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Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters
Cave-Monsters novel
Based on: Doctor Who and the Silurians
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion(s): Liz, the Brigadier
Main enemy: The Silurians
Main setting: Earth, circa 1970s
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Malcolm Hulke
Cover by: Chris Achilleos
Release details
Release number: 9 (given to later editions)
Release date: 17 January 1974
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, 158 Pages
ISBN 0-426-11471-X
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Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters was the novelisation of Doctor Who and the Silurians. Interestingly enough, even though the serial it adapted was accidentally given a Target-style title, the novelisation didn't take the chance to carry the same title and instead gave it a completely different one.

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

  1. Prologue: The Little Planet
  2. The Doctor gets a message
  3. The Traitor
  4. Power Loss
  5. The Fighting Monster
  6. Into the Caves
  7. Quinn Visits His Friends
  8. Into an Alien World
  9. The Search
  10. Man Trap
  11. The Doctor Makes a Visit
  12. Goodbye, Dr Quinn
  13. The Prisoner
  14. Man from the Ministry
  15. Attack and Counter-Attack
  16. The Itch
  17. Epidemic
  18. A Hot World
  19. 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.

Story 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.
  • The fact that Silurians can cry, stated here, flatly contradicts Blood Heat.

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback
Target
25p (UK)
80c Australia

Re-issues:

70p (UK) - £1.50

1992 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £2.99

Editions published outside Britain Edit

Netherlands Edit

  • Published as Doctor Who en de Holenmonsters.

Finland Edit

  • Published as Tohtori Kuka Ja Luolahirviöt.

Portugal Edit

  • Published as Douter Who E Os Monstros Das Cavernas.

Japan Edit

  • Published as (transliteration): Senritsu! Chitei Monsutaa

Audiobook Edit

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 CDs 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

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