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Doctor Who and the Robots of Death
Robots of Death novel
Based on: The Robots of Death
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Leela
Main enemy: Taren Capel
Main setting: A Sandminer
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: John Geary
Release details
Release number: 53 (given to later editions)
Release date: 24 May 1979
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 14 Chapters, 112 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20061-6
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Doctor Who and the Robots of Death was a novelisation based on the 1977 television serial The Robots of Death.

Publisher's summary Edit

1979 edition Edit

On a desert planet the giant sandminer crawls through the howling sandstorms, harvesting the valuable minerals in the sand.

Inside, the humans relax in luxury, while most of the work is done by the robots who serve them.

Then the Fourth Doctor and Leela arrive – and the mysterious deaths begin. First suspects, then hunted victims, Leela and the Doctor must find the hidden killer – or join the other victims of the Robots of Death.

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. Sandminer
  2. Murder
  3. Corpse Marker
  4. Death Trap
  5. Captives
  6. Suspicion
  7. The Hunter
  8. Sabotage
  9. Pressure
  10. Robot Detective
  11. Killer Robot
  12. Robot Rebellion
  13. The Face of Taren Capel
  14. Brainstorm


  • The Sevateem do not use a monetary system but instead barter over goods.

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Dum, Voc and Super-Voc and their function on the Sandminer is expanded upon.
  • The background of the 20 Founding Families is expanded upon.
  • Uvanov has feelings for Zilda, adding 'we could be friends' to their conversation, and stroking her hair after she is found dead.

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

Editions published outside Britain Edit

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