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The Caves of Androzani (novelisation)

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The Caves of Androzani
Caves of Androzani novel
Based on: The Caves of Androzani
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Peri
Main enemy: Sharaz Jek, Morgus
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: Andrew Skilleter
Release details
Release number: 92
Release date: 14 March 1985
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 12 Chapters, 135 Pages
ISBN 0-426-19959-6
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The Caves of Androzani was a novelisation based on the 1984 television serial The Caves of Androzani.

Publisher's summary Edit

1985 edition Edit

From the moment they land on the planet Androzani Minor, everything goes wrong for the Doctor and his new young companion, Peri.

They become involved in the struggle between brutal gun-runners, ruthless Federation troops, and the hideously mutilated Sharaz Jek, who lurks in the depths of the caves with his android army.

Key to the struggle is spectrox, the most valuable substance in the universe. Suitably processed, spectrox is an elixir of life, but in its raw state it is a deadly poison – a fact which will cost the Doctor another of his Time Lord lives...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Androzani Minor Revisited
  2. Spectrox War
  3. The Execution
  4. Sharaz Jek
  5. The Escape
  6. The Magma Beast
  7. Spy!
  8. The Boss
  9. Crash Down
  10. Mud Burst
  11. Takeover
  12. Change

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Elements of Androzani society, such as chakaw picking, is explored.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • The title page credits Robert Holmes as the author, both of the original television story and the book.
  • Although number #92 in the Doctor Who library, the book was actually the 93rd to be released; this was because it was swapped in the publication order with the novelisation of Planet of Fire late in the day without the numbers being reassigned.

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

External links Edit

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