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Sorcerer's Apprentice (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) Paperback – 20 Jul 1995

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who (20 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426204476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426204473
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novel featuring the first Doctor, Barbara, Ian and Susan. The Doctor is pushed to explain the uncanny events in Elbyon. Creatures roam the forests, dragons belch fire at knights and wizards cast spells. The Doctor has to reconcile himself with the magic of which he doubts the very existence.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 5 July 2008
Format: Paperback
Christopher Bulis' second MA novel neatly juxtaposes the expected Sci-fi with a trademark First Doctor historical adventure. The twist is that it is not Earth's history but that of another planet; one that has a medieval setting but originally had a contemporary one. Pixies, Dwarves and Wizards abound, and they mix with starship pilots and of course the TARDIS crew: The Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan.
The time-travellers are immediately plunged into trouble when they arrive and are locked out by the TARDIS's defence systems. Something very powerful and very dangerous is on the loose and the time-machine automatically defends itself. This leaves its crew in a bit of a pickle; a situation that is exacerbated when a huge fire-breathing dragon attacks them and injures Barbara. Ian gallantly flies to her rescue and with the help of a mysterious knight he defeats the beast. This leads to the travellers becoming embroiled in the machinations of an evil sorcerer and his ape-like henchmen, resulting in quest to save the kingdom whilst searching for the mystical `Merlin's Helm'; the key to who or what will have ultimate power throughout the land.
Bulis has stayed true to the characters of the time-travellers although there is scant evidence of The Doctor's trademark irascibility (apart from an early verbal skirmish with Ian). The story flows nicely and there are some nice touches where The Doctor appears to be using magic. Overall this is a solid read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Styles on 7 July 2014
Format: Paperback
The sorceror Marton Dhal reminded me of Tom Baker at his most bonkers :-) He was entertaining. The First Doctor and co, were fine, not outstanding in this one. Same for the plot really.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2006
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This novel finds the 1st Doctor, Susan, Barbara and Ian landing on a magical fantasy world, though this being Doctor Who it's somewhat inevitable that the `magic' will ultimately turn out to be highly advanced alien science. The actual fantasy world of Elbyon is very generic: dragons, dwarfs, elves, an evil wizard in his dark tower, a quest for a magical artefact to defeat him, but the action comes so thick and fast that the reader is swept along with little pause for thought. Bulis characterisation is sadly all but non-existent though, with the majority of the cast being distinguishable only be name. By no means a great Doctor Who novel, this is nevertheless a diverting harmless runaround with plenty of action for the regulars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Doctor Who in a fantasy novel setting 10 Oct. 2000
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I'm sure the original creators of Doctor Who would have been rather wary of this story, had it been presented to them as a proposed television production. It is envisaged to occur very early in the first season of the series, where the story lines essentially alternat between historical and science fiction. How a story featuring magic, elves and dragons would have gone over is a good question.
I found the story quite enjoyable. The setting is an excellent change of pace for Doctor Who, and Christopher Bulis populates the story with a variety of memorable characters. The crew of the TARDIS are thrust into a world that shouldn't exist, and cannot re-enter the TARDIS due to some automatic defence mechanism which has activated for no apparent reason. (There is a reason, of course - but it is so integrally tied up with the conclusion of the story that I won't say any more about it!)
Needing to re-enter the TARDIS to leave, the Doctor is obliged to study magic in order to learn the way in which this world works. Kidnapped by Marton Dhal, Susan too gains some magical skills. However, as you'd expect, there's more to all this magic than meets the eye as the travellers and the inhabitants of Elbyon discover at the climax of the book.
Mr Bulis has a good descriptive turn of prose which makes it easy to envisage what this story might have looked like, but not if made with the technology used when this stories supposed contemporaries were made. I'm sure it would have been a visual treat.
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Brilliant Fun! 11 April 2008
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What do fairies, dragons, elves & anything else you'd see in the Lord of the Rings have to do with Dr. Who & science? Nothing at all & everything! This book is brilliant fun from start to finish. Every page is a new surprise of fact and fantasy entangled in a bizarre & fantastical world.

It all starts when they land the TARDIS in a place that looks remotely like Earth. However much to their dismay & the Doctor's horror they meet a dragon. Even worse they can't get back into the TARDIS, it has locked them out. From there they go on to meet wizards, Kings, and much more. Naturally like all fantasy stories there is a good wizard and an evil wizard... people are kidnapped & the Doctor is sent off on a quest to find Merlin's Helm so that the people can be rescued. Which you'll have to read the rest for yourself, but again overall the book is brilliant fun. I'm not much of a magical fantasy lover myself, but its interlaced with science in a way that makes it all so very interesting. So enjoy. Oh, & did I forget to mention there are also witches? :)
The Doctor, Space Marines and Dragons 17 Feb. 2012
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By no means a groundbreaking novel, yet an entertaining one that proceeds along at a cracking pace. Christopher Bulis captures the voices of all four leads perfectly (though the First Doctor is slightly more active than in the televised stories), and the mystery of the seemingly magic- and fantasy-based planet is convincingly hidden till the end. Though a mash-up between fantasy and sci-fi sounds like a terrible idea, Bulis somehow pulls it off and avoids the thudding genre clash that so often occurs in such attempts. If you're a Doctor Who fan, you'll likely enjoy this novel. And if you're specifically a fan of the team of Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan, and dearly wish (like me) that they could have had more adventures together, there's no doubt: This book will surely satisfy, and scratch that itch.
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