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Doctor Who: Players: 50th Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

Terrance Dicks
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7 Mar 2013 DOCTOR WHO (Book 172)

Arriving on the sun-baked veldt in the middle of the Boer War, the Sixth Doctor is soon involved in the adventures of struggling politician and war correspondent Winston Churchill. Of course, he knows Churchill is destined for great things, but unseen forces seem to be interfering with Winston's historic career. The Doctor suspects the hidden hand of the Players, mysterious beings who regard human history as little more than a game. With time running out, can the Doctor find the right moves to defeat them?

An adventure featuring the Sixth Doctor as played by Colin Baker and his companion Peri

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 50 Anv edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905213
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.

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 then turned to writing for the show, scripting Tom Baker's first story as the Fourth Doctor. Terrance has written many original Doctor Who novels for BBC Books.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellously entertaining and spot on 16 Jun 2000
Wallis Simpson and Churchill in a Dr Who book? What could have been a mess is a truly vibrant and excellent book, very funny in parts. Churchill (what a thing to take on!) is quite believable.The story is great.It's an engrossing and well written book with particularly good dialogue. The only sadness one is left with is that the tv series was never allowed to develop to become as good as this because we have here a Doctor that could and should have had as much story time on air as Patrick Macnee in The Avengers. I was quite a Colin Baker fan when he was on tv though I thought the stories started to let him down really badly ESPECIALLY The Two Doctors and the entirely dreadful Trial of a Time Lord. But at the beginning, Attack of the Cybermen showed tremendous potential to return the programme to glory after the very boring Peter Davison years. In Players we have what should have been and of course IS! The Doctor here is arrogant and wistful in the way he was on TV but he has dignity and intelligence and reliability, and not a whiff of the heartlessness and prattishness that the TV story writers gave him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better work from Dicks 17 May 1999
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This is Terrance Dicks' best novel for some time. As usual, the author has returned to some of his favourite stomping grounds, including a flashback for the Second Doctor in World War One. The Sixth Doctor and Peri arrive in South Africa just an assassin takes a pot shot at the young Winston Churchill. Having saved Churchill's life, the Doctor believes that more sinister forces are at work, manipulating the actions of the Boers. Hindsight is the Doctor's greatest ally and his greatest fear: how much must he interfere to insure Churchill's future? Events come to the fore in the 1930s, spurred on by the intrigues of the Nazis, accompanied by the mysterious assassin... This is an excellent adventure story, very much in the mould of Indiana Jones or even Colonel Blimp. Familiar faces from the past reappear to aid the Doctor,and the 'Players' may turn out to be very old enemies indeed... Despite believing the Doctor to be an archetypal character, Dicks has got the Sixth Doctor exactly right here. This may even be the Sixth Doctor at his best, and it's a pity that it's never going to be on TV, for Dicks allows the Doctor to ditch that dreadful coat, to be replaced by a costume that Colin Baker might have preferred. 'Players' surpasses 'Exodus': although it employs real life characters from the same period, its overall slant is contrary to the earlier book and far more tasteful. I gave this a high mark because I didn't expect to enjoy it, but I did. However, Terrance Dicks could win higher marks if only he tried to do something a bit more original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sixth Doctor Novel By Terrance Dicks 10 Nov 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Players is a unique story written by Classic Who writer & former script editor Terrance Dicks whom has a knack for turning out great Doctor Who adventures.

Here Dicks is writing for The Sixth Doctor & Peri who are caught up in a chain of historic event's surrounding Winston Churchill whom will one day become Prime Minister eventually leading Great Britain to victory in World War 2 but here a unseen force that is meddling with history trying to change Churchills timeline from the Boar War to the Abdication crisis.

Just who is trying to change these historic events from ever happening & why?

The Doctor & Peri become embroiled in these dramatic event's & is suspicious of the strange goings on & deduces that it's a entity whom call themselves Players who are in fact using Winston Churchill as a pawn in what they view history as being little more than a game for there amusement.

Can The Sixth Doctor & Peri play the Player's at the own game or will historic event's be changed forever & does the Doctor have enough moves up his sleeve to defeat them?

Terrance Dicks captures the Sixth Doctor well here although Dicks writes the Sixth Doctor's arrogance he brings out a cunning intelligence to the Sixth Doctor's character not really seen in the tv series & makes his personality far more mellow & less bombastic than he was on tv.

The plot is a intriguing one as it involves Winston Churchill & a race of strange beings called Player's who infact return in a sequel to this adventure called Doctor Who:Endgame again written by Terrance Dicks.

This is a great novel full of intrigue & a well written enemy in the Player's whom make a clever foil for Ole Sixey & Peri.

This is another great novel in the 50th Anniversary range of Re-released Doctor Who novels celebrating the Doctor's Golden Anniversary in 2013 & is a recommended read for Doctor Who fan's & keen reader's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Breezy but empty 22 Jun 2013
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No doubt re-released by the BBC because it provides a credible a continuity-friendly explanation for why Winston Churchill and the 11th Doctor know each other in the TV show, this is a very plain, very simple adventure from Terrance Dicks. The prose is so sparse it's almost empty, which was appropriate for the episode novelisations Dicks grew a reputation for delivering, but lacking in an original novel. The plot itself appears to be the first act of a sequence involving the mysterious Players, who toy with human history for their own amusement, and so necessarily ends with little resolution. It's not all bad - the Sixth Doctor and Peri are very enjoyable here, and it breezes through established history with gusto. It's ultimately an empty read though, and isn't likely to stay with me for long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Really enjoyed this adventure - Terrance Dicks really understands how to write a great Doctor Who story
Published 9 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Players
Players is a Past Doctor Adventure written by Terrance Dicks, featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri and is about a shadowy group messing with the great conflicts of human history. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve White
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best from Dicks
This is not, perhaps, one of Terrance Dicks better contributions to the world of Doctor Who. There isn't much of a semblance to a developing plot, rather a romp through the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alaran
3.0 out of 5 stars Players
This is the story chosen to be representative of the Sixth Doctor era for the 50th anniversary celebrations. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Keen Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Dicks being Dicks
The comfort blanket of an author who knows what he's doing and doing it well. 'More of the same' sounds like faint praise but you buy a Terrance Dicks novel knowing exactly what... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars The angry time lord and the man who became a legend in his own time
I know I watched the sixth Doctor on TV. I vaguely remember his trial and I remember people gasping when they found out the truth about the Valeyard. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christopher Long
4.0 out of 5 stars All that matters is the game
Terrance Dicks is not the best writer on the planet. He will never win a Booker Prize and he will never be a best seller. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Greeny
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Players
Arriving on the sun-baked veldt in the middle of the Boer War, the Sixth Doctor is soon involved in the adventures of struggling politician and war correspondent Winston Churchill. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars the start of the friendship?
this is my first novel from the bbc past doctor adventures and i love it my favriout doctor the sixth doctor and one of my faveriout compaions peri brown both are well charcitersd... Read more
Published 23 months ago by K. J. Astbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Easy to read. Hard to put down.
This is an excellent book. Terrence Dicks manages to create highly believable characters (e.g. Churchill). Read more
Published on 14 Dec 1999
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