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Doctor Who and the Giant Robot
DoctorWhoandtheGiantRobot
Based on: Robot
Adapted into: Junior Doctor Who and the Giant Robot
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Sarah, Harry
Featuring: The Brig, Benton
Main enemy: K1, Scientific Reform Society
Main setting: London, circa 1970s
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Read by: Tom Baker
Cover by: Peter Brookes
Release details
Release number: 28 (given to later editions)
Release date: 13 March 1975
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 12 Chapters, 124 Pages
ISBN 0-426-10858-2
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Doctor Who and the Giant Robot was a novelisation based on the 1974 television serial Robot. The first edition utilised a unique variant of the Doctor Who logo, incorporating an image of the Fourth Doctor within the O in Who (Otherwise, the Doctor is absent from the main art, the first time this had occurred since the first edition of Doctor Who and the Crusaders nearly a decade before).

Although the idea of incorporating the Doctor's face into the logo was later dropped, the books continued to use this version of the series logo for the rest of the decade. The first hardcover edition did not appear until more than eleven years later.

Publisher's summary Edit

1975 edition Edit

`Look, Brigadier! It's growing!' screamed Sarah.

The Brigadier stared in amazement as the Robot began to grow ... and grow ... swelling to the size of a giant!

Slowly the metal colossus, casting its enormous shadow upon the surrounding trees and buildings, began to stride towards the Brigadier. A giant metal hand reached down to grasp him ... Can DOCTOR WHO defeat the evil forces controlling the Robot before they execute their plans to blackmail — or destroy — the world?

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Killer in the Night
  2. Something More than Human
  3. Trouble at Thinktank
  4. Robot!
  5. The Killer Strikes Again
  6. Trapped by the Robot
  7. The World in Danger
  8. In the Hands of the Enemy
  9. The Battle at the Bunker
  10. The Countdown Begins
  11. The Kidnapping of Sarah
  12. The Giant Terror

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • When the Third Doctor regenerates, he is described as writhing and twisting in agony.
  • The Fourth Doctor spends several days in sick bay, rather than a few minutes.
  • In the televised story, Harry drives Bessie towards the Robot so the Doctor can pour the metal virus on it. In the novelisation, he drives the Brigadier's Land Rover to do it instead.
  • The novelisation effectively omits the first scene, although parts of it are used as flashback when the Brigadier visits the Doctor's laboratory, opening with the K1's first robbery.
  • Jellicoe and Chambers' first names are not mentioned. Short is not named at all, but does replace Jellicoe letting Kettlewell into the meeting.
  • Conversely, Kettlewell's first name is given as Jeremiah, expanding on the televised version giving his first initial as J.
  • Benton is referred to as a sergeant several times before he tells Sarah about his promotion; on television, he wears his new rank insignia and is referred to as "Mr. Benton" throughout.
  • Jellicoe is said to be Thinktank's Public Relations Officer rather than Hilda Winters' assistant.
  • Jellicoe tries to talk Miss Winters out of letting the SRS members attack Sarah.
  • The K1's pursuit of the Doctor at Kettlewell's house goes on longer.
  • The Thinktank gate guard lets Sarah into the building rather than her sneaking in.
  • Sarah passes out after her first encounter with the Robot.
  • Harry is knocked out by an anonymous security guard rather than Jellicoe and Phillips (the latter does not appear at all in the novelisation).
  • UNIT raid the Thinktank and find it deserted before going to the bunker.
  • The K1 places Sarah on the roof of the bunker rather than a rooftop.
  • There is a sequence of RAF jet fighters unsuccessfully attacking the giant K1.
  • At one point, the Doctor addresses Harry as "my boy", a phrase not normally associated with his fourth incarnation.
  • The K1 hides himself and Sarah in a secret compartment at the bunker, where Sarah helps herself to the supplies.
  • There is a brief battle between UNIT and the Thinktank troops when they storm the bunker.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • The cover logo for the first edition uniquely used the Fourth Doctor's face in the "O" lettering in WHO. Disregarding this modification, this was the first Target novelization to feature the then-current diamond logo (although only the lettering, not the diamond itself). Prior to this release the line had used a unique logo reminiscent of the one used between 1970 and 1973.
  • The inside cover of the original edition notes: “THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration of this book portrays the fourth DOCTOR WHO” !

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

Editions published outside Britain Edit

to be added

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 CD's with an ISBN 1-405-XX was released in November 2007 priced £17.99 (UK)

The cover blurb was retained in the accompanying booklet with sleevenotes by David J. Howe. Music and sound effects by Simon Power.

It was later reissued as an MP3-CD alongside action figures of a Weeping Angel and a Cyberman as part of Character Options' Panodrica wave. Additionally, it was broadcast on BBC Radio 7 that same year, serialised in 8 parts from 5th-9th and 12th-14th April 2010.

Junior edition Edit

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Main article: Junior Doctor Who and the Giant Robot.

In 1980, Terrance Dicks published a shorter version of this novel aimed at younger readers; it was one of two such experiments; the other was The Brain of Morbius.

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