- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Dr Who; New edition edition (12 Sept. 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0426201701
- ISBN-13: 978-0426201700
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who-The Myth Makers (Doctor Who library) Paperback – 12 Sep 1985
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While Dr. Who is often fondly remembered for its slipshod production values (disused quarries as barren planets etc.), it's worth remembering that the show featured its fair share of cracking storylines. One of Dr. Who's infamous "lost" episodes, with only the soundtrack remaining, Myth Makers allows a wonderfully inventive take on Greek myths to shine through (aided by Peter Purves' scene-setting narration), without the distraction of dodgy sets. When the TARDIS lands in ancient Greece, the original Doctor (William Hartnell) and his companions get mixed up with Greek Gods and the Trojan War. Mistaken for the great god Zeus by Achilles, Agamemnon and Odysseus, the Doctor is forced is to come up with a plan to defeat the Trojans--in just two days. Meanwhile, companions Steven and Vicky have been taken prisoner by the Trojans. To prove her loyalty, Vicky must come up with a plan to defeat the Greeks in the same time. However, for the Doctor, a certain plan involving a giant wooden horse may save him, but doom the others. Mixing the staples of historical adventure with farce, bolstered with a literate, witty script makes Myth Makers hugely enjoyable, a must for fans and excellent reminder of the series' early inventiveness. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Though the reader, Stephen Thorne, has no direct connection with the original serial... his boisterous tones are perfect for relating this tale of overblown legendary heroes and villains." (Richard McGinlay http://www.sci-fi-online.com) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The story leads straight on from the previous serial 'Galaxy 4', and involves the First Doctor, Vicki and Steven becoming embroiled in the war between the Greeks and the Trojans, during the infamous Battle of Troy. Donald Cotton's script utilises a lot of the Homeric characters of Achilles, King Priam, Helen of Troy (never actually seen, but mentioned), Troilus, Odysseus and so on. The historical factor is slightly marred by the fact that the events of the Trojan War have never been revealed as factual, but more of a mythical story told by bards and poets of ancient times. However, the educational factor is still there, and Cotton uses his various sources of Homer, Virgil and Shakespeare well to create a well-paced four-part drama that also delivers a high level of entertainment.Read more ›
Donald Cotton's superb novelisation of his story `The Myth Makers' brings William Hartnell's Doctor to Troy for a brilliantly entertaining, mostly comic conclusion to the war, with the Wooden Horse and all that ... and some rather confused Greeks and Trojans confronted with a magical blue box and its three occupants, one of whom may or may not be Zeus, but who claim to be travellers in Time and Space. No wonder Homer left that part out!
Sadly, the television episodes are mysteriously `lost', I assume since Odysseus and his Ithacan horde stormed Television Centre, because obviously nobody would just wipe the tapes of these classics, would they? (!) The soundtrack exists and tells an excellent and (in part 4 especially) different and far more serious story than the novel, but having now heard the two surviving versions I prefer the novelisation and it's the wonderful Audiobook of that which is reviewed here.
Donald Cotton's sparkling 1985 novelisation of his scripts turns the original story into a `Homer's-eye view' account of the closing events of the Trojan War, as witnessed by the poet as a young man and now told by him, in old age, to a visitor to his olive grove. There, Homer sits in the sun among ancient ruins, eating goats' cheese and recounting his astonishing adventure.
And he does so, splendidly, in a literary voice somewhere between P.G. Wodehouse and Jerome K.Read more ›
Based on the television serial of the same name, Doctor Who: The Myth Makers sets the Doctor and his companions Steven and Vicki to one of the most infamous wars of ancient history. Unfortunately, none of this serial exists anymore, save for a few seconds of footage. The only way you're going to know the events at this point of time is to read this book. Anyway, the Doctor is the first to exit the TARDIS and is believed by the Greeks (most of them) to be Zeus, because of the way the TARDIS appeared. Steven goes out after him while Vicki remains behind. The TARDIS however is found by Paris and he orders his men to carry it into Troy. Vicki comes out and is assumed to be a priestess of power, much to the displeasure of the city's high priestess Cassandra.
At the Greek camp, the Doctor's disguise is soon foiled and he is forced by King Agammemnon and hero Odysseus to construct a means of ensuring their victory over the Trojans. King Priam expects a similar thing of Vicki by predicting what the Greeks are going to do, and renames her Cressida. Steven aims to rescue them both, with the the willing help of one Greek poet named Homer, the legendary author of epics The Illiad aoctornd The Odyssey. The heroes must now work on separate sides to rejoin one another and return to the TARDIS. It will not be easy, as one of them faces an agonising choice. And when that choice is made, it is the Doctor who pays the price.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
‘The Myth Makers’ sees the Tardis dematerialise upon the plains of ancient Asia thrusting the Doctor and his companions into one of the most pivotal periods of human history, the... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2015 by Alaran
The Myth Makers was always a great slightly left field story for the Police Box Show (try out the soundtrack CD and you'll also be wishing they had all the episodes intact). Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2014 by Bob Marlowe
Noy quite legend but enjoyable and a good listen. Shame the BBC lost it. Sound creates great images of Troy.Published on 7 Aug. 2013 by SalfordRed2
this book is quite a good story made more important by not being on film no more well worth a readPublished on 1 May 2013 by paul
Another great example of how the Target novelisations often transcended the TV stories they adapted, Donald Cotton's novel is a historical tour de force; the epic scale of the... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2010 by Captain Pugwash
This is another enjoyable release in the range of audiobook versions of the Target range of DOCTOR WHO novelisations first released in the 1970s and 1980s. Read morePublished on 29 July 2009 by Emanon
Stephen Thorne gives a fantastic reading of one of the finest ever Doctor Who novelisations from Target books. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2008 by D. Mason