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Meglos (novelisation)

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Meglos novel
Based on: Meglos
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana, K9
Main enemy: Meglos, Gaztaks
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: Andrew Skilleter
Release details
Release number: 75 (given to later editions)
Release date: 5 May 1983
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 12 Chapters, 126 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20136-1
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Meglos was a novelisation based on the 1980 television serial Meglos.

Publisher's summary Edit

1983 edition Edit

Zastor, Leader of the planet Tigella, rules a divided people. Savants and Deons are irrevocably opposed on one crucial issue – the Dodecahedron, mysterious source of all their power.

To the Savants the Dodecahedron is a miracle of science to be studied, observed and used to benefit Tigellan civilisation. To the Deons it is a god and not to be tampered with.

When the power supply begins to fluctuate wildly the whole planet is threatened, but the Tigellans cannot agree how they should deal with the problem.
Zastor welcomes the arrival of the Fourth Doctor and invites him to arbitrate, but the Deons are suspicious of the Time Lord – and perhaps rightly so ...

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The "abducted earthling" of the televised story is given a name — George Morris — and backstory as an assistant bank manager. His abduction by the Gaztaks, whom he believes at first are students carrying out one of their Rag Week pranks, is shown in the opening pages.
  • The novelisation makes it clear the "Gaztak" is a broad term for mercenary bands, not referring only to Grugger's group.
  • Grugger's kicking of the immobile K9 has been omitted.
  • The Dodecahedron is twice referred to as a five-sided crystal. Which would be a pentahedron.
  • The Doctor's claim to have seen the Dodecahedron on his previous visit is omitted.
  • The novel answers the question of how Meglos' species would be able to advance technologically as immobile cacti by their ability to take over the minds of other beings, implying that, despite what was shown, they are able to do it without technological adjuncts.
  • The novelisation ends with George Morris returning to Earth.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

Editions published outside Britain Edit

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