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Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time
Invasion of Time novel
Based on: The Invasion of Time
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Leela, K9
Main enemy:
Main setting: Gallifrey
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Read by: John Leeson
Cover by: Andrew Skilleter
Release details
Release number: 35 (given to later editions)
Release date: 21 February 1980
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 15 Chapters, 142 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20093-4
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Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time was a novelisation based on the 1978 television serial The Invasion of Time.

Publisher's summary Edit

A traitor to the Time Lords?

Can the Fourth Doctor really be in league with the evil Vardans, spearheading a treacherous invasion of his home planet, Gallifrey?

Or is he playing a deadly double game, saving the Time Lords by appearing to betray them?

But the Vardans themselves are only pawns in the game, and the Doctor faces an old and deadly enemy, as he battles to foil the Invasion of Time.

`Terrance Dicks is a skilful professional storyteller ... He has deftly recaptured the programme's popular blend of hectic menace and humorous self-mockery.' BRITISH BOOK NEWS

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Treaty for Treason
  2. The President-Elect
  3. Attack from the Matrix
  4. The Fugitive
  5. The Betrayal
  6. The Invasion
  7. The Outcasts
  8. The Assassin
  9. The Vardans
  10. False Victory
  11. The Sontarans
  12. The Key of Rassilon
  13. Failsafe
  14. The Chase
  15. The Wisdom of Rassilon

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Upon materialisation in the Panopticon, the Vardans are described "three tall, shimmering shapes, cloaked and hooded figures with the vaguest hint of features under the hoods."
  • Additionally, it is revealed that the Doctor first learnt of the Vardans' attempted invasion of Gallifrey via a telepathic warning from the Matrix.
  • Jasko and Ablif are merged into Jablif.
  • The Vardans appear as hooded ghosts.
  • Stor feels insecurities.
  • Leela's departure is more abrupt than in the televised story.
  • The "search for the Great Key" is a new responsibility because the Master stole it; the Doctor notes it was a fake that didn't have the power of the true Great Key.

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 Target Book was released 1 September 2016 complete and unabridged by BBC Physical Audio and read by John Leeson.

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