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Castrovalva (novelisation)

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Castrovalva novel
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Adric, Nyssa, Tegan
Main enemy: The Master
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Christopher H. Bidmead
Read by: Peter Davison
Release details
Release number: 76 (given to later editions)
Release date: 16 June 1983
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 12 Chapters, 118 Pages
ISBN 0-426-19326-1
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Castrovalva was a novelisation based on the 1982 television serial Castrovalva.

Publisher's summary Edit

1983 edition Edit

Still weak and confused after his fourth regeneration, the Fifth Doctor retreats to Castrovalva to recuperate.

But Castrovalva is not the haven of peace and tranquility the Doctor and his companions are seeking. Far from being able to rest quietly, the unsuspecting time-travellers are caught up once again in the evil machinations of the Master.

Only an act of supreme self-sacrifice will enable them to escape the maniacal lunacy of the renegade Time Lord.

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Nyssa worries that the Doctor will get high altitude edema.
  • The Master set up the trap 500 years ago.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • `This book is dedicated to M.C. Escher, whose drawings inspired it and provided the title. Thanks are also due to the Barbican Centre, London, England, where a working model of the disorienteering experiments provided valuable practical experience.'

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. Escape from Earth
  2. Towards Zero
  3. Destination: Event One
  4. Russian Roulette
  5. Jettisoned
  6. The Quest for Castrovalva
  7. Within the Walls
  8. The Dark Reflection
  9. The Occlusion Closes In
  10. The Clue of the Chronicle
  11. The World through the Eyes of Shardovan
  12. The Web is Broken

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

First publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Peter Davison.

The audio set of four CDs was released in March 2010 priced £13.99 (UK)

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