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Doctor Who: Players Mass Market Paperback – 26 Apr 1999
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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.
About the Author
Terrance Dicks worked on scripts for The Avengers as well as other series before becoming Assistant and later full Script Editor of Doctor Who from 1968. Dicks worked on the entirety of the Jon Pertwee Third Doctor era of the programme, and then turned to writing for the show, scripting Tom Baker's first story as the Fourth Doctor. Terrance has written many original Doctor Who novels for BBC Books.
Top Customer Reviews
The often disliked 6th Doctor is written as he should have been on TV. A bit brash and arrogant, but still well within the confines of the role of the Doctor. Dicks also seizes the opportunity to get him out of his usual costume, a little bit redundant in novel form, but still a show of what could have been had Colin Baker not been written for so badly back in the 80's. As previously mentioned the 2nd Doctor is also present, albeit in flashback and he is well represented too. The one downside to the Doctor(s) is Uncle Terry tends to be a bit generic, and at times you forget it's the 6th you are reading about.
The historical characters are all really well done, and portrayed just as you'd imagine them. The King being a Nazi sympathiser and more interested in marrying an actress than his role as a Monarch, von Ribbentrop being sneaky and underhand and Wallace Simpson seemingly manipulating events. History really does come alive on the page, a good thing in my opinion. The enemy of the novel are the titular Players, an enemy kind of like War Lord / War Chief from The War Games but different enough so Mr Dicks doesn't get a lawsuit.Read more ›
The characterisations of the Doctor and Peri are fairly superficial, and they largely seem to exist as props for the narrative which features mysterious `Players' tinkering with time and attempting to influence those periods in which Churchill becomes more powerful and prominent. The Doctor and Peri are not the characters that they could be, and really could be just about anyone who happens to be in the right place at the right time.
Overall, not a great Doctor Who story, not a great Sixth Doctor story, and while it's nice to have Terrance Dicks represented in the writers for the 50th anniversary commemoration stories, I feel certain there was a better story that could have been put up, and a better story lurking in the skeleton of this specific story.
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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. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pete
A good, well written tale. Plenty of action and intrigue- all together an entertaining read.Published 22 months ago by MistyDee
The main villains in this spend their time being dull, clichéd and useless – but fear not there is much else about this story that more than makes up for that. Read morePublished 23 months ago by P. J. Dunn
Terrance Dicks was the script editor of Doctor Who during the end of the Patrick Troughton years and all of the Jon Pertwee era as well as stories for Tom Bakers Doctor and Peter... Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2014 by rob w
The equal best ever Who novel in my view.It's very rare that I read a book twice.Excellent characters and plot. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2014 by suffolk and proud
Really enjoyed this adventure - Terrance Dicks really understands how to write a great Doctor Who storyPublished on 15 July 2014 by Rob