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Doctor Who: The Eight Doctors Mass Market Paperback – 2 Jun 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st Paperback Edition edition (2 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405634
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 July 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Eight Doctors.
288 Paperback Novel.
Author: Terence Dicks.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion: Sam.
Featuring:
First Doctor
Second Doctor
Third Doctor
Fourth Doctor
Fifth Doctor
Sixth Doctor
Seventh Doctor
Main enemy:
Ryoth, CIA
Main setting:
London, 1997
Earth,100000 BC
An unnamed planet
England, 1970s
Vampire planet, E-Space
Eye of Orion
Space Station Zenobia
Metebelis III
Gallifrey

Trivia.
1)Rassilon's Red is Gallifrey's finest vintage, The Sixth Doctor and Eighth Doctor drink several goblets of it.
2)The Fourth Doctor & Romana drink red wine.
3)Shobogans speak highly of the Doctor.
4)The Eye of Harmony in the Doctor's Tardis is a symbolic manifestation.
5)The Castellan keeps the Black, Grey and White Files.
5)Olive Hawthorne may have latent telekinetic abilities.
6)The Eighth Doctor meets the Brigadier.
7)Flavia is president.
8)The Eighth Doctor loses his memory from a trap left by the Master.
9)The Master left his Tardis in Devil's End, He retrieves it following his escape from Fortress Island.
10)Drashigs, Sontarans and the Raston Warrior Robot are time scooped in order to launch an attack on the Fifth Doctor & the Eighth Doctor.
11)Deathworms were tamed by the Morg, The Master experimented on them for his own purposes.
12)The Master uses his Tissue Compression Eliminator.
13)The title of chapter eleven, The Vampire Mutation, was a working title for State of Decay.
14)In this novel the Seventh Doctor has a "mid life crisis" while trying to deal with his approaching death.
15)There is an explanation of how the Master became worm-like in( Tv: Doctor Who).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, with Terrance Dicks you always get what it says on the tin, there's no doubt about that.

This story, published in 1997, picks up directly after the Eighth Doctor movie with Paul McGann. The Eighth Doctor now finds himself the target of a plot of the Master, and must visit each of his former selves to regain his memories. That's no spoiler, as it's obvious from the start that that is what's going to happen.

This is like a trip down memory lane for those of us who have watched Doctor Who over so many years that the stories all feel so familiar, as do the various Doctors. That's no bad thing, particularly in a light, entertaining novel like this, and it's an enjoyable read as you progress through the various incarnations and revisit familiar scenes with the added twist now of having the Eighth Doctor pop in and out of them.

The only bit I take slight exception to is the Fourth Doctor episode. In this, the Eighth Doctor meets up with the Fourth Doctor when the Fourth Doctor and Romana are in E-Space. I found that a bit odd, given that I have recollections of E-Space being particularly difficult to get in and out of, yet the Tardis just trundles in there with the Eighth Doctor and trundles out again. Ah well, perhaps the Tardis had it all figured out? Just seemed to me that there were plenty of other Fourth Doctor stories that could have been more readily suited to this type of `fleeting visit' story. A slight niggle, only.

This is not great literature; it's not meant to be. What it is, is a story incorporating memories and familiar tales of the Doctor and various companions, introducing the Eighth Doctor, and all done by an author who has made a career out of novelising Doctor Who stories. A light, entertaining, very enjoyable read and one that can be dipped in and out of a bit at a time, while you absorb the story, and the overarching Gallifrey and TimeLord story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Chagouri-Brindle on 28 April 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this, and am sorry that the novel seems to have attracted so much negative attention. In my opinion, the book is an excellent introduction to the Paul McGann incarnation of our favorite Time Lord, following the events of the 1996 TV Movie. Admittedly nostalgic, I thoroughly enjoyed the revisiting past Doctors, and agree with another reviewer that the rapport between the Sixth and Eighth Doctors deserves to be revisited, perhaps in a novel of their own ? All in all, well done Mr Dicks !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While this has been universally lambasted by the fan-critics, it is difficult to deny that the Eight Doctors make themselves quite enjoyable to the reader, even if at least three of them are completely unrecognisable from there screen personas. The third Doctor ends his stint in the novel with the most ridiculous (and inconsequential) scene in the history of Doctor Who, and Terrance Dicks must have been watching a different seventh Doctor to the one I was back in the late eighties. Dicks' own characters are also highly unbelievable, including a school teacher who's never heard of crack, and a teenage drug baron who seems to have escaped from a really bad episode of Grange Hill. The book is, however, extremely easy to read and I whizzed through it in one afternoon, and never once got bored during that time. Which must count for something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becca on 28 July 2009
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In an effort to introduce the 'new' fans to the 'old' Doctors, Terrence Dicks has created a mess. Moments after the closing of the TV Movie (or, "The Enemy Within"), the Eighth Doctor once again gets amnesia and most go to meet his past selves in order to reclaim his memories. Bad characterisation follows bad characterisation, Eight gets himself turned into a Mary-Sue who is forced to help all of his past selves, who have seemingly all become a bit rubbish for some unidentifiable reason (the scene where he is trying to explain something to an increasingly dense Sixth incarnation is utterly appalling), and a new companion is introduced in one of the most rushed scenes ever to grace a book. It's truly awful. New fans, if you want to have an introduction to the old Doctors, watch their serials! Far more canon than this tripe.
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