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Inferno (novelisation)

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Inferno novel
Based on: Inferno
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion(s): Liz
Featuring: The Brig, Benton
Main enemy: Primords
Main setting: Earth, circa 1970, Parallel Earth
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Read by: Caroline John
Cover by: Nick Spender
Release details
Release number: 89
Release date: 18 October 1984
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 15 Chapters, 126 Pages
ISBN 0-426-19617-1
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Inferno was a novelisation based on the 1970 television serial Inferno.

Publisher's summary Edit

Inferno is the name of a top-secret drilling project to penetrate the Earth's crust and release a major new energy source.

A crisis develops when a noxious liquid leaks out as drilling progresses – the green poison has a grotesquely debilitating effect on human beings.

As the Earth's plight worsens, the Third Doctor is trapped in a parallel world, unable to rescue the planet and its inhabitants from the destructive force of Inferno...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Project Inferno
  2. The Beast
  3. Mutant
  4. The Slime
  5. Dimension of Terror
  6. The Nightmare
  7. Death Sentence
  8. Countdown to Doom
  9. Penetration-Zero
  10. The Monsters
  11. Escape Plan
  12. Doomsday
  13. Return to Danger
  14. The Last Mutation
  15. The Doctor Takes a Trip

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The "door handle" is confirmed to be the sonic screwdriver.
  • The Doctor deduces how the parallel Earth became a dictatorship.
  • Stahlman's motivation is explored in more detail.
  • Stahlman is said to have grown up in the ruins of post-war Germany (so he's either younger in the novel or the story is set circa 1990, unless he is describing the First World War).
  • The Doctor is traumatized by the destruction of the other Earth.
  • Stahlman is described as burly and Liz as having reddish-brown hair, neither of which entirely reflects their on screen appearance.
  • Stahlman's first name is given as Eric.
  • It is explained that the Doctor plans to use a power surge from the project's reactor to overload the blocks placed on the TARDIS.
  • Benton refers to Bromley by name: In the televised version, his surname is only given in the credits.
  • The character of Latimer is unnamed.
  • The scene between Sir Keith Gold and Patterson prior to the car crash is removed. Sir Keith states he was unconscious for several hours, explaining his disappearance.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

British publication history Edit

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

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Caroline John.

The audio set of four CDs was released in April 2011 priced £13.99 (UK)

External links Edit

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