Doctor Who and the Crusaders (The Crusade)
 

No. 12 of 156 in the Target novelisations series
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Editions:  UK UK (hardback) | UK UK (1st paperback) | UK UK (2nd paperback) | Netherlands Netherlands (paperback) | UK UK (3rd paperback) | UK UK (2nd hardback) | UK UK (4th paperback) | Portugal Portugal (paperback) | UK UK (5th paperback) | UK UK (3rd hardback) | France France (paperback) | UK UK (6th paperback) | UK UK (4th hardback)
Note:This is a novelisation of The Crusade (obviously enough!) and was also republished a twin volume with The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Also available as an audio reading as part of the Travels in Time and Space box set.

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Edition: UK UK (hardback)
When:  September 1965
Publisher:  Frederick Muller
ISBN:None
Format: hardback
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From unknown Space, the Tardis returns to Earth, but not to the world Ian and Barbara know. The little blue telephone box has wheeled sharply in the cosmos and cut back through the pattern of history to the struggle between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, Crusader v. Saracen.

When Barbara is captured by the Saracens and later kidnapped by the monstrous El Akir, Ian appeals to Richard for help, but despite having achieved a splendid victory over Saladin at Arsuf, the English King has his own troubles and cannot assist him. So Ian sets out to rescue Barbara alone, while the Doctor becomes involved in court intrigues.

In a dramatic climax, Ian finds himself fighting for his life in the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth century, where only the cleverest and strongest survive.

Readers of Doctor Who's adventure with the Daleks and Doctor Who and the Zarbi will find here all the excitement that made those books firm favourites with youngsters of all age groups.

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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  January 1967
Publisher:  Dragon
ISBN:0-411-80670-X
Format: paperback
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Note:  One of only two paperback novelisations published in the UK before the Target range began in 1973. (The other was the 1965 Armada edition of Dr Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks)

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Back through time go Dr. Who, Ian and Barbara — back to the twelfth century, to Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades.

Barbara is captured by the Saracens. Adventure piles on adventure as Ian and Dr. Who, in their different ways, attempt to rescue her. This is a book brimful of excitement!

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Edition: UK UK (2nd paperback)
When:  May 1973
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-10137-5
Format: paperback
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Back on Earth again, Tardis lands DOCTOR WHO and his friends into the midst of the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth-century Crusades. Soon the adventurers are embroiled in the conflict between Richard the Lionheart and the Sultan Saladin, ruler of the warlike Saracens...

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Edition: Netherlands Netherlands (paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who en de Kruisvaarders
When:  December 1974
Publisher:  Unieboek B.V. Bussum
ISBN:90-269-8101-5
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Note:  One of 8 Dutch paperback novelisations, all published in 1974 — the others were: The Auton Invasion, The Cave-Monsters, The Daemons, The Daleks, The Day of the Daleks, The Doomsday Weapon and The Zarbi. (The only other Dutch novelisation ever published was a hardcover version of The Daleks in 1966.)

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Terugkerend op de Aarde in de twaalfde eeuw belandt de Tardis met DOCTOR WHO en zijn vrienden midden in de ruwe, wrede wereld van de Kruistochten. Al gauw zijn de avonturiers verwikkeld in de strijd tussen Richard Leeuwenhart en Sultan Saladin, heerser over de krijgshaftige Saracenen...

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Edition: UK UK (3rd paperback)
When:  January 1975
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-10671-7
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Same as second UK paperback edition, with the following extra paragraph at the end:

'They're well-written books — adventure stories, of course, but with some thought... the creation of the character of the Doctor had a touch of genius about it.'
Westminster Press

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Edition: UK UK (2nd hardback)
When:  October 1975
Publisher:  White Lion
ISBN:0-85686-162-6
Format: hardback
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Note:  Yes, that really is Tom Baker on the cover! White Lion reprinted the 3 original Doctor Who novels in 1975 (the others were The Daleks and The Zarbi) but chose to use a cover illustration of the then-current Doctor to boost their appeal — although the original internal illustrations (featuring the First Doctor) still remain.

Cover blurb:
After ranging far through future Time and Space, the Tardis lands back on Earth again, and straightway the Doctor and his friends find themselves plunged into the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth century Crusades.

Soon the adventurers are embroiled in the conflict between Richard the Lionheart and the Sultan Saladin, lord of the warlike Saracens. And many exciting adventures await them before they can even try to return to their own times.

Over all hangs the question: will they succeed in getting back to the Time that they know? Or will they be doomed for ever to be wanderers in Time and Space?

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Edition: UK UK (4th paperback)
When:  May 1979
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11316-0
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Cover blurb:
Same as third UK paperback edition.

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Edition: Portugal Portugal (paperback)
Title:  Doutor Who e os Cruzados
When:  January 1983
Publisher:  Editorial Presença
ISBN:None
Format: paperback
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Note:  One of 10 Portuguese novelisations, all published in 1983 — the others were: The Auton Invasion, The Cave-Monsters, The Daemons, The Doomsday Weapon, The Sea-Devils, The Day of the Daleks, The Daleks, The Abominable Snowmen and The Zarbi.

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Edition: UK UK (5th paperback)
When:  October 1983
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11316-0
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Note:  Same ISBN as 4th UK paperback edition.

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Within minutes of the TARDIS's arrival on twelfth-century Earth, the Doctor and his companions are in serious trouble.

They happen to intercept a Saracen attack on Richard the Lionheart, thereby enabling the English King to escape otherwise certain capture.

But Barbara is kidnapped and carried off by the Saracens to the Sultan Saladin's court.

Saladin spares her life — on condition she entertains his court by telling stories. And, like Scheherazade, if she fails, then she must die...

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Edition: UK UK (3rd hardback)
When:  January 1985
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-03670-1
Format: hardback
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Same as 5th UK paperback edition.

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Edition: France France (paperback)
Title:  Docteur Who: Les Croisés
When:  February 1987
Publisher:  Éditions Garancière
ISBN:2-7340-0202-7
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Note:  One of 8 French novelisations, all published in 1987 — the others were: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Masque of Mandragora, The Brain of Morbius, The Abominable Snowmen and Meglos.

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Un milliard d'admirateurs à travers le monde!

Seigneur du Temps, héros de l'Éternité, le Docteur Who connaît aujourd'hui une fantastique popularité. Le succès inégalé de la série télévisée qui lui a donné naissance, la fascination qu'il exerce sur un immense public à travers plus de cent pays contribuent à faire de ce personnage un véritable mythe pour la premiere fois révélé en France.

En débarquant au cœur de la Palestine dévastée par les croisades, le docteur Who vole au secours de Richard Cœur de Lion et de la Belle Barbara captive à la cour du grand Saladin et menacée de mort...

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Edition: UK UK (6th paperback)
When:  July 2011
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-84990-190-1
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Note:  One of a batch of six reprints by Random House/BBC Books as part of a new "Doctor Who Classics" range, released in both paperback and e-book form. The other reprints in this batch were: The Abominable Snowmen, The Auton Invasion, The Cave-Monsters, The Cybermen and The Daleks.

Cover blurb:
'I admire bravery, sir. And bravery and courage are clearly in you in full measure. Unfortunately, you have no brains at all. I despise fools.'

Arriving in the Holy Land in the middle of the Third Crusade, the Doctor and his companions run straight into trouble. The Doctor and Vicki befriend Richard the Lionheart, but must survive the cut-throat politics of the English court. Even with the king on their side, they find they have made powerful enemies.

Looking for Barbara, Ian is ambushed — staked out in the sand and daubed with honey so that the ants will eat him. With Ian unable to help, Barbara is captured by the cruel warlord El Akir. Even if Ian escapes and rescues her, will they ever see the Doctor, Vicki and the TARDIS again?

THIS NOVEL IS BASED ON A DOCTOR WHO STORY WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST FROM 27 MARCH — 17 APRIL 1965.

Featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell, and his companions Ian, Barbara, and Vicki

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Edition: UK UK (4th hardback)
When:  3 November 2016
ISBN:978-1-78594-053-8
Format: hardback
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