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Doctor Who and the Rebel's Gamble was the second of two paperback game book published by the American publisher FASA.

Publisher's summary

Something was seriously wrong with history... And the disappearance of a psychiatrist and his patient from the 20th century was only the beginning.

In this plot-your-own Doctor Who adventure, The Doctor and his companions travel back to America at the time of the Civil War. There, they learn that a time-loose rebel soldier has discovered how the war turned out and is hard at work making certain that this time around, the South wins!

Doctor Who plot-your-own adventures are a new concept in interactive fiction, combining the detail and depth of a novel with the fast-paced excitement of a role-playing game. As the intrepid Doctor, you make the decisions that determine the course of an adventure. Each decision leads you, step by step, through an unfolding story-plot, where your skill will make the crucial difference between success and failure.



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  • The book was designed to be compatible with FASA's The Doctor Who Role Playing Game, so that a character created in that game could be substituted for The Doctor; conversely, a game-master in the RPG could use the book to create a scenario.
  • Rolling dice was necessary to determine the outcome of some of the book's decisions; so the book could be enjoyed without dice, a random series of numbers was printed in the upper corner of every other page. The reader could flip through the pages and stop at a random place to simulate a dice roll.
  • Depending on the player's choices, it was possible in this story for the Doctor to become mortally wounded and attempt to regenerate. If the necessary dice rolls were successful the Doctor would regenerate, just this once managing to keep the same body and personality, and the player would resume the adventure.
  • The author originally wrote this novel to feature the Fourth Doctor, just as his previous novel in this range did. However, the cover artist painted a cover featuring the then-current Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown. Rather than have the cover repainted, FASA's editors rewrote the novel's references to the Fourth Doctor to refer instead to the Sixth and added Peri Brown, presumably in place of Fourth Doctor companion Sarah Jane Smith, but strangely left in Fourth Doctor companion Harry Sullivan. Author William Keith has made his dissatisfaction with FASA's edits known, calling the results "predictably abysmal." [1]

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