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  • Published: 1 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849901901
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $24.99

Doctor Who and the Crusaders




The First Doctor meets Richard the Lionheart in the Third Crusade, in a new edition of a Doctor Who classic

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

  • Pub date: 1 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849901901
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

David Whitaker

David Whitaker was the first Story Editor for Doctor Who, and was responsible for finding and commissioning writers, and it was Whitaker as much as anyone who defined the narrative shape of Doctor Who. He wrote for the Doctor Who annuals, novelised the first Dalek story and worked with Terry Nation on various Dalek-related material including the hugely successful comic strip The Daleks. David Whitaker died in 1980. Terry Nation started as a comedy writer and performer, and was approached with an offer to work on Doctor Who, providing the seven episodes of the first ever Dalek story. After inventing the Daleks, Nation moved on to work on The Saint, The Champions and The Avengers. In the 1970s he scripted four more Dalek series - including Genesis of the Daleks which has been voted the best ever story in the series. Nation later devised the hugely popular BBC science fiction series Blake's 7. Terry Nation died in Los Angeles in 1996.

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