a real world point of view
|Doctor Who and the Space War|
|Main enemy:||The Daleks|
|Main setting:||Earth, the Moon and Draconia, 2540|
|Publisher:||Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co|
|Release number:||57 (given to later editions)|
|Release date:||September 1976|
|Format:||Hardcover and paperback editions, 142 Pages|
|Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters||Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks|
- This novelisation is based on the original television serial TV: Frontier in Space, written by Malcolm Hulke and shown from 24 February 1974.
- The cover and information on the right are for the original Target edition. It features the artwork of Chris Achilleos. (See below for information on editions with different covers).
Publisher's summary Edit
`Doctor’ screamed Jo. `Look at that thing. It’s coming straight at us!’ A small black spaceship, about a mile away, was approaching rapidly.
It had no lights, no markings. But some instinct told Jo that the tiny craft meant danger.
The year is 2540, and two powers loom large in the Galaxy – Earth and Draconia. After years of peace, their spaceships are now being mysteriously attacked and cargoes rifled. Each suspects the other and full scale war seems unavoidable. The Doctor, accused of being a Draconian spy, is thrown into prison. And only when the MASTER appears on the scene do things really begin to move...
Deviations from televised story Edit
- To keep the novel self-contained, the ending was re-written with the Doctor, in good health, leaving in the TARDIS. Before leaving, he tells the Master he must deal with the Daleks. The Master packs up his things and states "There's always tomorrow".
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- In light of the BBC’s request not to use the likenesses of non-current Doctors on the covers (the Second Doctor’s face having been removed from the previous Doctor Who and the Web of Fear), the Third Doctor's face does not appear on the cover.
Additional cover images Edit
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British publication history Edit
To be added
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- 60p (UK)
Editions published outside Britain Edit
To be added
This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Geoffrey Beevers, who played the Master in The Keeper of Traken.
The audio set of four CDs with an ISBN 1-405-? was released in February 2008 priced £13.99 (UK)
The cover blurb and thumbnail illustrations were retained in the accompanying booklet with sleevenotes by David J. Howe. Music and sound effects by Simon Power
See also Edit