- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Dr Who (20 July 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0426204476
- ISBN-13: 978-0426204473
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sorcerer's Apprentice (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) Paperback – 20 Jul 1995
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A novel featuring the first Doctor, Barbara, Ian and Susan. The Doctor is pushed to explain the uncanny events in Elbyon. Creatures roam the forests, dragons belch fire at knights and wizards cast spells. The Doctor has to reconcile himself with the magic of which he doubts the very existence.
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The time-travellers are immediately plunged into trouble when they arrive and are locked out by the TARDIS's defence systems. Something very powerful and very dangerous is on the loose and the time-machine automatically defends itself. This leaves its crew in a bit of a pickle; a situation that is exacerbated when a huge fire-breathing dragon attacks them and injures Barbara. Ian gallantly flies to her rescue and with the help of a mysterious knight he defeats the beast. This leads to the travellers becoming embroiled in the machinations of an evil sorcerer and his ape-like henchmen, resulting in quest to save the kingdom whilst searching for the mystical `Merlin's Helm'; the key to who or what will have ultimate power throughout the land.
Bulis has stayed true to the characters of the time-travellers although there is scant evidence of The Doctor's trademark irascibility (apart from an early verbal skirmish with Ian). The story flows nicely and there are some nice touches where The Doctor appears to be using magic. Overall this is a solid read.
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It all starts when they land the TARDIS in a place that looks remotely like Earth. However much to their dismay & the Doctor's horror they meet a dragon. Even worse they can't get back into the TARDIS, it has locked them out. From there they go on to meet wizards, Kings, and much more. Naturally like all fantasy stories there is a good wizard and an evil wizard... people are kidnapped & the Doctor is sent off on a quest to find Merlin's Helm so that the people can be rescued. Which you'll have to read the rest for yourself, but again overall the book is brilliant fun. I'm not much of a magical fantasy lover myself, but its interlaced with science in a way that makes it all so very interesting. So enjoy. Oh, & did I forget to mention there are also witches? :)
I found the story quite enjoyable. The setting is an excellent change of pace for Doctor Who, and Christopher Bulis populates the story with a variety of memorable characters. The crew of the TARDIS are thrust into a world that shouldn't exist, and cannot re-enter the TARDIS due to some automatic defence mechanism which has activated for no apparent reason. (There is a reason, of course - but it is so integrally tied up with the conclusion of the story that I won't say any more about it!)
Needing to re-enter the TARDIS to leave, the Doctor is obliged to study magic in order to learn the way in which this world works. Kidnapped by Marton Dhal, Susan too gains some magical skills. However, as you'd expect, there's more to all this magic than meets the eye as the travellers and the inhabitants of Elbyon discover at the climax of the book.
Mr Bulis has a good descriptive turn of prose which makes it easy to envisage what this story might have looked like, but not if made with the technology used when this stories supposed contemporaries were made. I'm sure it would have been a visual treat.