Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster was a novelisation based on the 1975 television serial Terror of the Zygons.
The controlling power must be the ZYGONS – alien creatures who have lived hidden on Earth for thousands of years, and now feel strong enough to take over the planet ... The Doctor, Sarah and UNIT have different ideas – but can they outwit the supreme cunning of the ruthless ZYGONS?
DOCTOR WHO scripts — awarded The Writers' Guild Award for the best British children's original drama script.
- Death from the Sea
- Murder on the Shore
- The Zygons Attack
- A Trap for the Doctor
- The Sleeping Village
- The Monster on the Moor
- Hunt for a Zygon
- A Visit to the Duke
- The Secret of Forgill Castle
- Plan for Conquest
- Monster in the Thames
Deviations from televised story
- The unnamed UNIT corporal is given the name of Palmer.
- Munro is given the first name of Jock.
- There is an extra scene in which the TARDIS materialises and temporarily becomes invisible. (This scene was filmed, but was edited out before transmission. It can be viewed as a special feature on the DVD release of this story).
- There is some dialogue between the Doctor and the Duke of Forgill when the Duke picks them up in his car.
- It is the Doctor, rather than Sarah, who reveals that the Brigadier is bringing the wreckage from the rig ashore. The scene of the Doctor first seeing the wreckage outside the sickbay is omitted, but he later identifies the Skarasen as a cyborg from the tooth mark.
- The Doctor responds to Sarah's enquiry about his jamming detector being jammed by deciding to build in a protective circuit.
- The fake Duke getting Huckle's name wrong is omitted.
- The Zygons are said to have a sting in their natural form, used to stun the Doctor and Harry and to kill Angus and the soldier in the cellar.
- There is an extra sequence of the Zygon at the sickbay reporting to Broton by communicator. (This was filmed but cut from the transmitted version.)
- The Doctor's encounter with the Skarasen on the moor is said to take place at night, with the subsequent visit to Forgill Castle being the following morning.
- The Zygons are able to speak in their normal voices while in human form; on screen, they only speak in the host's voice.
- The Zygons have a large group of human prisoners, rather than the three seen on screen.
- Broton indicates that the Zygon fleet will arrive gradually over centuries and he intends to construct lakes in which to breed Skarasens.
- The Doctor is suspicious of the fake Duke but hopes to bring about a peaceful solution by staying quiet.
- The Prime Minister is referred to as being male, rather than female.
- The Doctor refers to the Zygons waving a "claw" rather than a "tentacle" as rulers, probably reflecting the lack of tentacles in the Zygons' design.
Writing and publishing notes
- The inside page includes the comments: "THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration of this book portrays the fourth DOCTOR WHO"
- At the end of the book, when the Brigadier refuses a trip in the TARDIS, saying "Never again", there is an asterix that leads to "You can read about that in Doctor Who - The Three Doctors".
- The Loch-Ness Monster was the working title of Terror of the Zygons. (REF: The Secret Lives of Monsters)
- An unabridged audiobook of the story was recorded by Gabriel Woolf for the RNIB in 1978, alongside The Three Doctors and Carnival of Monsters. It was only available to the registered blind.
Additional cover images
British publication history
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
Editions published outside Britain
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