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Doctor Who and the Visitation (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the Visitation
Visitation novel
Based on: The Visitation
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Adric, Nyssa, Tegan
Main enemy: Terileptils
Main setting: London, Earth, late August to 2 September 1666
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Eric Saward
Read by: Matthew Waterhouse
Release details
Release number: 69 (given to later editions)
Release date: 19 August 1982
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 11 Chapters, 121 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20135-3
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Doctor Who and the Visitation was a novelisation based on the 1982 television serial The Visitation. This was the first Fifth Doctor novelisation to be published.

Publisher's summary Edit

1982 edition Edit

Tegan, the young air hostess who quite unintentionally became a member of the TARDIS's crew, wants to return to her own time, but when the Doctor tries to take her back to Heathrow Airport in the twentieth century the TARDIS lands instead on the outskirts of seventeenth-century London.

1992 edition Edit

"Call yourself a Time Lord?" Tegan shouted. "A broken clock keeps better time than you!"

The Doctor tries to return Tegan to the Heathrow she left in 1981, but instead the TARDIS lands just outside London in 1666 - the year of the Great Plague.

The Doctor and his companions receive a decidedly cool welcome - and it soon becomes clear that the sinister activities of other visitors from space and time have made the villagers extremely sensitive of outsiders.

And as a result of the aliens' evil schemes, the Doctor finds himself on the point of playing a key role in a gruesome historical event.

This is a novelization by Eric Saward of his own television story, first broadcast in 1982.

Chapter titles Edit

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The Doctor realizes who the Terileptils are because they left their tag on their escape capsule; this was not explained in the televised story.
  • The Squire is named Sir John.
  • Elizabeth is in her room when she spots the Terileptil spacecraft crashing.
  • Tegan's references to the events of Kinda while in her room are removed.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • The first book in the range to feature the use of a photographic cover.
  • This was the first title to be referred to in the Target library as book number 74. The number appeared on the cover on a subsequent reprint.
  • Dedication: `For Paula, with fondest love'

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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


 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Matthew Waterhouse.

The audio set of four CDs was released in October 2012 priced £13.99 (UK)

External links Edit

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