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Doctor Who and the Keeper of Traken (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the Keeper of Traken
Keeper of Traken novel
Based on: The Keeper of Traken
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Adric
Featuring: Nyssa, Tremas
Main enemy: Melkur, The Master
Main setting: Traken, circa 1981
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: Andrew Skilleter
Release details
Release number: 37 (given to later editions)
Release date: 20 May 1982
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 12 Chapters, 124 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20148-5
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Doctor Who and the Keeper of Traken was a novelisation based on the 1981 television serial The Keeper of Traken. The original cover art had the distinction of being one of the first to showcase a companion without the Doctor, in this case Nyssa.

Publisher's summary Edit

1982 edition Edit

For ages past, the Union of Traken has lived in peace and harmony thanks to the power of the Source, controlled by generations of Keepers.

But the current Keeper, his powers waning, senses some all-pervading evil about to invade his world. He summons the Fourth Doctor to his aid.

To save Traken the Doctor fights the terrifying Melkur – only to find that this new enemy conceals an older and even deadlier foe – one the Doctor has encountered before ...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Escape to Danger
  2. Melkur AWakes
  3. Intruders
  4. The Voice of Melkur
  5. Melkur's Secret
  6. The Net
  7. Prisoners of Melkur
  8. A Place to Hide
  9. Death of a Keeper
  10. The Rule of Melkur
  11. The Last Resort
  12. The Enemy

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Deleted scenes are reinstated.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • to be added

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

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