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|Doctor Who and The Crusaders|
|Based on:||The Crusade|
|Companion(s):||Barbara, Ian, Vicki|
|Main enemy:||El Akir|
|Main setting:||Palestine, the 1190s|
|Publisher:||Frederick Muller (original edition)|
Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co (reprints)
|Release number:||12 (given to later editions)|
|Release date:||1965 (Muller edition)|
May 1973 (Target version)
July 2011 (BBC Books version)
|Format:||Hardcover and paperback editions, 160 Pages (Target paperback edition)|
|Doctor Who - Frederick Muller (original release)|
Doctor Who - Target novelisation (reprints)
|Doctor Who and the Zarbi||The Space Museum|
Doctor Who and the Crusaders was the third and last of the original trilogy of Doctor Who novelisations published in the mid-1960s, years prior to the launch of the Target novelisation range.
- This novelisation is based on the original television serial usually called The Crusade, which included individual episode titles. It was written by David Whitaker and shown from 27 March 1965. The book was originally published by Frederick Muller in 1965 and was the last Doctor Who novelisation to be published until Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion in 1974.
- In 1973, this novel, along with the two preceding Frederick Muller books, was reprinted by Target Books, launching its long-running line of novelisations.
- The 1965 first edition was the first Doctor Who novel to include an image of the TARDIS on the cover. It was also the first novelisation cover to not depict the Doctor (this wouldn't happen again for more than a decade).
- The 2011 re-release featured an introduction by Charlie Higson.
1965 Frederick Muller edition
From unknown Space, the Tardis returns to Earth, but not to the world Ian and Barbara know. The little blue telephone box has wheeled sharply in the cosmos and cut back through the pattern of history to the struggle between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, Crusader v. Saracen.
When Barbara is captured by the Saracens and later kidnapped by the monstrous El Akir, Ian appeals to Richard for help, but despite having achieved a splendid victory over Saladin at Arsuf the English King has his own troubles and cannot assist him. So Ian sets out to rescue Barbara alone, while the Doctor becomes involved in court intrigues.
In a dramatic climax, Ian finds himself fighting for his life in the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth century, where only the cleverest and strongest survive.
Readers of Doctor Who's adventure with the Daleks and Doctor Who and the Zarbi will find here all the excitement that made those books firm favourites with youngsters of all age groups.
1967 Green Dragon edition
Back through time go Dr. Who, Ian and Barbara - back to the twelfth century, to Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades.
Barbara is captured by the Saracens. Adventure piles on adventure as Ian and Dr. Who, in their different ways, attempt to rescue her. This is a book brimful of excitement!
1973 Target Books edition
Back on Earth again, Tardis lands DOCTOR WHO and his friends into the midst of the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth-century Crusades. Soon the adventurers are embroiled in the conflict between Richard the Lionheart and the Sultan Saladin, ruler of the warlike Saracens.
`They’re well-written books-adventure stories, of course, but with some thought…the creation of the character of the Doctor had a touch of genius about it.’ Westminster Press
1982 Target Books edition
Saladin spares her life -- on condition she entertains his court by telling stories. And, like Scheherazade, if she fails, then she must die...
2011 BBC edition
"I admire bravery, sir. And bravery and courage are clearly in you in full measure. Unfortunately, you have no brains at all. I despise fools."
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.
- Death in the Forest
- The Knight of Jaffa
- A New Scheherazade
- The Wheel of Fortune
- The Doctor in Discrace
- The Triumph of El Akir
- The Will of Allah
- Demons and Sorcerers
Deviations from televised story
- Mention is made of a trip to Tyron.
- Barbara and Vicki play Martian Chess in the TARDIS at the start of the novel.
- The Doctor has a lengthy discussion with Ian about altering time and the rights and wrongs in the universe.
- David Campbell, whom Susan Foreman left the TARDIS in The Dalek Invasion of Earth to marry, is referred to in the opening chapter of this novelisation as "David Cameron". (His UK prime minister namesake was born a year after the book was published.)
- El Akir manages to inflict several strokes of his lash on Barbara before Ian rescues her.
Writing and publishing notes
- One of three titles brought by Target from Frederick Muller that were used to launch their own series of Doctor Who novelisations.
- The hardback edition illustrations were retained.
- Quickly sold out of the first 20,000 copies and was reprinted.
- Title page of the Target edition includes: “THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration and others contained within this book portray the first DOCTOR WHO whose physical appearance was later transformed when he discarded his worn-out body in favour of a new one.”
- The 2011 edition features an introduction by Charlie Higson, best known for writing the Young Bond novel series, focusing on the adventures of a teenaged James Bond.
This story was released in a five-CD format. It was read by William Russell (Ian). It was later released in the limited edition in Travels in Time and Space alongside the audio releases of Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks and Doctor Who and the Zarbi.
- Includes fifteen illustrated pages by Henry Fox
- The 1967 Green Dragon edition include six illustrations by an uncredited John Woods (who had drawn the illustrations for 'Dr Who and the Zarbi', and also contributed to the 1960s Dalek annuals) that were not featured in the Muller/Target editions
Additional cover images
British publication history
To be added First Publication:
- W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- Paperback: Target Books / Virgin Publishing Ltd. UK 1982 Cover by Andrew Skilleter (£1.35 UK)
- Paperback: BBC Books UK 2011 Cover by Chris Achilleos
Editions published outside Britain
To be added