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Survival (novelisation)

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Survival novel
Based on: Survival
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace
Main enemy:
Main setting: Perivale, London, 1989
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Rona Munro
Cover by: Alister Pearson
Release details
Release number: 150
Release date: 18 October 1990
Format: Paperback Book; 8 Chapters, 136 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20352-6
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Survival was a novelisation based on the 1989 television serial Survival.

Publisher's summary Edit

"So what's so terrible about Perivale?" the Doctor asked as he caught up with her.

Ace sighed again. "Nothing ever happens here."

Ace had wanted her homecoming to be spectacular. She had imagined the amazed greetings of her old friends, the gasps of surprise as she recounted her time-travelling adventures.

But Perivale on a summer Sunday seems the least lively place in the universe. The members of Ace's old gang have gone away — disappeared.

The Doctor has other things on his mind. What is killing the domestic pets of Perivale? Who are the horsemen whose hoofprints scar the recreation ground? Where have the missing persons been taken? Is the Doctor stepping into a well-prepared trap? And if so, can it be the work of the Doctor's old adversary the Master?

As Harvey the grocer said to his partner Len: "I'm telling you, you put a catflap in and you get just anything coming into your house."

SURVIVAL was the last of the four adventures broadcast in the 1989 Doctor Who season on BBC television.

Deviations from televised story Edit

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Alister Pearson's original cover design featured the face of the Master in the Kitling design. It was simplified in the final cover.
  • The claw-marks on the cover design are not painted elements: Alister Pearson actually slashed the canvas to achieve the effect.
  • Included at the back is a full page advert for subscription to Doctor Who Magazine.
  • A postscript by Peter Darvill-Evans, Editor of W H Allen's Doctor Who books, states that for the first time the BBC have not announced the production plans for further seasons of Doctor Who. From the second half of 1991, however, new, completely original Doctor Who novels will be published with the adventures continuing from the end of Survival. He also writes that, at that time, three additional Target novelisations were in preparation (presumably referring to the remaining Season 26 stories that had yet to be adapted).
  • This is only the second (and last) Doctor Who novelisation to be written by a solo female writer, after Barbara Clegg's Enlightenment (other women, particularly Jane Baker, had been involved in other books, but always in a co-writing capacity).

British publication history Edit

One single paperback edition, priced £2.50 (UK), estimated print run: 25,000 copies.

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