a real world point of view
|Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters|
|Based on:||Doctor Who and the Silurians|
|Companion(s):||Liz, The Brigadier|
|Main enemy:||The Silurians|
|Main setting:||Earth, circa 1970s|
|Publisher:||Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co|
|Release number:||9 (given to later editions)|
|Release date:||January 1974|
|Format:||Hardcover and paperback editions, 158 Pages|
|Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion||The Ambassadors of Death|
- This novelisation is based on the original television serial TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians, written by Malcolm Hulke and shown from 31 January 1970.
- The cover and information on the right are for the original Target edition. It featured the artwork of Chris Achilleos. (See below for information on other editions with different covers).
- This novelisation of the only televised serial to carry a Target-style title was given a different title.
- The fact that Silurians can cry, stated here, flatly contradicts Blood Heat.
Publisher's summary Edit
1974 edition Edit
All is not well at the Wenley Moor underground atomic research station: there are unaccountable loses of power-output; nervous breakdowns amongst the staff; and then – a death! UNIT is called in and the Brigadier is soon joined by DOCTOR WHO and Liz Shaw in a tense and exciting adventure with subterranean reptile men – SILURIANS – and a 40ft. high Tyrannosaurus rex, the biggest, most savage mammal which ever trod the earth!
"DOCTOR WHO, the children's own programme which adults adore ..." Gerard Garrett, The Daily Sketch
Chapter Titles Edit
- Prologue: The Little Planet
- The Doctor gets a message
- The Traitor
- Power Loss
- The Fighting Monster
- Into the Caves
- Quinn Visits His Friends
- Into an Alien World
- The Search
- Man Trap
- The Doctor Makes a Visit
- Goodbye, Dr Quinn
- The Prisoner
- Man from the Ministry
- Attack and Counter-Attack
- The Itch
- A Hot World
- The Lie
Deviations from televised story Edit
- A prologue tells of the Silurians going into hiding to avoid catastrophe.
- Each of the reptile men is given an individual name and personality.
- Major Baker is renamed 'Major Barker'.
- In the book it is Dr. Meredith who discovers the death of Quinn.
- At the end, the Brigadier only seals the Silurians in the caves, as opposed to blowing them up.
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- As one of the early titles in the Target range, the writer was encouraged to flesh out his script for the novelisation.
- Chapter 8 titled "Into an Alien World" is written from Morka's point of view.
- The back-cover blurb on the original edition features a scientific error, as the Tyrannosaurus rex is referred to as a mammal, when in fact dinosaurs were reptiles.
- This title contain eleven illustrated pages by Chris Achilleos
Additional cover images Edit
British publication history Edit
To be added
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- 25p (UK)
- 80c Australia
- 70p (UK) - £1.50
1992 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £2.99
Editions published outside Britain Edit
- Published as Doctor Who en de Holenmonsters.
- Published as Tohtori Kuka Ja Luolahirviöt.
- Published as Douter Who E Os Monstros Das Cavernas.
- Published as (transliteration): Senritsu! Chitei Monsutaa
This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Caroline John who played Liz Shaw.
The audio set of 4 CD's with an ISBN 1-4056-7799-6 was released in September 2007 priced £13.99 (UK)
The cover blurb and thumbnail illustrations were retained in the accompanying booklet with sleevenotes by David J. Howe. Music and sound effects by Simon Power
See also Edit
- On Target - A comprehensive guide to Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters
- Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters on the Doctor Who Collectors Wiki