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Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon
Curse of Peladon novel
Based on: The Curse of Peladon
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion(s): Jo
Main enemy: Hepesh, Arcturus, Grun, Guard Captain, Aggedor
Main setting: Peladon
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Brian Hayles
Read by: Jon Pertwee, David Troughton
Cover by: Chris Achilleos
Release details
Release number: 13 (given to later editions)
Release date:
January 1975 (paperback)July 1980 (hardcover)
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 11 Chapters, 142 Pages
ISBN 0-426-11498-1
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Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon was a novelisation based on the 1972 television serial The Curse of Peladon.

Publisher's summary Edit

1975 edition Edit

Again, the terrifying cry rang out. The Doctor quickened his pace along the gloomy tunnels of the castle. Suddenly, from the darkness lumbered the mighty Aggedor, Royal Beast and Protector of the Kingdom of Peladon!

The Doctor fumbled in his pocket. Would the device work? As he trained the spinning mirror on the eyes of Aggedor, the terrible claws came closer and closer...

What is the secret behind the killings on the Planet of Peladon? Is Aggedor seeking revenge because the King of Peladon wants the kingdom to become a member of the Galactic Federation? Will the Doctor escape the claws of Aggedor and discover the truth?

Chapter titles Edit

  1. The Deadly Guardian
  2. Into the Chasm
  3. An Enemy from the Past
  4. The Doctor Must Die
  5. The Attack on Arcturus
  6. The Temple of Aggedor
  7. Escape to Danger
  8. Trial by Combat
  9. A Conspiracy of Terror
  10. The Battle for the Palace
  11. The King's Avenger

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The original idea that Alpha Centauri's colour changed to reflect their mood was retained in the novelisation, but dropped from the televised version.
  • The Doctor notices trisilicate in the tunnels.
  • Jo tries to convince Grun to throw the fight.
  • The Doctor impersonates Mohammed Ali.
  • Peladon makes a deal with the spirit of Aggedor.
  • As in the televised version, Amazonia is unnamed — being referred to as simply "the lady Earth Delegate" and "Madam Chairman".

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Title page includes: THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration of this book portrays the third DOCTOR WHO whose physical appearance was altered by the Time Lords when they banished him to planet Earth in the Twentieth Century.
  • Like many early Pertwee novelisations, a hardcover edition was not seen for several years, until 1980 in this case.

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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


40p (UK)
1992 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £2.99 (UK)

Editions published outside Britain Edit

to be added

Audiobook Edit

In July 1995, BBC Audio released an abridged audiobook version of the novel, read by Jon Pertwee. It became part of the BBC MP3-CD Audio sampler Tales from the TARDIS Volume 1, "Ten hours on just one disc".

An unabridged reading by David Troughton, who played King Peladon in the story, was released by BBC Audio.

The audio set of four CDs was released in May 2013 priced £13.99 (UK)

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