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Doctor Who: The Witch Hunters [Paperback]

Steve Lyons
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2 Mar 1998 Doctor Who
The original Doctor Who (from the 1960s) attempts repairs to the Tardis. Unfortunately, he chooses Salem, Massachusetts at the time of the witch hunts, as the place to do the job. The result is that he and his crew are thrown into danger by Susan's latent telepathic powers.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563405791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563405795
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for The Witch Hunters 28 Feb 1999
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Steve Lyons has really captured the spirit of the early Hartnell stories in "The Witch Hunters". The dialogue of the four main characters is superb, and I could virtually hear the original actors speaking the words on the page as I read them. "The Witch Hunters" was the first historical DR WHO novel I'd read, and I wasn't sure initially that I would enjoy it, but I soon got caught up in the events of the Salem witch trials and found it a real page turner. Having finished the book I almost wish that it existed as a television story in its own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back William Hartnell 18 Oct 2001
This will be a very short review. The Witch Hunters is probably the best Doctor Who story i have ever read (or seen for that matter). Steve Lyons has perfectly recreated the atmosphere and characters of the first Doctor's era - The images in my head were all the more striking for being in black and white.
And what a subject to explore, the Salem witch trials! I have to admit to wondering how the author would be able to explain away the presence of the TARDIS and it's crew in such a well documented period of history, but in my opinion he has done this seamlessly.
Without wanting to give away the end of this glorious novel i will just say that i was moved to tears by the way the Doctor resolved the most overwhelming dilemma of the story.
You must read this book even if you are not a big fan of the series as, on top of anything else, it gives a fascinating insight into that terrifying period of our history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salem's plot 15 April 2011
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
What begins as a few weeks living in a small Puritanical village in Massachusetts during the 1690's, eventually turns into a nightmare as Susan succumbs or even contributes to the rising superstitious hysteria of the time. This is a well researched historical piece that could sit alongside such classic Who as The Aztecs quite comfortably. Like The Aztecs the Tardis crew are divided by the temptation to change history, this time in the face of so much injustice sparked by the mass hysteria that led to the Salem witch trials. How can a writer who produced such a poor effort as The Murder Game come up with something as accomplished as this? Outstanding.
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This is "The One". If you find some of the First Doctor novels a bit hard going, and characterisation hard to recognise - e.g. Venusian Lullaby. Look no further..... if you only read one First Doctor novel, make it this one. Steve Lyons has proved consistently reliable as a good writer that really knows how to write for these characters. The original TARDIS crew are so spot on, and with some added depth, you have no trouble picturing Hartnell et all in the scenes also well described. Having done a little homework on the subject of the Salem Witch Trials myself, I can verify that Steve Lyons also has. He knows this era of history and seamlessly places our crew in the heart of this dramatic part of history. And the best thing is, no aliens. Just a good old fashioned Hartnell historical, with some character depth thrown in that expands and compliments the whole crew. If I was holding a "STRICTLY" judging panel - I'd invent 11 out of 10. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best of the missing adventures 7 April 2014
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the writing and premise almost lead you to believe you have seen this as an episode. Tying in with the 5 doctors anniversary story and the mayhem of the Salem trials, you are carried away with such well defined characters and a journey of human suffering and pain managed beautifully by a compassionate Doctor, emotion not usually associated with the Hartnell period. Highly recommended-my favourite Dr Who written story by far.
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