Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet was a novelisation based on the 1966 television serial The Tenth Planet.

Publisher's summary Edit

1976 edition Edit

The Sergeant blinked again. Three lights were moving towards him through the murk of the blizzard. Even as he looked, the lights changed into three tall, straight figures, clad in silver-armoured suits, advancing across the ice with a slow deliberate step. Horror-struck, the Sergeant reached for his gun, and a stream of bullets sprayed across the marching figures. BUT THEY CONTINUED MARCHING...

The CYBERMEN have arrived. The first invasion of Earth by this invincible, fearless race-and the last thrilling adventure of the first DOCTOR WHO.

2012 BBC Edition Edit

"We were exactly like you once. Then our cybernetic scientists realised that our race was weakening. Our scientists and doctors invented spare parts for our bodies until we could be almost completely replaced."

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and his friends to a space tracking station in the Antarctic - and straight into trouble. A space mission is going badly wrong, and a new planet has appeared in the sky.

Mondas, ancient fabled twin planet of Earth, has returned. Soon its inhabitants arrive. But while they used to be just like the humans of Earth, now they are very different. Devoid of emotions, their bodies replaced with plastic and steel, the Cybermen are here.

Humanity needs all the help it can get, but the one man who seems to know what is going on is terminally ill. As the Cybermen take over, the Doctor is dying...

This novel is based on the final story to feature the First Doctor, which was originally broadcast from 8 to 29 October 1966. This was the First Doctor Who story to feature the Cybermen.

Featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell in his very last adventure, and his companions Ben and Polly.

Chapter titles Edit

  • The Creation of the Cybermen
  1. The Space Tracking Station
  2. Disaster in Space
  3. The New Planet
  4. Mondas!
  5. The Cyberman Invasion
  6. Ben into Action
  7. Battle in the Projection Room
  8. Two Hundred and Fifty Spaceships
  9. Z-Bomb Alert!
  10. Prepare to Blast Off
  11. Cybermen in Control
  12. Resistance in the Radiation Room
  13. The Destruction of Mondas!

Illustrations Edit

  • Contains illustrated pages

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Instead of the Cybermen putting their hands to the side of General Cutlers and Polly’s head, they press a button on their chest unit which fires a beam to the forehead which knocks them out.
  • The Doctor shows some more signs of being ill, such as deliriously calling Ben and Polly Ian and Barbara respectively.
  • The language in general is much stronger than in the televised version.
  • The fight sequence where the soldiers first meet the Cybermen outside the base contains a stronger description of the outcome of the battle.
  • Another soldier is present with the sergeant when he is attacked by the Cybermen.
  • Barclay is given the first name of Tom.
  • Wigner is given the first name of Robert.
  • An unknown Western seen in the original turns into a James Bond film starring Roger Moore.
  • At the end, rather than collapsing by the TARDIS console, the First Doctor goes into a TARDIS room near the console and uses a machine (said to be used for 'compressing sleep') to become the Second Doctor.
  • The Second Doctor receives some lines.
  • Cutler attempts to shoot Ben after catching him sabotaging the Z-Bomb, but is stopped by Barclay.
  • Ben and Polly are implied to come from the 1970s rather than the 1960s.
  • Krail, Krang, Jarl and Gern are sometimes called Cyberleaders. Cyberleaders were not introduced until Revenge of the Cybermen, which was broadcast the year before the book was published.
  • Krang is described as having a black helmet.
  • Haines (Haynes in the novelisation) is given some lines. In the televised episode, Haines is no more than a non-speaking extra.
  • A new engineer named Rogers is present in the tracking room.
  • Several of the radar technician's lines are given to the R/T technician.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Title page includes: “THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO: The cover illustration of this book portrays the first DOCTOR WHO whose physical appearance was later transformed when he discarded his worn-out body in favour of a new one.”
  • The cover for the original Target Books edition featured the artwork of Chris Achilleos. The back cover included a small illustrated vignette also drawn by Achilleos.

Covers Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

  • Hardback
W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback
Paperback (February 1993)
  • Target / Virgin Publishing New cover artwork by Alister Pearson, priced £2.99 (UK).

Editions published outside Britain Edit

to be added

Audiobook Edit

This novel was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Anneke Wills with Nicholas Briggs providing the Cyberman voices.

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