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thrift store finds: doctor who and the mask of mandragora

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , on September 17, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

(Thrift Store Finds is a mostly-weekly “column” of sorts where I discuss some of the cool books I’ve happened upon in my neighborhood St. Vincent DePaul store. Please don’t mistake me for an expert on any of the books I am writing about… I’m just a fan of a bargain.)

I picked up three of these Doctor Who paperbacks at the thrift store last week.

I’ve made no small secret of my recent love of the modern version of Doctor Who, however I know next to nothing about any Doctor who came before the 9th iteration. Truth be told, I could have snagged a much larger stack of these Doctor Who paperbacks; when I first visited our local thrift store, they had about twelve of ’em. I opted to hold off on buying them, figuring Doctor Who paperbacks wouldn’t be a huge draw in this Southwestern Ohio town.

I went back later in the week to find I was completely wrong. Only these three remained. All three all center on the Fourth Doctor, as portrayed for eight years on the series by actor Tom Baker. Baker’s persnickety, scarf-wearing version of The Doctor is likely the most famous version of the character here in the United States; public television stations aired his serials quite a lot in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s.

I decided I’d read one of these paperbacks to see if I could continue my love affair with the Time Lord from Gallifrey. I chose to begin with Doctor Who and the Mask of Mandragora, written by Phillip Hinchcliffe. This book was originally published in 1977, but this second printing comes via Pinnacle Books in 1982. This might explain why the Doctor is nowhere to be found on the cover- by ’82, Baker had stepped down from the role.

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