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Doctor Who and the Sunmakers
Sunmakers novel
Based on: The Sun Makers
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Leela, K9
Main enemy: Usurian
Main setting: Megropolis One, Pluto, the far future
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: Andrew Skilleter
Release details
Release number: 60 (given to later editions)
Release date: 18 November 1982
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 12 Chapters, 127 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20059-4
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Doctor Who and the Sunmakers was a novelisation based on the 1977 television serial The Sun Makers.

Publisher's summary Edit

Everyone knows that Pluto is a barren airless rock. So naturally the Fourth Doctor is surprised when he discovers artificial suns, an ultra-modern industrial city and a group of colonists being worked – and taxed – to dealt in this inhospitable and supposedly undeveloped part of the universe ...

With the help of his companion Leela and the faithful K9, the Doctor takes on the mysterious and powerful Company, ruthless exploiter of planets and their people.

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. The Cost of the Golden Death
  2. The Fugitive
  3. The Others
  4. The Collector
  5. The Reprieve
  6. The Trap
  7. The Rebels
  8. The Prisoner
  9. The Steaming
  10. Revolt
  11. The Confrontation
  12. Liquidation

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • A deleted scene where Leela sees citizens lining up to be executed for their death-day is reinstated.
  • Hade's death leaves the humans sick; in the televised story they cheer.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Last in the range to have a title prefixed by “Doctor Who and ...”
  • Although not generally acknowledged as such, this was a rare occasion during the 1980s that the title of a novelisation differed from that of the original series, but barely: the serial spelled Sun Makers as two words, while the novelisation used the single-word form, Sunmakers.

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British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

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