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Summary

The TARDIS lands in Paris in 1572 at the time of the massacre of the French Protestants at the hands of the Catholic Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici. Worryingly for the TARDIS crew, it appears that the hated Catholic dignitary the Abbot of Amboise is a dead ringer for the Doctor himself....

This is a four-part Doctor Who story from 1966, wiped from the BBC Archives, which exists on soundtrack only. Peter Purves supplies added narration to the story. The episodes have not been seen for more than thirty years, and given that they no longer exist in visual form, they are now audio exclusives. The Doctor is played by William Hartnell.

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gripping, historical drama

A surprisingly gritty historical Doctor Who drama here, dealing with sectarian genocide, political scheming and the human cost of such tragedy.

With the Doctor missing for much of the story, the lead falls to his assistant Steven. Peter Purves handles the spotlight surprisingly well.

As this is one of the lost stories [not even a tiny clip survives] this is the only way to enjoy it and experiencing it as an audio book rather than a TV show, you find yourself picturing 17th Century Paris instead of studio sets, which probably works in the drama's favour.

Very intelligent, well acted and with some beautifully written lines. Thank goodness for the obsessive fans of the programme who sat down at the TV with their tape recorders - if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be able to enjoy classics like this.

This show also sees the d?but of the Doctor's assistant Dodo.

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Great 1st Doctor Adventure

A compelling story wonderfully narated by Peter Purvis. I would definitely listen to it again.

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  • Bob "I can smell your feet" M.
  • 26-06-12

Some Details Missing, But Overall- Average

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Most of my friends are not Doctor Who fans. Those who are, are from the newest revival of the series. I would only recommend this to a die hard fans of the entire series.

This audiobook is taken from the audio track of the TV series with a narrator filling in a few details that are lost without video. A few more details would have made this story more complete. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but I am glad I didn't spend a lot on it.

What aspect of William Hartnell and full cast ???s performance would you have changed?

The cast performance was fine. It would have made more sense with better narration.

Do you think Doctor Who needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This question needs makes no sense sense the Doctor Who series has countless audio and paper books, comic books, it's own magazine and the longest running sci-fi series ever.

Any additional comments?

Die hard Whovian's, this audiobook is for you. Never heard of Doctor Who or not sure what the series is about...this isn't a good starting point.

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  • Chris Coyne
  • 30-04-15

History at its worst.

You think after the Doctor and Steven defeated the Daleks in the last story, they would get a little break. A nice holiday in Paris maybe, not if past adventures were to go by. As the title says, there's going to be a massacre. Parodist Ants vs Catholics never a happy event. Are heroes are in the thick of it. The Doctor vanishes after the first episode and doesn't appear into last. Steven is left to fend for himself for most of story. To add to confusion their is a Doctor look like who is a bad guy. William Hartnell getting a chance to play someone else for awhile. No happy ending in this story. Well they do add a new companion in the last 5 minutes of the show. The schoolgirl Dodo. Good luck kid.