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Marco Polo (novelisation)

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Marco Polo
Marco Polo paperback
Based on: Marco Polo
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Susan, Barbara, Ian
Main enemy: Tegana
Main setting: China, 1289
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: John Lucarotti
Cover by: David McAllister
Release details
Release number: 94
Release date: 11 April 1985
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 17 Chapters, 144 Pages
ISBN 0-426-19967-7
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Marco Polo was a novelisation based on the 1964 television serial Marco Polo.

Publisher's summary Edit

The young Venetian Marco Polo is on his way to the Emperor's court in Peking when he meets the intrepid time-travellers, for the TARDIS has landed on Earth in the year 1289.

Marco Polo recognises in the TARDIS a means of winning favour with the Emperor. But in the end the Doctor has no one but himself to blame for the loss of his wondrous travelling machine–which he gambles away to Kublai Khan...

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. The Roof of the World
  2. The Emissary of Peace
  3. Down to Earth
  4. The Singing Sands
  5. The Desert of Death
  6. A Tale of Hashashins
  7. Five Hundred Eyes
  8. The Wall of Lies
  9. Too Many Kan-Chow
  10. Bamboozled
  11. Rider from Shang-Tu
  12. Runaway
  13. The Road to Karakorum
  14. Mighty Kublai Khan
  15. Gamblers
  16. Best-laid Schemes
  17. Key to the World

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Marco Polo does not have a sword fight with Tegana to save Kublai Khan.
  • Tegana was killed by a arrow from Ling-Tau. In the televised story, Tegana killed himself with his sword.
  • Kublai Khan gifts the TARDIS to the Doctor for saving his life, rather than Marco Polo stealing the keys to the ship.
  • The bandit Kuiju is not killed in the novel.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Dedication: In fond memory of the Inimitable Original, William `Bill' Hartnell
  • Along with The Myth Makers, this novelised title had the highest first print run of the Target novelisations (65,000).

Cover Gallery Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

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