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Doctor Who: The Massacre (Doctor Who Library) Paperback – December, 1987


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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who Library
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Carol Pub Group; New edition edition (December 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042620297X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426202974
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James J. J. Janis on January 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
John Lucarotti enjoys history and it shows. One of the sadly destroyed Doctor Who stories. The Massacre is the story of the The De Medici Massacre of the Huguenots on St Bartholomew's Day. It is also the story of the Doctor's involvement and his inability to do any thing to prevent it. History must not be changed. As such, it is a tragic tale all around. Lucarotti tells it well. The writing is solid with just enough description and character shadings to bring things to life. As the reader can use his or her imagination, Lucarotti also has a bigger budget than the show ever did and the Paris of 1572 comes to life. As should be the case with a historical story, the reader will come away with much knowledge of the events leading up to the Massacre, the politics and the personages involved and, while ultimatly sad, it is still a rousing adventure filled with suspense and intrique. And, as I've remarked in another review, Steven Taylor was a great companion. A good solid read.
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This is John Lucarotti's adaptation of his own script. It deservedly has a reputation for being a particularly grim piece.
The story centres around the plight of the Huguenots in 1572, and reaches its climax on St Bartholomew's Day with the massacre of the French Protestants. The Doctor goes off to visit the apothecary Charles Preslin, leaving his solitary companion Steven to amuse himself. Like everyone of the Doctor's companions, Steven manages to get involved in dangerous events.
As Steven endeavours to assist his new Huguenot friends, he sees someone he recognises as the Doctor, but the Huguenot state that this is their enemy, the Abbot of Amboise. Is the Doctor somehow involved in the politics of the time?
The TV story ends with the arrival of new companion, Dodo. The novel doesn't - instead, it features the Doctor undergoing questioning from some Time Lords in regard to his involvement in the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre, which sheds some interesting light on the story.
Sadly, this story no longer exists in a video form...
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