They do a great job of picking out some of the better old stories for the audio books This one is a first Doctor historical and I absolutely love It s very light on action but very heavy on character The story reveals an inexperienced Doctor who still has doubts about meddling with established history and even a morbid determination to defend it It s hard to go into details without getting spoilery but the story raises the uestion of how much of the established history is the way it is because of the TARDIS crew Would things have been different had they Not Shown Up Where shown up Where destined to show up Lots of good stuff to think about in this one The story is dark dark dark Not the gritty we re gonna cuss and throw in drug and sex references ind of dark you sometimes get in the VNA s but a psychological and depravity of the human soul ind of dark The entire TARDIS crew ends up stuggling with their own personal demons over the course of the book including a startling revelation of how far a young Doctor will go to protect historyA very dark and emotional tale with great characters I greatly enjoyed itOne point I did not like however was the narration I did not care for David Collings style at all He had a way of making all the characters sound like creepy grandparents and the way he stresses syllables can be off putting For example in some cases he makes the work god almost sound like 2 syllables The First Doctor seems to be the hardest for modern writers to characterize correctly but Steve Lyons gets it right I ve been re watching all my First Doctor serials for the first time in a long while recently and I have to say that I could hear William Hartnell s voice as I read Lyons dialogue for him In addition s voice as I read Lyons dialogue for him In addition Ian and Barbara were all written with their voices in tact as well I would even go so far as to say that this particular story could just as easily have been an episode penned by Dennis Spooner during the show s initial run though perhaps with a little less humor than Spooner tried to integrate into his scriptsThe reason why I picked up this particular First Doctor novel at the store as opposed to any of the others is that it took place during the Salem Witch Trials While I am a history enthusiast in general as it is what I did my undergrad in and studying for a mas Now one of my favourite books Steve Lyons has written a story that is not only truly gritty but a story that has great intrigue and historical accuracyBefore reading this I had only read one first doctor novel which was Ten Little Aliens which I thought was overrated and really uite dull I recently picked up the first edition of this book and boy I m so glad I did This is definitely one of the best Doctor Who books out there and I ll tell you why If you love pure historical stories then you MUST read this book Lyons has done a marvellous job of characterising the four main characters those being the first doctor Susan Ian and Barbara The supporting characters were also beautifully written and I liked how the writer used people who actually existed in that time one of them being Rebecca NurseThe Aztecs is one of my favourite Doctor Who stories and The Witch Hunters uses a famous line from The Aztecs which is you can t re write history not one line and it s used very well in this #STORY IRONICALLY THE DOCTOR HIMSELF WANTS #Ironically The Doctor himself wants change history but due to the laws of time he nows he can t Susan also wants to try and change things for the better an I can t shake off the idea that we re going to wind up separated from the Tardis and in some sort of troubleBarbara grinned and linked her arm around Ian s So business as usual thenIan laughed Business as usual I supposeWhen the Doctor and his granddaughter Susan take Barbara and Ian With the Doctor wanting to repair the TARDIS in peace and uiet Barbara Ian and Susan decide to get some experience of living in the nearby village of Salem But the Doctor nows about the horrors destined to engulf the village and deter.
Steve Lyons ´ 2 Free downloadNow why authors want to write a Doctor Who novel and then hardly feature him Anyway I ve lost interest Maybe these just aren t for me any though I d still probably give one a try if I found another by one of my favorite DW authors Jonathan Morris Mike Tucker Robert Perry Keith Topping Martin Day I ve always considered the Doctor Who novels to be a weaker offshoot of the main television series Bound by continuity unable to make major alterations to the development of characters or stories I had an image of them as being Superficial Adventures As Entertaining adventures
As Entertaining These Can Be I Was Given The Witchentertaining these can be I was given The Witch by Steve Lyons about 5 or 6 years ago as a birthday present and decided to read it now It was published in 1998 during what fans consider the wilderness years of the show after it had been cancelled in 1989 and before its return in 2005 Set in Massachusetts 1692 the story focuses around the tragic events of the Salem Witch Trials It features the First Doctor Susan Ian and Barbara and fits between The Reign of Terror and Planet of the Giants around 1964 The historical setting is the most striking aspect of the novel Doctor Who up until 1966 or so featured freuent historicals in which the travelers would land in a period of Earth s history and be the only alien influence seen during the story I rather #miss that format it would be nice now to see the Doctor travel back in time and not #that format it would be nice now to see the Doctor travel back in time and not aliens cause Mt Vesuvius to erupt for Shakespeare not to be influenced by witches etc But I digress There was a point half way into the novel where I feared the antagonist would be revealed as supernatural witches but it soon became clear this uncertainty was Lyons intention to make the mass hysteria appear all the powerful This tactic most definitely worked I also enjoy the TARDIS landing on what seems like Earth but the travelers having no idea where they are I wish that too would happen freuently in the new series but then nowadays there isn t time for explorationMass hysteria is a concept I in my snug stable society have always struggled to understand but Lyons approach to the subject is both tactful and enlightening Even before the Doctor explains it the tight nit claustrophobic community crippled by mourning and paranoia is developed through virtually every page and the reader believes that such hysteria could occur in this village Actually these conditions finally provide a decent excuse for Othello I m still not entirely convinced by the explanation for the children s well timed fits during the courts but a combination of the puritanical society denying them an outlet for energy the regular abuse they face living on the edge of the Known World with all the trauma that entails and the fundamental religious belief all comes together to create a psychological state I could scarcely imagine It is obvious Lyons has done his research My main criticism is that the religious aspect sometimes felt a little shoehorned Ian coming from the 1960s UK really wouldn t say something like your Bible Even if he himself is not religious possible after all of his experences he ll certainly have friends or family at home who are I get that the intention is to further portray this village as alien to the travelers but on this occasion it s a bit forcedThis is why I love historicals through a glance into different cultures different beliefs and different events they shine varying lights into human nature Humans become the enemy with all the ambigueties this entails The Witch Hunters is no different in portraying the dark side of humanity than we saw with the Aztecs and French Revolution on TV but what does make it different is the increased amount of cruelty we see This must have been when the novels entered their adult phas. E danger and cause the tragedy that is already unfolding to escalate out of control An adventure set in the 17th century Salem Witch Trials featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell and his companions Susan Ian and Barba. O Salem in the 1600 s they uickly find things #spiraling out of control Despite the Doctor s explicit warni I think this is the best Doctor Who novel I #out of control Despite the Doctor s explicit warni I think this is the best Doctor Who novel I read though admittedly I ve not read that many But first and foremost it captures the 1st Doctor and his first companions completely I could just picture this in black and white with the Doctor Ian Barbara and Susan I also love this as a pure history no aliens etc just the ugliness of seventeenth century America humans There are some bits wherein it s difficult to follow the time stream of the story this is not necessary told linear ly But I think the ending makes it worth it and the debate of whether the Doctor can change historyI also learned a lot about the Salem history and enjoyed the technical explanation of hysteria This is a definite recommend for any Doctor Who fans especially those who enjoy classic Who Now for all the years I have been reading Doctor Who novels this one has always been recommended to me by fellow readers saying this is one of the greatest Who Novels of all time but I will be honest I ve ind of put this one off because I use to not like pure historicals all that much but as I ve grown older I ve grown to enjoy this different style of story in the show so at long last I finally decided to give this a read And it was outstandingA well researched pure historical with a very bleak atmosphere and the feeling of hopelessness as we see not just our main characters put through hell because of the superstitions of the time but also characters we grow to Love Throughout The Course throughout the course this story This is a huge character piece for Susan too as we see her trying to change the course of history in order to save the lives of those she grew to love in her time at Salem Village but paying the price in her efforts We also get a different side of The 1st Doctor in this where he has to do something shocking in order to preserve history but also facing the guilt of that action Overall This was a brilliant novel that overwhelmed me with plenty of emotions from fear to hatred of the actions from some of the characters with a feeling of hopelessness but absolutely thrilled all the same 1010 Another great pure historical story set during the Salem witch trailsThe time travellers must not draw attention to themselves whilst The Doctor attempt to fix the TARDIS there s a real sense of paranoia in the airIt s an excellent read both the characters and the era are written perfectly It s one of the best First Doctor books Books involving the Daleks aside this is the best Doctor Who book I ve read to date Brilliantly written and pretty brutal and dark for a Doctor Who book A real treat I hadn t read one of these new adventures since before the show s revival Now that the show runners have pissed all over its legacy I thought I might look to them again for my fix but I just can t get into this one In this novel the TARDIS arrives in Salem in 1692 just about the time that the witchcraft hysteria is gearing up The Doctor s granddaughter Susan is horrified by what humans are doing to each other and is determined to break them out of their spell but the Doctor insists she can t change history and nows she will be devastated when she tries and fails I ve only seen a couple of the first Doctor s televised adventures but from what I see here he just doesn t have much of a personality He tugs on his lapels says Hmm a lot and refers to schoolteacher Ian Chesterton as my dear boy It s all very dry with none of the wit or humor evident in later incarnations In the half of the book that I read he s barely in it at all as the story focuses mostly on Susan and historical events Well if I want to read that I ll pick up The Crucible or something I don t Mines that they should leaveHis friends are not impressed His granddaughter Susan has her own ideas and is desperate to return whatever the cost But perhaps the Doctor was right Perhaps Susan’s actions will lead them all into terribl.