Or had it? For very soon the Doctor found himself pursued by the soldiers of Ancient Rome; and then he and his companions were reliving the American Civil War of 1863. And was this really Earth, or just a mock-up created by the War Lords?
As Doctor Who solves the mystery, he has to admit he is faced with an evil of such magnitude that he cannot combat it on his own — he has to call for the help of his own people, the Time Lords.
So, for the first time, it is revealed who is Doctor Who — a maverick Time Lord who 'borrowed' the TARDIS without permission. By appealing to the Time Lords he gives away his position in Time and Space. Thus comes about the Trial of Doctor Who...
Note: There are two versions of this hardback — both identical on the outside and with the same ISBN, but with a different inside back flap: The first version inadvertently featured a picture of Terrance Dicks instead of Malcolm Hulke. Later printings corrected this error by removing the author photo completely.
Malcolm Hulke started writing for the 'Doctor Who' television series in 1965. As well as eight 'Doctor Who' novels, and in collaboration with Terrance Dicks, The Making of Doctor Who, he has written several novels for adults. In non-fiction he wrote Writing for Television, the book on how to do it; and he devised and edited Cassell's Parliamentary Dictionary and The Encyclopaedia of Alternative Medicine and Self Help. He has written many short stories — horror, romance and, of course, science fiction.
Note: Same ISBN as previous paperback edition. This and An Unearthly Child (published simultaneously) were the first of the so-called "blue spine" Virgin reprints — approximately 70 Target novelisations reprinted with new cover designs between 1990 and 1994 after Virgin Books took over the Target imprint.
Mud. Barbed wire. The smell of death. The year is 1917 and the TARDIS has materialized on the Western Front during the First World War.
Or has it? Escaping from execution by firing squad, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe meet charioteers from Ancient Rome, Georgian Redcoats, and confederates from the American Civil War.
Someone — someone as knowledgeable as the Doctor himself — has created a simalcrum of Earth, and has gathered soldiers from every era of the planet's bloody history. And that someone is playing war games.
This adventure was first broadcast on television in 1969. It marked the end of Patrick Troughton's tenure in the role of the Doctor, and it revealed for the first time something of the Doctor's past and of his fellow Time Lords. This novelization, first published in 1979, is by Malcolm Hulke, one of the writers of the original television script.