The War Games Novel Reading

The War Games
The War Games


David Troughton reads this thrilling novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure.

Mud, barbed wire, the smell of death…

The year was 1917 and the TARDIS had materialised on the Western Front during the First World War.

Or had it? For very soon The Doctor found himself pursued by the soldiers of Ancient Rome, and then he and his companions were reliving the American Civil War of 1863.

And was this really Earth, or just a mock-up created by the War Lords?

As Doctor Who solves the mystery, he has to admit he is faced with an evil of such magnitude that he cannot combat it on his own – he has to call for the help of his own people, the Time Lords.

So, for the first time, it is revealed who is Doctor Who – a maverick Time Lord who ‘borrowed’ the TARDIS without permission. By appealing to the Time Lords he gives away his position in Time and Space. Thus comes about the Trial of Doctor Who…

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  • When Jamie and Zoe leave to return to their own times, they depart in the dark-coloured SIDRAT the War Lord’s guards arrived in, not one of the lighter coloured TARDISes.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Time Lords(other than The Doctor, Susan Foreman and The Monk).
  • Clips were used in episode ten from The Web of Fear (the TARDIS in space), Fury from the Deep (the TARDIS landing in the sea) and The Wheel in Space (a Wheel exterior).
  • David Savile (Lieutenant Carstairs) is credits as ‘Lieutenant Carstairs’ for episode one, ‘Lieut. Carstairs’ for episodes two and three, and ‘Carstairs’ for episodes four to nine. He is billed as Lieutenant Carstairs in Radio Times for episodes one to three.

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