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Doctor Who and the Horns of Nimon (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the Horns of Nimon
Horns of Nimon novel
Based on: The Horns of Nimon
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana, K9
Main enemy: Nimon, Soldeed
Main setting: Skonnan Ship, Skonnos
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: Steve Kyte
Release details
Release number: 31 (given to later editions)
Release date: 16 October 1980
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 13 Chapters, 111 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20131-0
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Doctor Who and the Horns of Nimon was a novelisation based on the 1979 television serial The Horns of Nimon.

Publisher's summary Edit

In the great maze of the Power Complex dwells the dreaded Nimon, a fearsome monster with immense scientific powers.

The NImon has promised to restore the Skonnan Empire to its former glory. But first it demands sacrifice – youths and maidens from the peaceful planet Aneth.

The Tardis collides with the space ship delivering the victims, and the captured Romana is condemned to be sacrificed to the Nimon.

Aided by the faithful K9, the Fourth Doctor goes to the rescue. In the heart of the maze he confronts the Nimon and uncovers a terrifying plot to enslave the galaxy.

Chapter Titles Edit

  • Prologue
  1. Ship of Sacrifice
  2. The Skonnons
  3. Sardor in Command
  4. Asteroid
  5. The Nimon
  6. The Maze
  7. Sardor's Bluff
  8. K9 in Trouble
  9. The Journey of the Nimon
  10. Journey to Crinoth
  11. Time Bomb
  12. The Legend

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • An extended prologue explains how Soldeed first met the Nimon.
  • The pilot and co-pilot are given names.
  • The Doctor thinks the Nimon are from another universe.
  • The ending is expanded to show how Skonnos and Aneth will cope following the events of the story.
  • The Doctor refers to the events of TV: Underworld.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

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Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

Doctor Who Magazine giveaway and mass-pulping Edit

In 2008, Doctor Who Magazine distributed copies of some two dozen Target novelisations -- all back stock, some dating back more than twenty years -- with one of its issues. Doctor Who and the Horns of Nimon was one of the books so distributed. According to editor Tom Spilsbury's editoral in DWM 412, some 3200 books were left undistributed and returned to the warehouse -- all of which were copies of Doctor Who and the Horns of Nimon. Being unable to justify the expense of storing so many boxes of a single book, Spilsbury wrote that he reluctantly authorised the destruction of 3150 of the copies, saving one box of fifty which he subsequently made available as giveaways and to those who wrote in requesting copies.

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