Published on April 21st, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora
Tim Pigott-Smith reads Philip Hinchcliffeâ€™s complete and unabridged gripping novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure, first published by Target Books in 1977 and based on the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith adventure from Season 14 in 1976.
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 Federico who plans to usurp the place of his nephew, the rightful ruler of the province.
Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora is available now; with a run time of 3 hours 40 minutes across 4 CDs it retails at Â£17.61.