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Terror of the Vervoids was a novelisation based on the 1986 television story Terror of the Vervoids.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Time Lords have brought the Sixth Doctor to trial, accusing him of gross interference in the affairs of other planets. If he is found guilty he must forfeit all his remaining regenerations.

In his defence the Doctor tells of an adventure set on board the Hyperion III space liner in his future. Answering a distress call, the Doctor and Mel arrive on the liner just as a series of grisly murders begins.

Who is behind the murders? Do the enigmatic Mogarians have anything to do with them? Who sent the distress call to the TARDIS? And what hideous menace lies waiting in the Hydroponic Centre?

Chapter titles Edit

  • Prologue
  1. The Defence Begins
  2. Identity Crisis
  3. Welcome Aboard
  4. Limbering up
  5. Tiger Trap
  6. The Booby Trap
  7. The Fateful Harvest
  8. The Demeter Seeds
  9. A Change of Course
  10. Death of An Imposter
  11. A Plethora of Suspects
  12. The Isolation Room
  13. Quirky Phenomena
  14. The Enemy Within
  15. Deadly Disposal
  16. A Heinous Crime
  17. The Black Hole of Tartarus
  18. A Deadly Intruder
  19. A Whiff of Death
  20. Hijack
  21. A Sacrificial Goat
  22. Dénouement
  23. Philosophy of a Vervoid
  24. The Life Cycle
  25. Epilogue

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • There are extra trial room scenes of the Valeyard complaining about the absence of the Doctor from the early sequences and attempting to blame him for Bruchner's death. (These were recorded and are included as deleted scenes on the DVD.)
  • More emphasis is placed on the Valeyard using the same phrase that the Doctor supposedly used in the faked conversation with Mel.
  • It is mentioned that Kimber is going to Earth to visit his son and grandchildren and that the watch left behind after he is killed has an inscription from them.
  • It is more clear than on screen that the Mogarians are killed by having acid thrown over their face plates, damaging them and exposing them to the Earthlike atmosphere.
  • Mel, Janet and Doland are accompanied by guards when they find the dead Mogarians on the bridge.
  • Lasky is given back story as the daughter of an unemotional scientist whose mother was fond of plants and died when she was young.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

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Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

Hardback (September 1987)
  • W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:0491030568, estimated print run: 1,750 copies priced £7.95 (UK))
Paperback (February 1988)
  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. One single paperback edition, estimated print run: 25,000, priced £1.95 (UK).
Interior ISBN reads 0426203097X and exterior ISBN 04262030135

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Bonnie Langford.

The audio set of four CDs was released in October 2013 as part of The Trial of a Time Lord Vol. 2

External links Edit

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