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Doctor Who and the Creature from the Pit (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the Creature From the Pit
Creature from The Pit novel
Based on: The Creature from the Pit
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana II, K9
Main enemy: Erato, Lady Adrasta
Main setting: Chloris
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: David Fisher
Read by: Tom Baker
Cover by: Brian Dennington
Release details
Release number: 11 (given to later editions)
Release date: 15 January 1981
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 11 Chapters, 128 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20123-X
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Doctor Who and the Creature from the Pit was a novelisation based on the 1979 television serial The Creature from the Pit.

Beginning with this release and continuing for the remainder of the novelisation series, there was a concerted effort made by Target Books to commission the original teleplay writers to novelise their own scripts whenever possible (with Terrance Dicks serving as a backup writer if this wasn't possible). Although Fisher was a recent contributor to the series, this notion would later extend to include writers of episodes dating back to the 1960s.

Publisher's summary Edit

The planet Chloris is very fertile, but metal is in short supply, and has therefore become extremely valuable.

A huge creature, with most unusual physical properties, arrives from an alien planet which can provide Chloris with metal from its own unlimited supplies, in exchange for chlorophyll.

However, the ruthless Lady Adrasta has been able to exploit the shortages of metal to her own advantage, and has no wish to see the situation change.

The Doctor and Romana land on Chloris just as the creature's alien masters begin to lose patience over their ambassador's long absence.

The action the aliens decide to take will have devastating consequences for Chloris, unless something is done to prevent it...

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. The Pit
  2. Wolfweeds
  3. The Doctor's Leap to Death
  4. The Creature
  5. Organon
  6. The Web
  7. The Meeting
  8. The Shield
  9. Erato
  10. Complications
  11. Wrapping Up

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Cutaway scenes explain Chloris from the perspective of the ex-miners-turned-bandits.
  • Adrasta's first meeting with Erato is featured.
  • The novelisation details how Tythonians have sex.
  • How Erato gets out of the pit is elaborated on.
  • A different explanation is given for how K9 destroys the metal.
  • The book ends with a lucky number gag as opposed to not the last scene on Chloris.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • The novelisation uses footnotes as a device.

Additional cover images Edit

to be added

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 Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor.

The audio set of four CDs with an ISBN 1-405-? was released in April 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 seven parts, between 27th-30th April and 3rd-5th May 2010.

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