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Really enjoyed this, even if it is quite different to the surviving audio It also does exactly what this sort of work was originally intended for the shows educational remit in that my first instinct was to find outabout The Massacre a period I know very little about in French history Recommend. Between Whovians a question does always come up if you could watch one of the lost stories which one would it be The Massacre of St Bartholomew s Eve is my answer, every time After reading this book, I ll have to find another answer for one, I feel like I ve seen the serial now, and two, not sure it would have been a favorite even if it had have been possible to see it.Don t get me wrong as Doctor Who stories go this is good and quite exciting, really I think you have to love the First D Between Whovians a question does always come up if you could watch one of the lost stories which one would it be The Massacre of St Bartholomew s Eve is my answer, every time After reading this book, I ll have to find another answer for one, I feel like I ve seen the serial now, and two, not sure it would have been a favorite even if it had have been possible to see it.Don t get me wrong as Doctor Who stories go this is good and quite exciting, really I think you have to love the First Doctor to appreciate it and I love every regeneration of our favorite Time Lord so I would not recommend this to someone who hasn t seen the First in action before, but I don t think someone interested in DW would start by the books, audios or other satellite of the show the show classic or modern has to be fallen in love with before going for any other medium than television.The story of The Massacre is not actually, like the title infer, what we see in this story instead we see the days leading to it, that was a surprise since I didn t remember that from what I knew from reading about this serial have to say, I read this a good while ago and I didn t read the synopsis of the book before beginning it because I m allergic to spoilers can we call them that when the episodes played before I was born not sure The First Doctor never really meddled with the end game of historical events, I guess in the modern take the massacre would fall under the fix points that the Doctor cannot change, so as exciting and good as the story is, there is fate awaiting the characters you learn to love and with a title like The Massacre it is hard to believe in a happily ever after for everyone.It s a good book, I think the author did well in adapting his script, but I can t compare I m still a little frustrated about that, I so wish episodes still existed, view spoiler I would have loved to see William Hartnell in his double role as the Doctor and the Abbot of Amboise though I think the device of having an actor doingthan one character is a little tiring, but when being acted this can be actually very exciting to watch like in The Enemy of the World Patrick Troughton s take on this is a joy , in a book, not so much when it is all due to pure luck and has no explanation to it hide spoiler I didn t think there was a lot of originality in this story, the Doctor and companion get separated, each has his own adventure and off they go at the end having had but little impact in the lives of the people they have encountered was the episodes exciting you can t judge from the book, I suspect they probably were a littlethan the written word, actors can transform a story from ordinary to exciting and fun although that s just me guessing The epilogue wants to make us believe that maybe some of the characters future were changed by the Doctor and Steven being there, I doubt it.Wow, not sure I said a lot about the book or story This is a very meandering review, that ll teach me to write it at one o clock in the morning and I can go in a tangent about Doctor Who like any good Whovian.Final verdict worth the read and it s out on audiobook too so that s another option but I rather experience it in my head if I cannot watch the serial and, after all, it is written by the original author so you have to think this was a good adaptation though I do like the ones written by Terrance Dicks a lot too and I m sure his take on this would have been very interesting too sorry, I went off again The Massacre of St Bartholomew s Eve has remained my favorite of the historical episodes of Doctor Who despite the television tapes still being lost But Lucarotti s original vision was quite different, and in this novel we get to read what he had intended for this serial Before we get into the meat of the story, I feel compelled to say that The Massacre is one of those classic Who stories that will blow the mind of anyone who has been largely raised on the last few seasons of the revival The Massacre of St Bartholomew s Eve has remained my favorite of the historical episodes of Doctor Who despite the television tapes still being lost But Lucarotti s original vision was quite different, and in this novel we get to read what he had intended for this serial Before we get into the meat of the story, I feel compelled to say that The Massacre is one of those classic Who stories that will blow the mind of anyone who has been largely raised on the last few seasons of the revival program If you have been at all confused about complaints regarding the lack of nuance and the abundance of propaganda in the show of late, checking out the work of John Lucarotti and this book in particular will shed whole new light on how ingenious the show could truly be Overflowing with historical information about an important era that many have unfortunately forgotten, you can t help but learn something new from this story And though this is set during a time of religious bigotry between protestants and catholics, the temptation to take sides and to be preachy was resisted by the writer Though clearly written with sympathy for the protestant viewpoint, as they were in fact the victims of the mass slaughter of the titular Massacre, the story does a great job weaving the complex political gyrations that occurred on both sides that led to the eventual tragedy, despite efforts to unite catholics peacefully with their protestant brothers and sisters The catholic King Charles distraught over his fallen protestant comrade Admiral de Coligny is particularly touching in this context, especially if one believes that the King s mother was behind the assassination plot and that Charles himself eventually was convinced to condone de Coligny s ultimate demise The ridiculous infighting between countrymen who essentially have the same core religious beliefs but differ over the infallibility of the pope in the Holy See is shown to be both comical and horribly sad The reader feels like another of the Doctor s companions, as the frustration increases over why the two sides can t just get along and the fear mounts while the countdown to the slaughter advances The end result is that through subtlety and masterful writing, The Massacre delivers a gut punching reminder to modern audiences of how far we ve come and how much work we still have yet to do Today, one may see shades of the infighting between the Balkan Slavs, or the mass genocides in Africa, or the unending war on terrorism Be warned that this story does not spell things out, and it is complex, with as many characters and historical references as a Dostoevsky novel despite its short length Fans are encouraged to do a little research on their own on this period to get a full appreciation of what is happening, and to me, that is the hallmark of a truly great educational story The Massacre respects the intelligence of its audience, whether pediatric or geriatric.You can t go wrong with the audiobook version either, with a fantastic performance by the brilliant Peter Purvis, who played Steven in the original broadcast Though he has definitively French characters speak like British stereotypes, he captures the dynamics of melodrama very well, including the mannerisms of his Doctor The book itself expands upon the television adaptation in multiple areas so that where the program seemed sparse the novel fills in the gaps This has its drawbacks as well as its advantages For example, the essential mystery that was the basis for the series cliffhangers in episodes 1 through 3 is made irrelevant early on in the book But in general, I liked the expanded material muchI think it would have made an excellent entry for the Chibnall era vision with a modest contemporary budget The Massacre highlights the troubled genius that is Season 3 of classic Doctor Who The current BBC would learn a valuable lesson to reference this story as an example of how to improve what I and many other fans consider a failing experiment that has marred the program in the last few years, and to preserve the essence of what made the show a powerhouse of family entertainment for generations BBC audiobook History can t be changed or shouldn t be changed, either way what happens in the past needs to happen the way it happened Or does it. First Doctor and Steven Novelisation of a season 3 story that no longer exists, so while the outline is the same, the finer details are somewhat different A pure historical The author does a good job with description and geography An unusual novelisation in that there s virtually no action but many meetings and near misses Note None of the oft referenced epilogue is in it e.g Dodo is only mentioned in passing Instead the story is bookended with the first Doctor denying Time Lord allega First Doctor and Steven Novelisation of a season 3 story that no longer exists, so while the outline is the same, the finer details are somewhat different A pure historical The author does a good job with description and geography An unusual novelisation in that there s virtually no action but many meetings and near misses Note None of the oft referenced epilogue is in it e.g Dodo is only mentioned in passing Instead the story is bookended with the first Doctor denying Time Lord allegations that he interfered in events return return The novelisation of The Massacre strays some way from the story as broadcast we experience it as a flashback from the First Doctor s point of view, at a moment when he has temporarily made his peace with the Time Lords and is relaxing in the garden from which he is wrenched for The Five Doctors Rather than the Doctor disappearing from the scene as he does in the TV story, here he and Steven get completely sucked into the Protestants attemp return return The novelisation of The Massacre strays some way from the story as broadcast we experience it as a flashback from the First Doctor s point of view, at a moment when he has temporarily made his peace with the Time Lords and is relaxing in the garden from which he is wrenched for The Five Doctors Rather than the Doctor disappearing from the scene as he does in the TV story, here he and Steven get completely sucked into the Protestants attempts to discredit the Doctor s double, the Abbot of Amboise, and to be honest it is all rather confusing apparently the story had to be rewritten to allow for Hartnell s health or the unusability of Lucarotti s original script, depending what version you believe We get the impression that because of the Doctor s interference to save Anne Chaplet, the Time Lords get grumpy with him again Dodo Chaplet, who appears in the last few minutes of the TV version, does not appear at all here except in that her arrival is referred to by the Time Lords in the epilogue The Doctor s travels through space and time tend to land him in theinteresting bits of history, which is odd, considering the vast numbers of boring bits where and when the TARDIS could land but the interesting bits of history make for better storytelling, I suppose The Doctor and Steven materialize in Paris in the midst of court intrigue, plots, counterplots, and religious unrest There s an interesting connection to a later companion, but I ll leave that for your own discovery One of the weaker of the Who historicals, but still pretty interesting.The episode is gone, so this is your only way to see this story It s a look at a lesser known historical event, and it s the first Doctor and Stephen, which is an interesting combination Very rare to see the Doctor and just a male companion Watching the new series you d start to think guys weren t allowed on the Tardis Lots of political intrigue and running around Paris makes up for a pretty weak supporting cast, but the t One of the weaker of the Who historicals, but still pretty interesting.The episode is gone, so this is your only way to see this story It s a look at a lesser known historical event, and it s the first Doctor and Stephen, which is an interesting combination Very rare to see the Doctor and just a male companion Watching the new series you d start to think guys weren t allowed on the Tardis Lots of political intrigue and running around Paris makes up for a pretty weak supporting cast, but the twist of the bad guy was fun and made me wish the TV footage was still around It s a completely different re imagining of the story, by its original author Treat it as a companion rather than a replacement of the original, and you ll be rewarded with some fascinating history, a few action set pieces, a meeting of doubles that didn t happen on TVand a surprise prologue epilogue featuring the 1st Doctor and the Time Lords John Lucarotti s best novelization of his 3 stories. `DOWNLOAD E-PUB ↙ Doctor Who: The Massacre ⇔ Novelization of the Doctor Who TV episodes story title The Massacre of St Bartholomew s EveThe TARDIS lands in Paris on th Augustand the Doctor, driven by scientific curiosity, leaves Steven in order to meet and exchange views with the apothecary Charles Preslin Before he disappears, he warns Steven to stay out of mischief, religion and politicsIgnoring the Doctor s warning to stay out of trouble, Steven finds himself caught up with a group of Huguenots The Protestant minority of France is being 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