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|Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen|
|Based on:||The Tomb of the Cybermen|
|Main enemy:||The Cybermen, Kaftan, Klieg|
|Main setting:||Telos, 26th century|
|Publisher:||Target Books, W. H. Allen and Co. Ltd. UK|
|Release number:||66 (given to later editions)|
|Release date:||May 1978|
|Format:||Hardcover and paperback editions, 141 Pages|
|The Evil of the Daleks||Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen|
- This novelisation is based on the original television serial TV: The Tomb of the Cybermen, written by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler and shown from 2 September 1967.
- The cover and information on the right are for the original Target edition. It features the artwork of Jeff Cummins. (See below for information on editions with different covers).
Publisher's summary Edit
1978 edition Edit
The Cybermen - silver, indestructible monsters whose only goal is power - seem to have disappeared from their planet, Telos. When a party of archaeologists, joined by the Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria, land on the Cybermen’s barren, deserted planet, they uncover what appears to be their tomb.
But once inside it becomes clear that the Cybermen are not dead, and some in the group of archaeologists desperately want to re-activate these monsters! How can the Doctor defeat these ruthless, power-seeking humans and the Cybermen?
Book Chapters Edit
01 - Victoria and Jamie
02 - An Expedition into Space
03 - The Entrance to the Tombs
04 - Cyberman Control Room
05 - The Recharging Room
06 - The Target Room
07 - The Finding of the Cybermat
08 - The Secret of the Hatch
09 - The Cyberman Controller
10 - Release the Cybermats
11 - The Controller is Revitalised
12 - Toberman Returns
13 - Closing the Tombs
- Contains no illustrated pages
Deviations from televised story Edit
- The narration sometimes refers to the Doctor as "Doctor Who".
- The introduction provides a brief synopsis of the birth of the Cybermen and the events of TV: The Tenth Planet and TV: The Moonbase. However, the introduction also states that the homeworld of the Cybermen was always Telos, not Mondas.
- Toberman is described as either Turkish or Middle Eastern.
- The main chamber of the tomb is lined with ornate bas-reliefs of the history of the Cybermen, from their creation to the destruction of Mondas.
- The Cyber-Controller is described as having a black helmet, like the Cyber-Leaders seen later in the series.
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- The cover depicts a version of the Cybermen different from the one in the story. (The photo reference used comes from The Invasion).
- Initial designs by an unknown artist featured the Second Doctor and the appropriate Cybermen, but was unused, most likely because of the BBC’s tendency to allow only the then-current Doctors likeness on the covers.
- This title was delayed from its planned release in July 1977 until May 1978.
- Dedication: Dedicated to my daughters, Victoria-Jean and Felicity-Jane.
Additional cover images Edit
British publication history Edit
To be added
- W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- 1992 by Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alistair Pearson priced £2.99 (UK)
Editions published outside Britain Edit
To be added
See also Edit