David Collings reads this original novel adventure for the First Doctor and his companions, set in the 17th century during the Salem witch trials.
With the Doctor wanting to repair the TARDIS in peace, his companions, Barbara, Ian and Susan, decide to get some experience of living in the nearby village of Salem. But the Doctor knows about the horrors destined to engulf the village and determines that they should leave.
Susan has her own ideas and is desperate to return to Salem whatever the cost. Yet her actions will lead them all into terrible danger and cause the tragedy that is already unfolding to escalate out of control.
Featuring the First Doctor as played on TV by William Hartnell.
©2016 Steve Lyons (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Limited
It's been 20 odd years since I read the crucible, I'd loved the story of childhood bullies causing mysery to all those around them by simply telling tales. However I'd read it not knowing the historical truth surrounding those events. Now with this book and reading of it the past is brought to vivid life and the true horror of the Salem witch trials is brought uncomfortabley home in all it's bloody gore. A fantastic novel well read. Possibly one of the doctors best ever historical tales
"Well written, but slow"
While I found the book well written and well researched, I was strangely uninvolved. There were certainly some very interesting moments, but to my mind there were just as many dull spots. Lyons certainly evoked the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who.
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