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The Witch Hunters (novel)

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The Witch Hunters
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Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Susan, Ian, Barbara
Main enemy: Reverend Samuel Parris
Abigail Williams
Main setting: Salem Village, Massachusetts
11 to 16 January and 29 June to 19 July 1692 and 14 January 1693
Bristol, 9 November 1954
Earth, 8 September 1742
Danvers, Massachusetts, the late 20th century
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Steve Lyons
Release details
Release number: 9
Release date: 2 March 1998
Format: Paperback Book, 279 Pages
ISBN 0-563-40579-1
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The Witch Hunters was the ninth BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel. It featured the First Doctor, Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. It was the first BBC Books novel to feature this line up of Doctor/companions, and the first novel overall since Virgin Publishing's PROSE: The Sorcerer's Apprentice in 1995.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Reverend Samuel Parris, Minister of Salem, follows three strangers in the forest beyond the village — a forest which is traditionally believed to be the source of much evil. He hears movement through the trees, steps forward and makes a terrible discovery. It is one which will change life in Salem forever.

The TARDIS arrives in Salem Village, Massachusetts, 1692. The Doctor wishes to effect repairs to his ship in peace and privacy, and so his companions — Ian, Barbara and Susan — decide to "live history" for a week or so. But the friendships they make are abruptly broken when the Doctor ushers them away, wary of being overtaken by the tragic events he knows will occur.

Upon learning the terrible truth of the Salem witch trials, Susan is desperate to return — at any price. Her actions lead the TARDIS crew into terrible jeopardy, and her latent telepathy threatens to help the tragedy escalate way out of control...

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Individuals Edit

  • While in Salem Village, Barbara and Susan pose as Ian's wife and daughter, Barbara and Susan Chesterton, in order to avoid suspicion. They claim to be from Boston.
  • The Doctor and Susan attend a performance of The Crucible by Arthur Miller in Bristol on 9 November 1954.
  • In 1954, Barbara was a student teacher in Cricklewood, London, living in a rented room. She briefly considers, although not seriously, getting on a train to London, finding her younger self and telling her what the next nine years have in store for her. Ian recalls that Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time.
  • Susan does not share her grandfather's view that it is impossible to change history.
  • Ian is not religious.
  • Susan appears to have only one heart.

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