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Terminus (novelisation)

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Terminus novel
Based on: Terminus
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough
Main enemy:
Main setting: Terminus, the 35th century
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: John Lydecker
Release details
Release number: 79 (shown on spine only)
Release date: 15 September 1983
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 1 Chapter, 159 Pages
ISBN 0-426-19385-7
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Terminus was a novelisation based on the 1983 television serial Terminus.

Publisher's summary Edit

When the TARDIS console is wilfully sabotaged, the Doctor's time machine becomes dimensionally unstable and begins to dissolve. The area immediately affected is the room where Nyssa is working by herself.

As the creeping instability closes in on her, the TARDIS locks onto the nearest passing spacecraft, and the process of collapse is halted-but there is no sign of Nyssa.

Hoping that she has escaped onto the strangely deserted host liner, the Doctor goes looking for her. Whether or not he finds her, getting back to the TARDIS will be no easy business...

Chapter titles Edit

This book has no named chapters

Deviations from televised story Edit

  •  The ship is from another universe.
  • The Garm was imported from a radioactive planet.
  • The raiders prepare for raids with self-hypnosis.
  • Olvir turned to piracy when his sister's medical bills broke his family's wealth.
  • Turlough tries to kill Tegan.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • This was the first in the range to be given a Target Library number (79).
  • As a longer novel than usual it had a slightly higher cover price of £1.50 (UK).
  • Usually for Target novelisations, this book has no chapters
  • Back page includes Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offer featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor, surrounded by a galaxy of Target novelisations

Cover Gallery Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

External links Edit


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