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Mawdryn Undead (novelisation)

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Mawdryn Undead
Mawdryn Undead novel
Based on: Mawdryn Undead
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough
Featuring: The Brig
Main enemy: Mawdryn
Main setting: Earth, 1983 and June 1977
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Peter Grimwade
Release details
Release number: 82 (given to later editions)
Release date: 12 January 1984
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 8 chapters, 119 Pages
ISBN 0-426-19393-8
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Mawdryn Undead was a novelisation based on the 1983 television serial Mawdryn Undead.

Publisher's summary Edit

1984 edition Edit

The Doctor's time-travelling machine is trapped in the flight-path of an alien spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. To avoid the fatal impact of a head-on collision the TARDIS resorts to the only escape possible and materialises onboard the on-coming liner.

This solves the immediate problem, but a new difficulty arises- the TARDIS cannot get off the ship until a radio signal transmitting from Earth has been disconnected.

The Doctor sets off in a Transmat Capsule, having programmed the TARDIS to enable Tegan and Nyssa to follow him once he has dealt with the interference.

Naturally enough, things don't go quite as planned...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. An Accidental Meeting
  2. A New Enemy
  3. An Old Friend
  4. The Alien in the TARDIS
  5. Return to the Ship
  6. Rising of the Undead
  7. Double Danger of the Brigadier
  8. All Present and Correct

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The Brigadier's decline is explored.
  • Turlough feels contempt for his school.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Early artworked covers were rejected for reasons relating to the use of the likeness of certain actors on covers without permission, approval and remuneration.
  • Featured quotation: “You cannot know or dream just who I am! But every sea and every ocean and every sailor who sails across the world will know this ship, the terror of the godly: the `Flying Dutchman” is my name!' Richard Wagner
  • Dedication: `For Keith Shand'

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

External links Edit

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