummy-like wrappings which were featured in the Fourth Doctor Adventure tv story; Pyramids of Mars.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 May 2014
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Justin Richards is an accomplished writer of Doctor Who novels; his works are always detailed in their continuity of the Doctor’s travels, well characterised, even when writing of established characters such as the well-known companions, and his stories are always interesting enough to exist outside of the Doctor Who realm as great novels themselves. This book was originally published in 1996, and has been republished in 2014 as part of the Monsters Collection of books.

In the great 1975 story Pyramids of Mars, the audience was introduced to Professor Marcus Scarman, an Egyptologist who in 1911 finds a pyramid inscribed with the Eye of Horus; but the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith are involved in that story, which involves the resurrection of the Osiran Sutekh who had been defeated and imprisoned centuries earlier by the Osirans.

The cover of this book, Sands of Time, features one of the servitor robots wrapped in mummy-like wrappings which were featured heavily in the Pyramids of Mars story, so the reader, if he/she is aware of the earlier story, knows that this is likely to feature the Osirans once again. A story heavily drenched in Egyptology, archaeology and mysteries of the desert and sky. And we are not disappointed. The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan land in a museum in 1896 and Nyssa disappears. But before that happens, the reader has been introduced to several inexplicable times and events – Egypt c. 5000 BC, Giza in Egypt 1896, Oxfordshire 1926 and London 1965. What could all these seemingly unrelated events and timeframes possibly have in common; and how could they be related to what has befallen Nyssa?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 21 Mar 2014
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One of the best things about this Monster Collection range is that includes the republication of several out of print and hard to find books, this being one of them. For many years the ‘Sands of Time’ was only available at an exorbitant cost or as a PDF from the BBC Doctor Who website. Seeing as this is one of the best Fifth Doctor novels this seemed a terrible shame. It is a good thing that it is now possible to obtain a copy.

Effectively the novel is a sequel to the excellent ‘Pyramids of Mars’ (although, oddly, it also works as a prequel as well). Sensibly (because Sutekh’s story felt completed in a satisfactory way), Richards, doesn’t take the obvious path in bringing Sutekh back for another confrontation with the Doctor. Making use of Egyptian mythology he instead opts to focus on Sutekh’s sister, Nephthys (the sister wife of the Egyptian god of death, Seth). As such the plot follows her efforts to escape from where Horus imprisoned her mind. Thus the story is sufficiently different in style and content from ‘Pyramids of Mars’ but maintains enough elements to be reminiscent of it.

Nephthys is more of an ominous presence in the background throughout, leaving the action to the Egyptian High Priest, Rassul, and more of the famous, mummy disguised, service robots. Hence she doesn’t leave an impression as memorable as Sutekh. The service robots/mummies inevitably fulfil a similar role to before and little more. But they are undoubtedly one of the most impressive of ‘lumbering’ monsters. I’m not sure if they are the ‘monster’ that earns a place in this collection or whether it is the Osirians. Most likely it is both.

The Fifth Doctor is characterised very well and Richards has captured the essence of Peter Davison’s performance.
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