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Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus
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Based on: The Keys of Marinus
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Susan, Barbara, Ian
Main enemy: Voord
Main setting: Marinus
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Philip Hinchcliffe
Cover by: David McAllister
Release details
Release number: 38
Release date: 21 August 1980
Format: Paperback Book; 13 Chapters, 128 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20125-6
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Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus was a novelisation based on the 1964 television serial The Keys of Marinus.

Publisher's summary Edit


a remote force-shielded island set in a sea of acid, governed by


the ultimate computer which rules and balances the gentle life of Marinus, guarded by


ruthless protector of a peace-loving race threatened by


Warlord of the brutal sub-human Voords, sworn enemy of Arbitan and of Marinus, who has within his grasp


the Conscience's vital micro-circuits, the doors of good and evil.

Can the Doctor find the hidden circuits in time? Arbitan's command was 'Find them, OR DIE!'

Chapter titles Edit

  1. The Sea of Death
  2. The Marble City
  3. The Velvet Web
  4. The Brains of Morphoton
  5. The Screaming Jungle
  6. The Whispering Darkness
  7. The Snows of Terror
  8. The Demons
  9. Sentenced!
  10. The Mystery of the Locked Room
  11. The Missing Key
  12. Arbitan's Revenge
  13. Final Goodbyes

Deviations from televised story Edit

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Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • This title was Philip Hinchcliffe's last contribution to the range, and his sole novelisation of a serial he did not produce.
  • With no photographs for reference, cover artist David McAllister decided to try something different and feature no people on the cover.
  • Producer John Nathan-Turner's criticism of the cover artwork (namely the TARDIS is blue NOT grey, and the light is white NOT red), went unheeded.
  • Large chunks of dialogue and story were cut from the novelisation.

Continuity Edit

Cover Gallery Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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


A planned reissue in 1994 was cancelled.

External links Edit

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