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Doctor Who and the State of Decay (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the State of Decay
State of Decay novel
Based on: State of Decay
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana II, K9, Adric
Main enemy: King Vampire, Three Who Rule
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Read by: Geoffrey Beevers, John Leeson
Release details
Release number: 58 (given to later editions)
Release date: 14 January 1982
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 14 Chapters, 125 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20133-7
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Doctor Who and the State of Decay was the Target Books version of the televised serial, State of Decay first broadcast from 22 November 1980. Written by Terrance Dicks, it was a surprisingly straightforward adaptation of the work as televised, given Dicks' stated disdain for script editor Christopher H. Bidmead's changes to his script. (DCOM: State of Decay)

The Pickwick audiobook version of State of Decay is sometimes mistaken for an audio abridgement of this book, but there is no relationship between the two versions.

The cover for the original Target edition featured the artwork of Andrew Skilleter.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Doctor, Romana and K9 – and a young stowaway called Adric – are trapped in the alternative universe of E-Space.

Seeking help, they land on an unknown planet – and find a nightmare world where oppressed peasants toil for the Lords who live in the Tower, and where all learning is forbidden – a society in a state of decay.

What is the terrifying secret of the Three Who Rule? What monstrous creature stirs beneath the Tower, waking from its thousand-year sleep?

The Doctor discovers that the oldest and deadliest enemy of the Time Lords is about to spring into horrifying action.

Chapter titles Edit

  1. The Selection
  2. The Strangers
  3. The Stowaway
  4. The Messengers of Aukon
  5. The Tower
  6. Tarak's Plan
  7. The Secret Horror
  8. The Resting Place
  9. Escape
  10. The Vampires
  11. The Traitor
  12. Attack on the Tower
  13. The Arising
  14. Departure

Deviations from televised story Edit

to be added

Writing and publishing notes Edit

Additional cover images Edit

to be added

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released 7 January 2016 complete and unabridged by BBC Physical Audio and read by Geoffrey Beevers with K9 voice performed by John Leeson.

External links Edit

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