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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Anniversary Reissue, 30 July 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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Doctor Who: Sands Of Time: The Monster Collection Edition.
256 Page Paperback Novel.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Nyssa, Tegan.
Main enemy: Nephthys.
Publisher: Virgin Books.
Writer: Justin Richards.
Release number: 22.

Trivia.
1)Nyssa is chosen as the host for Nephthys.
2)Nephthys is released when the canopic jar containing her reasoning is broken while robbers are plundering her pyramid.
3)The Doctor makes a passing reference to Scaroth & his involvement in the construction of the Pyramids of Giza.
4)The final passage of the book has Marcus Scarman arriving for dinner at Lord Kenilworth's in 1896.
5)Tegan tells the Doctor that her sense of adventure died in Amsterdam.
6)The death of Adric is discussed several times by Tegan & the Doctor, specifically why the Doctor cannot use the Tardis to save him & the emotional impact it has had on them.
7)This novel continues many of the themes in the television story Pyramids of Mars & functions as both a prequel & a sequel.
8)The phenomenon of the Web of Time & the Doctor's inability to change history despite his limitless ability to travel in time is central to the novel, It is discussed several times by the Doctor & Tegan, The Doctor does mention that he has seen history changed, but that it requires "fantastic power" & is often disastrous.
9)Tegan attempts to change history in a minor way, However, events end up not being changed at all something that doesn't surprise the Doctor.
10)The cover of Sands of Time differs from it's previous BBC release as here a Servitor robots is seen wrapped in mummy-like wrappings which were featured in the Fourth Doctor Adventure tv story; Pyramids of Mars.

Plot Synopsis.
Arriving in Victorian London, the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa & Tegan run straight into trouble: Nyssa is kidnapped in the British Museum by Egyptian religious fanatics; the Doctor & Tegan are greeted by a stranger who knows more about them than he should & invited to a very strange party.

Why are rooms already booked for the Doctor at the Savoy? How can Lord Kenilworth's butler Atkins be in Egypt & London at the same time? What is the history of the ancient mummy to be unwrapped at Kenilworth's house? & just what has all this got to do with Nyssa?

The Doctor's quest for answers leads him across continents & time as an ancient Egyptian prophecy threatens 1990s England, While the Doctor attempts to unravel the plans of the mysterious Sadan Rassul, mummies stalk the night & an ancient terror stirs in its tomb.

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Justin Richards is no stranger to writing Doctor Who novels or audiobooks & delivers a excellent prequel/sequel to the Fourth Doctors Pyramids Of Mars tv adventure that captures the characterizations of the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa & Tegan superbly.

Richard's story sees the Fifth Doctor battling against the servants of the Osirans, helped mainly by Atkins the butler while Nyssa is kidnapped yet again, poor ole Nyssa why is it she's constantly either kidnapped, poisoned or brainwashed as her character seems to get a raw deal in many Doctor Who stories & deserves to be written far better than the damsel in distress character.

The Doctor attempts to stay both inside & outside the flow of Time battling against Mummies, desert expeditions & ancient gods as the Doctor has to use his wits to unlock the mystery & save Nyssa as writer Justin Richards keeps a steady pace flowing throughout this novel & comes up with a clever devious prequel/sequel to Pyramids Of Mars & a shocking climax you won't see coming until it hits you towards the very end makes Sands Of Time well worth reading.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Sands of Time, 11 May 2014
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Justin Richards is an accomplished writer of Doctor Who novels; his works are always detailed in their continuity of the Doctor’s travels, well characterised, even when writing of established characters such as the well-known companions, and his stories are always interesting enough to exist outside of the Doctor Who realm as great novels themselves. This book was originally published in 1996, and has been republished in 2014 as part of the Monsters Collection of books.

In the great 1975 story Pyramids of Mars, the audience was introduced to Professor Marcus Scarman, an Egyptologist who in 1911 finds a pyramid inscribed with the Eye of Horus; but the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith are involved in that story, which involves the resurrection of the Osiran Sutekh who had been defeated and imprisoned centuries earlier by the Osirans.

The cover of this book, Sands of Time, features one of the servitor robots wrapped in mummy-like wrappings which were featured heavily in the Pyramids of Mars story, so the reader, if he/she is aware of the earlier story, knows that this is likely to feature the Osirans once again. A story heavily drenched in Egyptology, archaeology and mysteries of the desert and sky. And we are not disappointed. The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan land in a museum in 1896 and Nyssa disappears. But before that happens, the reader has been introduced to several inexplicable times and events – Egypt c. 5000 BC, Giza in Egypt 1896, Oxfordshire 1926 and London 1965. What could all these seemingly unrelated events and timeframes possibly have in common; and how could they be related to what has befallen Nyssa? Well, that’s the beauty of this story – even the Doctor is baffled to start with, as it seems that he and his companions may have arrived in the middle of their own story. Unravelling it all, and finding out what other Earth-threatening mysteries still remain for the Doctor to resolve, forms the narrative of this story. It is very timeline intensive, as people, events and timelines cross all over the place, so the reader must kept their wits about them. But at the end, we are satisfied that, once again the Doctor has put all things right in the universe for another day; and he, Nyssa and Tegan depart in the Tardis once more. And on Earth a new member joins the Royal Society in London; Professor Marcus Scarman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally back in print, 21 Mar 2014
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One of the best things about this Monster Collection range is that includes the republication of several out of print and hard to find books, this being one of them. For many years the ‘Sands of Time’ was only available at an exorbitant cost or as a PDF from the BBC Doctor Who website. Seeing as this is one of the best Fifth Doctor novels this seemed a terrible shame. It is a good thing that it is now possible to obtain a copy.

Effectively the novel is a sequel to the excellent ‘Pyramids of Mars’ (although, oddly, it also works as a prequel as well). Sensibly (because Sutekh’s story felt completed in a satisfactory way), Richards, doesn’t take the obvious path in bringing Sutekh back for another confrontation with the Doctor. Making use of Egyptian mythology he instead opts to focus on Sutekh’s sister, Nephthys (the sister wife of the Egyptian god of death, Seth). As such the plot follows her efforts to escape from where Horus imprisoned her mind. Thus the story is sufficiently different in style and content from ‘Pyramids of Mars’ but maintains enough elements to be reminiscent of it.

Nephthys is more of an ominous presence in the background throughout, leaving the action to the Egyptian High Priest, Rassul, and more of the famous, mummy disguised, service robots. Hence she doesn’t leave an impression as memorable as Sutekh. The service robots/mummies inevitably fulfil a similar role to before and little more. But they are undoubtedly one of the most impressive of ‘lumbering’ monsters. I’m not sure if they are the ‘monster’ that earns a place in this collection or whether it is the Osirians. Most likely it is both.

The Fifth Doctor is characterised very well and Richards has captured the essence of Peter Davison’s performance. Tegan is also pretty accurate and has a lot to do within the novel. This is mainly because Nyssa spends most of the novel out of the action. Despite being a major part of events there is actually very little of Nyssa in the story. Much of the secondary companion role is fulfilled by Atkins who has his own quite charming little sub-plot as well.

Most of the other characters are what might be expected from an ancient Egyptian themed story. They consist of eminent Egyptologists and archaeologists and their families or those that work for them. They all help to create a believable impression of late Victorian/early Edwardian England and the popular trend for Egyptian antiquities during this period.

This is an exceptionally well written and thought out novel and it is wonderful to see it back in print. And the last line is a great ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel to a classic Doctor Who televison story, 8 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Sands of Time: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC Paperback)) (Kindle Edition)
The Sands of Time is a follow-up to the classic Doctor Who television story Pyramids of Mars. Featuring the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa it sees the TARDIS team attempting to stop the reincarnation of Nepthys, sister and wife of Sutekh. Early in the story Nyssa disappears, so the Doctor and Tegan find themselves dashing from one time period to another in order to find her before she suffers a grisly fate in the service of Nepthys.

Richards' story is quite complex, but ultimately the threads do connect to provide a satisfying conclusion. The Doctor is well characterised, and it's easy to picture Peter Davison performing this - as the Doctor is breathless, inquisitive and endearing, just like the best of Davison's television stories. This means that The Sands of Time must stand as one of the best attempts to capture the spirit of the Fifth Doctor in print. Tegan also comes off well, less whiny and irritable then her earlier TV appearances, this is the more mature Tegan of S20 who by that time was more accepting of the Doctor.

The supporting characters are a little indistinct, but with such a good time-bending story and well-written regulars, this isn't too much of a problem. Particularly recommended for fans of the Davison Doctor, this is well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sibling to the Pyramids of Mars, 20 Aug 2014
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My draw to this book was that it would feature the Osiran mummies. This meant there was a high expectation given how good the pyramids of Mars is. This story lives up to that. The story keeps moving at a good pace and the multiple timeline threads add to a level of mystery.
The fifth doctor feels right in this story as do his companions and the guest characters feel well fleshed out.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommended it to anyone who like me is looking for new classic doctor stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who The Sands Of Time, 12 Aug 2014
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A very cleaverly written Doctor Who novel. I loved the references to Pyramids of Mars and Black Orchid.The Doctor and Tegan and Nyssa were written perfectly.I liked the story of accient eygpt told between the main story and the amazing twist at the end..The entire story took you through the ages of time..Briliant writing..I would definataly recommend this brilliant book to any hard core Doctor Who fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sands of time, 28 May 2014
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A good story for the fifth doctor, with a tie in to a fourth doctor story. Good twist towards the end. The story kept me hooked and is a must for doctor who fans, especially those who enjoy the classics.
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