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Doctor Who and the Visitation:  The Edwardian Cricketer Media Review

Doctor Who and the Visitation: The Edwardian Cricketer Media Review

5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan

Author: EdwardianCricketer/Tuesday, November 14, 2017/Categories: Blog, Book Review

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Doctor Who and The Visitation, by Eric Saward, Target 1982.

Number 69 in the Doctor Who Library. 121 pages, paperback.

Original script by Eric Saward, BBC 1982.


This adventure features the 5th Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan.



Intending to bring his Australian flight attendant companion, Tegan Jovanka, home to Heathrow Airport in 1981, the Doctor lands the TARDIS in the right place, but in the wrong time. While exploring the rural setting, the TARDIS crew meets thespian turned somewhat highwayman Richard Mace and it’s soon revealed that they are in September 1666 on the outskirts of London. Mace tells them that they are in the midst of a plague the likes of which no one has seen before. Mace also tells them of strange lights in the sky the month before and the Doctor and Nyssa suspect that a spacecraft had crash-landed. Their investigation leads them to meet the intelligent reptilian Terileptils and their deadly android. The confrontation brings them face to face with a historic event that started on Pudding Lane.



Honestly, this is not only one my favorite 5th Doctor stories, it’s one of my favorite Doctor Who adventures. Saward writes well and has written his own script into an excellent novel. I very much liked the character Richard Mace and still count him in the “companions that weren’t” category.






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