Doctor Who and the Crusaders


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BOOK DETAILS

Pages 160
ISBN 0-426-11316-0
Publication Date 1965

SYNOPSIS

1965 Frederick Muller edition

From unknown Space, the Tardis returns to Earth, but not to the world Ian and Barbara know. The little blue telephone box has wheeled sharply in the cosmos and cut back through the pattern of history to the struggle between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, Crusader v. Saracen.

When Barbara is captured by the Saracens and later kidnapped by the monstrous El Akir, Ian appeals to Richard for help, but despite having achieved a splendid victory over Saladin at Arsuf the English King has his own troubles and cannot assist him. So Ian sets out to rescue Barbara alone, while The Doctor becomes involved in court intrigues.

In a dramatic climax, Ian finds himself fighting for his life in the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth century, where only the cleverest and strongest survive.

Readers of Doctor Who’s adventure with the Daleks and Doctor Who and the Zarbi will find here all the excitement that made those books firm favourites with youngsters of all age groups.

1967 Green Dragon edition

Back through time go Dr. Who, Ian and Barbara – back to the twelfth century, to Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades.

Barbara is captured by the Saracens. Adventure piles on adventure as Ian and Dr. Who, in their different ways, attempt to rescue her. This is a book brimful of excitement!

1973 Target Books edition

Back on Earth again, Tardis lands DOCTOR WHO and his friends into the midst of the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth-century Crusades. Soon the adventurers are embroiled in the conflict between Richard the Lionheart and the Sultan Saladin, ruler of the warlike Saracens.

`They’re well-written books-adventure stories, of course, but with some thought…the creation of the character of the Doctor had a touch of genius about it.’ Westminster Press

1982 Target Books edition

Within minutes of the TARDIS’ arrival on twelfth century Earth, the First Doctor and his companions are in serious trouble.

They happen to intercept a Saracen attack on Richard the Lionheart, thereby enabling the English King to escape otherwise certain capture.

But Barbara is kidnapped and carried off by the Saracens to the Sultan Saladin’s court.

Saladin spares her life — on condition she entertains his court by telling stories. And, like Scheherazade, if she fails, then she must die…

2011 BBC paperback edition

“I admire bravery, sir. And bravery and courage are clearly in you in full measure. Unfortunately, you have no brains at all. I despise fools.”

Arriving in the Holy Land in the middle of the Third Crusade, The Doctor and his companions run straight into trouble. The Doctor and Vicki befriend Richard the Lionheart, but must survive the cut-throat politics of the English court. Even with the king on their side, they find they have made powerful enemies.

Looking for Barbara, Ian is ambushed — staked out in the sand and daubed with honey so that the ants will eat him. With Ian unable to help, Barbara is captured by the cruel warlord El Akir. Even if Ian escapes and rescues her, will they ever see The Doctor, Vicki and the TARDIS again?

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 27 March–17 April 1965.

Featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell, and his companions Ian, Barbara and Vicki.

2016 BBC hardcover edition

From unknown Space, the Tardis returns to Earth, but not to the world Ian and Barbara know. The little blue telephone box has wheeled sharply in the cosmos and cut back through the pattern of history to the struggle between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, Crusader v. Saracen.

When Barbara is captured by the Saracens and later kidnapped by the monstrous El Akir, Ian appeals to Richard for help, but despite having achieved a splendid victory over Saladin at Arsuf the English King has his own troubles and cannot assist him. So Ian sets out to rescue Barbara alone while The Doctor becomes involved in court intrigues. In a dramatic climax, Ian finds himself fighting for his life in the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth century, where only the cleverest and strongest survive.

Readers of Doctor Who’s adventure with the Daleks and Doctor Who and the Zarbi will find here all the excitement that made those books firm favourites with youngsters of all age groups.

NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES


  • Prologue

  1. Death in the Forest
  2. The Knight of Jaffa
  3. A New Scheherazade
  4. The Wheel of Fortune
  5. The Doctor in Discrace
  6. The Triumph of El Akir
  7. The Will of Allah
  8. Demons and Sorcerers

DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY

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