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Doctor Who: Players: 50th Anniversary Edition
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 1999
As is normal, TD managed to produce a fantastic books weaving in elements from previous Doc Who publications without runining the plot for newbies. I advise anyone who likes DW to buy it.
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on 27 July 2015
I enjoyed this book. I am a big doctor who fan, but am often quite critical of the books. I am quite hard to please. This one, however is one of the better ones. It's engaging, not hard work to read whilst not being simplistic, and is well written. The characterisation is good and the story flows in a way that stops it becoming boring or too predictable. For many years I was turned off by 6th doctor episodes and stories, but like many others I have come to reappraise this incarnation. This book is both doctor whoish in a way that some of the books aren't and a decent book in its own right. Recommended.
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on 3 June 2013
Terrance Dicks is not the best writer on the planet. He will never win a Booker Prize and he will never be a best seller. However, what Terrance Dicks does is thoroughly entertain his audience, get voices spot on, and provide a well-judged pace. 'Players' is a good example of all of that.

A clever conceit, a good use of history - manipulating real people (Churchill, Hitler, King Edward, Wallis Simpson...). It's a fun ride.

I must say it didn't quite have the pizazz of World Game, but it is still well worth a read.
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on 21 June 2013
The comfort blanket of an author who knows what he's doing and doing it well. 'More of the same' sounds like faint praise but you buy a Terrance Dicks novel knowing exactly what you'll get - a well-written adventure story steeped in the lore of the Doctor Who world. Players is a good choice for the 50th reprints - it's probably the best of his PDAs. You also get the bonus of a bit of Second Doctor as a Time Lord (remember, he was just a 'mysterious traveller' for most of his run) from the man who came up with the idea. Solid stuff.
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on 1 June 2015
An enjoyable and clever story from Terrance Dicks, with the Sixth Dr and Peri portrayed the way Terrance would have produced that era: there's proper camaraderie between the two rather than constant sniping, and the Doctor actually wears sensible clothing! An intriguing new enemy and good use of Winston Churchill, with nods back to The War Games make this a story worth reading...
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on 26 August 2014
The equal best ever Who novel in my view.It's very rare that I read a book twice.Excellent characters and plot.Please consider reading Palace of the Red Sun which I believe to be another classic.Why is it that quite a few of the novels are so much better than the tv stories?
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on 15 July 2014
Really enjoyed this adventure - Terrance Dicks really understands how to write a great Doctor Who story
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on 13 June 2015
A good, well written tale. Plenty of action and intrigue- all together an entertaining read.
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on 19 February 2015
iam forever reading doctor stories
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2013
Arriving on the sun-baked veldt in the middle of the Boer War, the Sixth Doctor is soon involved in the adventures of struggling politician and war correspondent Winston Churchill. Of course, he knows Churchill is destined for great things, but unseen forces seem to be interfering with Winston's historic career. The Doctor suspects the hidden hand of the Players, mysterious beings who regard human history as little more than a game. With time running out, can the Doctor find the right moves to defeat them?

An adventure featuring the Sixth Doctor as played by Colin Baker and his companion Peri
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