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5.0 out of 5 stars The Five Doctors
This is the story that was released to coincide with the 20th anniversary (seems a long time ago now) of Doctor Who in 1983. The story was innovative for its time in attempting to incorporate all five of the Doctors into the story. Unfortunately, William Hartnell had passed away by that time so the very capable Richard Hurndell stepped into his role as the First Doctor...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The TV episode in print
One by one, the earlier four incarnations of the doctor are being plucked out of the space-time continuum, and placed into the dreaded Death Zone. Originally used by the Time Lords for organizing gladiatorial matches between various races, Rassilon closed the Death Zone, and forbade the use of the Time Scoop. So, who is doing this, and more importantly, why? It's up to...
Published on 12 Feb 2003 by Kurt A. Johnson


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Five Doctors, 17 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who-The Five Doctors (A Target book) (Paperback)
This is the story that was released to coincide with the 20th anniversary (seems a long time ago now) of Doctor Who in 1983. The story was innovative for its time in attempting to incorporate all five of the Doctors into the story. Unfortunately, William Hartnell had passed away by that time so the very capable Richard Hurndell stepped into his role as the First Doctor. Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee revised their roles as the Second and Third Doctors respectively. Tom Baker could not be persuaded to appear as the Fourth Doctor, so footage from the incomplete Shada was used to portray him and Romana. And of course Peter Davison was the Fifth Doctor. Companions who joined the story included Susan, the Brigadier, Zoe, Jamie, Liz, Mike Yates (or images thereof), Sarah Jane Smith and the current companions Tegan and Turlough. Bad guys in the story included Cyberman, Yeti, a Raston Warrior Robot and the Master.

In novelised form, this story still works really well. The author has captured the movement from the scenes with the different Doctors in different scenarios with different companions/bad guys very well, and the story flows well, even though the narrative is by its very nature somewhat disjointed with so many protagonists and action points. The story has the Doctor (all his selves) being taken out of time and removed to the Dark Zone on Gallifrey – but who by, and why remains the central point of the mystery of the story. This is great stuff; incorporating Doctor Who history, Gallifreyan history and culture and is a great opportunity to revisit some of the favourite Doctor moments. Well worth reading, and well worth watching as a visual medium.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The TV episode in print, 12 Feb 2003
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who-The Five Doctors (A Target book) (Paperback)
One by one, the earlier four incarnations of the doctor are being plucked out of the space-time continuum, and placed into the dreaded Death Zone. Originally used by the Time Lords for organizing gladiatorial matches between various races, Rassilon closed the Death Zone, and forbade the use of the Time Scoop. So, who is doing this, and more importantly, why? It's up to the Doctor (all of them) to figure it out.
This Doctor Who book is based on the episode of the same name. Although "based on" might be generous. This book is the episode in print, which means that it does not contain any surprises for anyone who has seen the show. That said, it is an exciting, well-written book, and I enjoyed it immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who -The Five Doctors (A Target book), 1 Sep 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who-The Five Doctors (A Target book) (Paperback)
Fast, fun and informative. This book seeks to sort out the flaws in the televised episode from 1983. The Five Doctors was a missed oportunity in terms of story but it did set up future events. Not only did we at last see the other mysterious founder of the Time Lord society, Rassilon (previously mentioned in The Deadly Assassin) but we see future seeds being sown for use later in the Seventh Doctor's story 'Remembrance of the Daleks.'

This book however expands upon what is seen in the 20th Anniversary television special 'The Five Doctors' and includes some explanations for little niggling plot hole and unexplained story elements.
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