Battlefield
 

No. 152 of 156 in the Target novelisations series
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By:Marc Platt
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Editions:  UK UK (1st paperback) | UK UK (2nd paperback)

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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  July 1991
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-20350-X
Format: paperback
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Only a few years from now, a squad of UNIT troops is escorting a nuclear missile through the English countryside. At the nearby archaeological dig, knights in armour are fighting battles with broadswords — and guns and grenades.

The Doctor arrives on the scene and meets two old friends: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, called out of retirement to help in the emergency, and Bessie the souped-up roadster.

Ace escapes from death by drowning in a submerged spaceship, only to find herself at the mercy of a demon known as the Destroyer.

The action is fast and furious, as expected in a script by Ben Aaronovitch, who wrote the classic Remembrance of the Daleks. And why do the knights address the Doctor as 'Merlin'? What is the power of the sword that Ace retrieves from the bottom of the lake? Will Morgaine carry out her threat to destroy the world?

This novelization is by Marc Platt, who both scripted and novelized Ghost Light, the story that immediately followed Battlefield in the 1989 season.

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Edition: UK UK (2nd paperback)
When:  April 2016
ISBN:978-1-78594-041-5
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'How do you do?' the Doctor said. 'This is Ace, and I am...'
'Merlin!' cried the Black Knight. His smile broadened in wonder and recognition. 'Merlin, against all hope!'

A UNIT nuclear convoy, stranded on the shores of Lake Vortigern, becomes the focus of an incursion by knights from a parallel reality. In this other world, technology and magic exist side by side, and the legends of King Arthur are fact. Close to the lake, the sinister Mordred battles against his enemy Ancelyn and summons his mother, the powerful witch Morgaine.

Is the Doctor really Merlin? And will he discover what actually happened to King Arthur? But time is running out for everyone as Morgaine takes control of the nuclear weapons and summons the Destroyer — Lord of Darkness and Eater of Worlds...

THIS NOVEL IS BASED ON A DOCTOR WHO STORY WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST FROM 6-27 SEPTEMBER 1989.

Featuring the Seventh Doctor as played by Sylvester McCoy with his companion Ace



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