a real world point of view
|Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation|
|Companion(s):||Romana I |
K9 Mark II
|Main enemy:||Shrivenzale, Graff Vynda-K|
|Main setting:||City of Shur, Ribos, Unknown|
|Publisher:||Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co|
|Release number:||52 (given to later editions)|
|Release date:||December 1979|
|Format:||Hardcover and paperback editions, 143 Pages|
|Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time||Doctor Who and the Stones of Blood|
- This novelisation is based on the original television serial (TV): The Ribos Operation, written by Robert Holmes and shown from 2 September 1978.
- The cover and information on the right are for the original Target edition. It features the artwork of John Geary. (See below for information on editions with different covers).
Publisher's summary Edit
Reluctantly cancelling his well-earned holiday, the Doctor sets off in the TARDIS to trace and re-assemble the six segments of the Key to Time on which the stability of the entire Universe depends.
Assisted by the argumentative Romanadvoratrelundar and K9, he lands on the planet Ribos in search of the first segment and finds himself entangled in the machinations of two sinister strangers, Garron and the Graff Vynda Ka.
Who are they? Is Garron simply a shady confidence-trickster dealing in interplanetary real estate? Is the Graff Vynda Ka just a power-crazed exile bent on revenge? Or are they both really agents of the Black Guardian, intent upon seizing the precious Key in order to throw the Universe into eternal chaos?
Risking his life within the monster-infested catacombs of Ribos, the Doctor has to use all his wit and ingenuity to find out …
Chapter Titles Edit
- Unwelcome Strangers
- The Beast in the Citadel
- A Shaky Start
- Double Dealings
- Arest and Capture
- Unlikely Allies
- Escape into the Unknown
- The Doctor Changes Sides
- Lost and Found
- Conjuring Tricks
Deviations from televised story Edit
- The Doctor plans to holiday in Occhinos instead of Halergan 3.
- The tracer is called the Locatormutor Core.
- Cyrrhenis Minima is renamed Cyrrhenis Minimis.
- Jethrik is renamed Jethryk.
- The Graff Vynda-K is renamed the Graff Vynda Ka.
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- Although based upon the first story to feature Romana I, this book (and all the Key to Time novelisations that followed) was actually published after Doctor Who and the Destiny of the Daleks, which began the character's second series.
- When Target retroactively numbered the first seventy-three novelisations alphabetically, this was given the number #52; by coincidence it was the 52nd book to have been published.
Additional cover images Edit
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British publication history Edit
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- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
Editions published outside Britain Edit
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See also Edit