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Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock
Horror of Fang Rock novel
Based on: Horror of Fang Rock
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Leela
Main enemy: Rutan Host
Main setting: Fang Rock, circa 1900
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: Jeff Cummins]
Release details
Release number: 32 (given to later editions)
Release date: 30 March 1978
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 13 Chapters, 126 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20009-8
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Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock CD
Publisher: BBC Physical Audio
Read by: Louise Jameson
Release date: 2 February 2017
ISBN 978-1-78529-565-2

Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock was a novelisation based on the 1977 television serial Horror of Fang Rock.

Publisher's summary Edit

On a remote rocky island a few miles off the Channel coast stands the Fang Rock lighthouse. There have always been tales of the beast of Fang Rock, but when the Tardis lands here with Leela and the Fourth Doctor, the force they must deal with is more sinister and deadly than the mythical beast of the past.

It is the early 1900s, electricity is just coming into common usage, and the formless, gelatinous mass from the future must use the lighthouse generators to recharge its system. Nothing can stop this Rutan scout in its search and its experimentation on humans ...

Chapter titles Edit

  • Prologue
  1. The Terror Begins
  2. Strange Visitors
  3. Shipwreck
  4. The Survivors
  5. Return of the Dead
  6. Attack from the Unknown
  7. The Enemy Within
  8. The Bribe
  9. The Chameleon Factor
  10. The Rutan
  11. Ambush
  12. The Last Battle

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The Doctor gives a rational explanation for the original legend of the beast of Fang Rock.
  • Adelaide can sense the cold as well as Leela.
  • A deleted scene where the survivors reach the island is reinstated.
  • Vince's motives for burning the fifty pounds given to him by Lord Palmerdale before he turns to the others for help are added.

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

 Audiobook Edit

This novel was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Louise Jameson.

External links Edit

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