Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius was a novelisation based on the 1976 television serial The Brain of Morbius.
Why do so many spaceships crashland on Karn, a bleak, lonely and seemingly deserted planet?
Are they doomed by the mysterious powers of the strange, black-robed Sisterhood, jealously guarding their secret of eternal life? Or does the mad Dr Solon, for some evil purpose of his own, need the bodies of the victims? And more especially, the body of DOCTOR WHO ...
Elsewhere on the planet, the renegate Time Lord Morbius awaits the creation of a monstrous new body which will give him the power to rule the Galaxy.
This is a novelization by Terrance Dicks of his own script which he wrote under the pseuodonym Robin Bland. The author of over sixty Doctor Who novelizations, Terrance Dicks was script editor of the series for five years.
Doctor Who - The Brain of Morbius is available on BBC Video and has recently been broadcast on BSB television.
- A Graveyard of Spaceships
- The Keepers of the Flame
- The Horror Behind the Curtain
- Captive of the Flame
- Sarah to the Rescue
- The Horror in the Crypt
- Solon's Trap
- The Doctor Makes a Bargain
- The Monster Walks
- Monster on the Rampage
- A Time Lord Spell
Deviations from televised story
- Extra characterisation and background of Morbius' original attack on Karn is expanded upon. The Sisterhood betrayed them to Morbius and was punished by losing her elixir, causing her to age to death.
- The Mutt is clearly established as having nothing to do with Solos.
- The Sisterhood are described as wearing black robes, rather than the traditional red-orange.
- It is mentioned that Solon has made many busts of Morbius, destroying each when it failed to be perfect.
- The Doctor says goodbye to Sarah before going back to the Sisterhood.
- The Doctor's faulty logic regarding being left locked up if the plan doesn't work is corrected; instead, he and Sarah say the plan will have worked if no-one comes down to gloat.
- The Doctor attempts to use the dart gun against the revived Morbius only for him to crush it.
- Maren telepathically guides the Sisterhood in their attack on the Doctor.
Writing and publishing notes
- The inside page includes the comment: "THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration of this book portrays the fourth DOCTOR WHO."
- This was one of two titles that was chosen for a rewrite for younger readers and released in the short lived range of Junior Doctor Who.
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British publication history
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- Main article: Junior Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius.
In 1980, Terrance Dicks published a shorter version of this novel aimed at younger readers; it was one of two such experiments.
Editions published outside Britain
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This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor.
The audio set of four CDs with an ISBN 1-405-? was released in February 2008 priced £13.99 (UK)
The cover blurb and thumbnail illustrations were retained in the accompanying booklet with sleeve notes by David J. Howe. Music and sound effects by Simon Power. The audiobook was broadcast on BBC Radio 7, serialised into eight parts, from 15th-16th, 19th-23rd and 26th April 2010.