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The Celestial Toymaker (novelisation)

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The Celestial Toymaker
Celestial Toymaker novel
Based on: The Celestial Toymaker
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Steven, Dodo
Main enemy: Celestial Toymaker
Main setting: Celestial Toyroom
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman
Release details
Release number: 111
Release date: 20 November 1986
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 10 Chapters, 144 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20251-1
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The Celestial Toymaker was a novelisation based on the 1966 television serial The Celestial Toymaker.

Publisher's summary Edit

1986 edition Edit

Somewhere outside space and time there waits the Celestial Toymaker, an enigmatic being who ensnares unwary travellers in his domain to play out his dark and deadly games.

Separated from the security of the TARDIS, the First Doctor is forced to play the complex trilogic game with the evil magician. Meanwhile, Dodo and Steven must enter into a series of tests with, among others, the schoolboy Cyril and the King and Queen of Hearts.

If they lose, they are condemned to become the Toymaker's playthings for all eternity. For in the malevolent wonderland that is the Celestial Toyroom, nothing is just for fun...

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. Trapped
  2. Bring On The Clowns
  3. Snakes and Ladders
  4. The Hall of Dolls
  5. Siege Perilous
  6. The Last Deadly Sister
  7. Enter Mrs Wiggs and Sergeant Rugg
  8. The Ballroom
  9. The Final Test
  10. Stalemate

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The Doctor indicates on a number of occasions that the Toymaker is one of a race of toymakers.
  • The cliffhanger in The Gunfighters is omitted, with the novel ending on the Doctor's statement that they will encounter the Toymaker again.
  • Additional scenes compare the toys to nuclear weapons.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • A foreword by Gerry Davis (Los Angeles, 1985) explains that “for this book version we were able to resurrect some extra material which had to be cut from the TV serial” which he also explains was written hurriedly in an emergency.
  • Writer Gerry Davis was very keen to get the commission for this, eagerly awaited novelisation, which he then gave to Alison Bingeman.
  • Bingeman's credit makes this the first novel in the history of the Target Books series to be written (or, in this case, co-written) by someone who had not either written scripts for Doctor Who or had been part of its production team. In the next few years several other novels by such "third parties" would be published by Nigel Robinson and John Peel.
  • The back cover includes colour details of Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offers!
  • The cover for the original Target Books edition features the artwork of Graham Potts.

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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


Paperback: Target / Virgin Publishing Ltd. UK December 1992 Cover by Alistair Pearson (£2.50 UK)

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