Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora
 

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By:Philip Hinchcliffe
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Editions:  UK (1st paperback) | UK (hardback) | US (paperback) | US (2nd paperback) | US (3rd paperback) | France (paperback) | US (4th paperback) | UK (2nd paperback)
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Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  December 1977
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11893-6
Format: paperback
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Forced off course by the Mandragora Helix, the Tardis lands in the province of San Martino in fifteenth-century Italy. Here, the court astrologer, Hieronymous, has been taken over by the Mandragora energy-form — Hieronymous and the other members of his star-worshipping black magic cult will be used as a bridgehead, enabling the Mandragora Helix to conquer the Earth and rule it through their chosen servants.

The Doctor has to defeat not only the Mandragora energy, but the evil schemes of the murderous Count Frederico who plans to usurp the place of his nephew, the rightful ruler of the province.

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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  January 1978
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-02272-7
Format: hardback
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No blurb on back cover. Inside front flap has the same blurb as the paperback edition above. Inside rear flap has the following author blurb:

Philip Hinchcliffe was born in 1944, and educated at Slough Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge.

After a short spell of teaching, the author entered television in 1968. There he worked in ITV as script editor, story editor and producer on a variety of programmes. Since 1974 he has been with the BBC, as a producer.

Philip Hinchcliffe is married with two young children and lives near Windsor.

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Edition: US (paperback)
Released:  November 1979
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-40640-1
Format: paperback
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Note:  Number 8 in the series of 10 US paperback novelisations published by Pinnacle in 1979-1980 — the others were: 1) Day of the Daleks, 2) The Doomsday Weapon, 3) The Dinosaur Invasion, 4) Genesis of the Daleks, 5) Revenge of the Cybermen, 6) The Loch Ness Monster, 7) The Talons of Weng-Chiang, 9) The Android Invasion and 10) The Seeds of Doom. Each of these US editions were reprinted several times between 1979 and 1989, with the ISBN changing 3 times (the different ISBNs are listed as separate editions below).

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IN 1492, DOCTOR WHO CAME OUT OF THE BLUE

It is the Italian Renaissance during the corrupt reign of the powerful Medicis. Doctor Who, angry because he was forced to land on Earth by the incredible Mandragora Helix, walks right into a Machiavellian plot. The unscrupulous Count Frederico plans to usurp the rightful rule of his naive nephew. This, with the help of Hieronymous, influential court astrologer and secret cult member.

Intent on righting all wrongs, Doctor Who studies their political maneuvers. He uncovers a larger, even more malevolent plot — a plot to rule not only San Martino Province, but the entire world! Hieronymous has been taken over — both in mind and body — by the Mandragora energy ball, an alien, but all-powerful intelligence. Using Hieronymous and his cult members as a bridgehead, the Mandragora Helix intends to conquer Earth and dominate its people!

The question is, will Doctor Who prove a true Renaissance man? Will he be able to drain the Mandragora of its power and foil the Count as well?

Doctor Who is a mysterious, zany, and very mature Time Lord (750 years mature to be exact) who hurtles through space in a stolen Time Machine. Since there's a problem with the steering, he never lands exactly when or where he plans to. This, along with his desperate desire to bring law and order to the galaxies, and his insatiable curiosity, consistently places him in weird and often wild circumstances.

The Incredible Space Fantasy
Now a Hit Television Series

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Edition: US (2nd paperback)
Released:  January 1981
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-41975-9
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Same as 1st US paperback edition, without the last 2 paragraphs (Doctor Who is a mysterious... etc.)

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Edition: US (3rd paperback)
Released:  January 1983
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-42505-8
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Edition: France (paperback)
Title:  Docteur Who: Le Masque de Mandragore
Released:  June 1987
Publisher:  Éditions Garancière
ISBN:2-7340-0218-3
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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 Crusaders, 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.

Projeté dans l'Italie nourrie d'occultisme du XVe siècle, le Docteur pourra-t-il contrecarrer les funestes intrigues de la secte maudite des Frères de Demnos et la machination de Mandragore?

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Edition: US (4th paperback)
Released:  June 1989
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:1-55817-224-6
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Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora
Released:  September 1991
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11893-6
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Note:  Same ISBN as previous UK paperback edition.

Cover blurb:
'I can tell your future,' retorted the Doctor, 'and it's likely to be very short and very unpleasant unless you listen to me...'

Forced by the Mandragora Helix to land in fifteenth-century Italy, the Doctor and Sarah find themselves at the mercy of Hieronymous, court astrologer of the province of San Marino. But Hieronymous and the other members of his star-worshipping black magic cult have also been taken over by the Mandragora energy form — they will be used as a bridgehead that will enable the Mandragora Helix to conquer the Earth and rule it through their chosen servants.


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