Publisher's summary Edit
1981 edition Edit
In the year 2030 only one man seems to know what action to take when the world is hit by a series of terrible natural disasters. Salamander's success in handling these monumental problems has brought him enormous power.
From the moment the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria land on an Australian beach, they are caught up in a struggle for world domination - a struggle in which the Doctor's startling resemblance to Salamander plays a vital role.
Book chapters Edit
- A Day by the Sea
- The Doctor Takes a Risk
- Too Many Cooks
- Seeds of Suspicion
- The Secret Empire
- A Scrap of Truth
- Unexpected Evidence
- The Doctor Not Himself
Deviations from televised story Edit
- As noted by Lance Parkin in A History of the Universe, publicity for this story when it was first broadcast placed it "fifty years in the future," or in 2018. A date of August 16, 2017 was given onscreen with a character holding a newspaper noted as being from the previous year. Most story guides gave the date as 2018, based on the contemporary publicity for the story, until plans were made for the novelisation in 1980, which again gave a date of "fifty years in the future," or in this case, 2030. When the novelisation was finally written by Ian Marter in 1981, 2030 was the date used.
- Large chunks of story and dialogue were cut from the novelisation, Including the Cliffhanger ending of the serial which led into the following story, The Web of Fear.
- Marter used more adult language than had been seen in previous novelisations, which were considered children's literature. In the case of this book, an occurrence of the word "bastard" raised some eyebrows.
- In the novel, Anton is named Tony and Curly is named Tibor.
- Bruce details his reasons for rebelling.
- An explanation is given for how the Doctor got into the locked records room.
- The underground group do not survive the explosion.
- Fedorin is given the first name of Nicholas.
- Benik is given the first name of Theodore.
- Fariah is given the first name of Neguib.
- Colin has the last name of Redmayne and Mary has the last name of Smith.
- Giles Kent talks more about the World Zone officials that Salamander killed and mentions one of them was Astrid's father.
- Much of Griffin the chef's scenes do not make it into the book.
- Jamie has the rank of lieutenant in Salamanders guards.
- More detail is given into how Fariah found Fedorin's file.
- The character of Forester, Bruce's deputy, is in the novel, and has lines (He appears briefly in the TV story, but has no lines).
- Salamander and the Doctor both use helicopters to get to the TARDIS.
- The Doctor pours sea water into the fuel tank of Salamander's helicopter to prevent him escaping.
- Kent sees Fariah shot and killed by a guard, but doesn't tell the Doctor and Astrid. In the television story, they don't find out about her death until Bruce tells them.
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- David Whitaker provided some rough notes for the story before he died on 4 February 1980. The story was written by Ian Marter in 1981.
- An early cover was dropped after the BBC's decision not to allow the image of any Doctor other than the current one to be used.
- The original Target Books cover features the artwork of Bill Donohoe.
Additional cover images Edit
British publication history Edit
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- 1993 Virgin Publishing new cover by Andrew Skilleter priced £3.50 (UK)
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