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Soul of the Hartnell Doctor

By:Michael Baxter, Coalville, Leicestershire, UK
Date:Sunday 21 April 2002
Rating:   10

I well remember the day back in 1965 when my Dad bought me this, undoubtedly the finest Dr Who Annual ever, and pretty high up in any list of Dr Who books. Personally, I think these stories, in which the Doctor travels on his own, capture the heart and soul of his character, at least as played by William Hartnell (his interpretation being 'the' Doctor anyway). Without the endless questions/whingeing of companions, we are treated instead to less dialogue as the Doctor explores, and more of his own thoughts and reflections, both on his destinations and on time and space travel in general. All the stories are interesting and well crafted, though the two featuring the Zarbi and Menoptera, plus 'Peril in Mechanistria' and 'The Fishmen of Kandalinga', are in my opinion the best. If you want to experience the magic of Doctor Who as it was originally intended to be, and almost feel as if you are his silent companion on his voyages in the Tardis, then find yourself a copy of this truly memorable volume.

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