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Doctor Who and the Time Warrior (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the Time Warrior
Time Warrior novel
Based on: The Time Warrior
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion(s): Sarah
Featuring: The Brig
Main enemy: Linx, Irongron
Main setting: England, circa the 1970s and the 13th century
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Read by: Jeremy Bulloch
Cover by: Jeff Cummins
Release details
Release number: 65 (given to later editions)
Release date: 29 June 1978
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 18 Chapters, 144 Pages
ISBN 0-426-200223-3
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Doctor Who and the Time Warrior was a novelisation based on the 1973 television serial The Time Warrior.

Publisher's summary Edit

1978 edition Edit

His spaceship crippled in an inter-stellar battle, the Sontaran warrior, Linx, is forced to crash-land on earth. He arrives in the Middle Ages, a time too primitive to provide the technology he needs to repair his ship. Allying himself with the local robber chief, Linx uses his powers to `borrow' scientists and equipment from twentieth-century earth.

Doctor Who tracks down the missing scientists and journeys into the past to save them. But can he defeat the ruthless Linx and his savage human allies before the course of human history is changed forever?

Chapter titles Edit

  • Prologue
  1. Irongron's Star
  2. Linx's Bargain
  3. Sarah's Bluff
  4. Irongron's Captive
  5. The Doctor Disappears
  6. A Shock for Sarah
  7. Prisoner in the Past
  8. The Robot Knight
  9. Linx's Slaves
  10. Irongron's Wizard
  11. The Rescue
  12. The Doctor's Magic
  13. Counter Attack
  14. The Robot's Return
  15. Shooting Gallery
  16. Return to Danger
  17. Linx's Departure

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • An opening sequence of a space battle between the Sontarans and Rutans is added.
  • Cut scenes with Hal the Archer and the messenger boy are reinstated.
  • Sarah's first trip in the TARDIS is depicted.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Robert Holmes submitted three pages towards 'his' novelisation of the story, before handing it over to Terrance Dicks (who used the notes as a prologue), to finish.

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

First publication:

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


1993 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £3.50 (UK)

Editions published outside Britain Edit

to be added

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Jeremy Bulloch, who played Hal in the original story.

The audio set of four CDs was released in November 2008 priced £13.99 (UK)

External links Edit

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