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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Fifth Doctor Novel
Crystal Bucephalus ( Doctor Who The Missing Adventures).

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272 Page Paperback Novel
Author: Craig Hinton

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The Crystal Bucephalus is a restaurant where the guests are projected back in time to sample food & drink of a bygone age, When the galaxy's most notorious crime boss is murdered in the Bucephalus, the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Karma Kamelion
Craig Hinton's Missing Adventure featuring Peter Davison's Fifth incarnation of the nomadic Timelord is frankly pretty dull. The titular restaurant allows any diner to choose any restaurant from history to dine in, and the space/time Bucephalus machine will make it happen. The Doctor, his motor-mouthed Australian companion Tegan, and his other companion Turlough, are...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Fifth Doctor Novel, 14 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Crystal Bucephalus (The missing adventures) (Paperback)
Crystal Bucephalus ( Doctor Who The Missing Adventures).

Product Info.
272 Page Paperback Novel
Author: Craig Hinton

What's Up Doc?
The Crystal Bucephalus is a restaurant where the guests are projected back in time to sample food & drink of a bygone age, When the galaxy's most notorious crime boss is murdered in the Bucephalus, the Doctor along with his companions Tegan & Turlough are immediately arrested for the killing.

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This Fifth Doctor novel titled 'Crystal Bucephalus' is written by the late Craig Hinton & although it isn't quite as exciting as some of Hinton's other early Missing Adventures novels the author makes up with sheer enthusiasm & solid storytelling as 'Crystal Bucephalus' contains a strong intriguing plot, plenty of humourous scenes & great characterisation as Hintons storyline captures the tone of a Gareth Roberts type of Doctor Who adventure.

It isn’t all perfect though as the character of Kamelion proves like he did in the Tv series to be cumbersome & completely pointless character & why he's even featured on the novels illustrations serves no purpose whatsoever as he's not integral the plot as his token apperance spoils the relatively short section of the novel in which he appears in.

The idea of a time-travelling restaurant is a clever one as Hinton slowly builds up the story's suspense & adds a charming little murder mystery into the mix & who captures the boyish charm of the Fifth Doctor very well who is given a fair amount to do in this story.

Hinton writes a solid characterisation of the Doctor's companions too, capturing the bolishy mouth on legs Tegan & the mysterious enigmatic Turlough that despite the story's slow start the author soon builds up the novels pace & brings about a solid conclusion to the adventure as 'Crystal Bucephalus' is another solid entry in the Missing Adventures range & a wonderful insightful Fifth Doctor novel that's well worth a read.

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7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hinton makes his mark!, 15 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Crystal Bucephalus (The missing adventures) (Paperback)
This is a cracking read. Yes, it has continuity by the bucketful but strangely enough it isn't obtrusive. It is so obvious now that New Who has been influenced by this series of 1990 novels as well as the New Adventure range. The 'like a soap' accusations thrown at this book are surely pointless in the light of current episodes especially this week's 'The Lodger'...? Revel in Hinton's accurate characterisation, his coherent storytelling, great sense of fun and evident love of the show. Who else would be so sympathetic to Kamelion and get away with it? Read and enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Karma Kamelion, 13 April 2009
This review is from: Crystal Bucephalus (The missing adventures) (Paperback)
Craig Hinton's Missing Adventure featuring Peter Davison's Fifth incarnation of the nomadic Timelord is frankly pretty dull. The titular restaurant allows any diner to choose any restaurant from history to dine in, and the space/time Bucephalus machine will make it happen. The Doctor, his motor-mouthed Australian companion Tegan, and his other companion Turlough, are suddenly transported to the restaurant, only to discover that The Doctor is actually its owner! Rubbish robotic TV companion Kamelion (who adorns the front cover) also features, and has more involvement in it than he did in his entire televisual career. Anyway, the premise is intriguing but the final result is a bit flat. Hinton's writing style is an acquired taste and his constant references to Doctor Who and other Sci-fi trivia can become a bit gratuitous at times. Worth a read, but don't expect to be bowled over.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An unsatisfying meal, 6 July 2004
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This review is from: Crystal Bucephalus (The missing adventures) (Paperback)
Craig Hinton's debut Doctor Who novel is a decidedly dull piece concerning the struggle between a group of characters over a time-travelling restaurant. Amongst the soap-opera style shenanigans of the cast the resurrection of a long-dead religions founder is the sole bright spark in this mishmash of continuity and technobabble. For 5th Doctor completists only.
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