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Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora by Philip Hinchcliffe

published in 1977

where I got it: purchased used

why I read it: I is a novice Whovian

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I love it when I pop into my local family owned bookstore and they say “we just got in a ton of classic scifi, come take a look!”  So up to the attic I went,  startled a sleeping cat (every bookstore should have a cat. or two), and found an entire shelf of classic Doctor Who books.  But which to choose? my first Doctor was Eccleston, and these books predated him by about 30 years.

They all looked great, and were in like-new condition, so I randomly chose Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora.  How could I say no that dazzling smile?  Now that I’ve read it, I can’t wait to go back this weekend and get another one. or two.

This book is based on one of the TV serials, but I’ve only ever seen a few minutes here and there of the older Doctor Who tv shows.  How can I call myself a Doctor Who fan if I haven’t seen the originals?  Eh, as far as I’m concerned there were only three Star Wars movies ever made.
The back of the book gave the basics of the plot,  The Doctor and Sarah Jane (what a wonderful surprise, I love her!!) get sucked into the Mandragora Helix, fly the TARDIS right through it, and accidentally take some of the Helix energy with them.  The TARDIS lands them in the middle of a beautiful orchard in 15th century Italy. On the property of a family going through a power struggle. As an uncle and nephew fight to rule, a court astrologer is trying to take power for himself through the local pagan cult. Throw in some very hungry and mildly intelligent Mandragoran energy, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a disaster that only the Doctor can fix.

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