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The Greatest Show in the Galaxy was a novelisation based on the 1988 television serial The Greatest Show in the Galaxy. The title of this story carries a certain irony as this novelisation was the first to be published after the broadcast of the final episode of the original 1963-89 TV series.

Publisher's summary Edit

1989 edition Edit

CREEPY. That's what Ace thinks of clowns. But the Doctor insists on entering the talent contest at the Psychic Circus, the self-proclaimed Greatest Show in the Galaxy, on the planet Segonax.

What has reduced Segonax to an arid wasteland? Why have the happy-go-lucky circus folk stayed here for so long? And why are they no longer happy? Above all, what is the dreadful truth about the Ringmaster and his robot clowns?

The Doctor and Ace need all their death-defying skills in the big top to uncover a brooding, ancient evil that has broken the spirit of the Circus and demanded the sacrifice of so many lives.

Chapter titles Edit

  • Overture
  1. Beginners
  2. Welcome to Segonax
  3. Captain Cook
  4. The Hippy Bus
  5. The Psychic Circus
  6. Nord's Finest Hour
  7. The Well
  8. The End of Bellboy's Dream
  9. That Old Devil Moon
  10. Kingpin
  11. The Gods of Ragnarok
  12. Positively Last Performance
  • Coda

Deviations from televised story Edit

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Notes Edit

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Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication: Paperback (December 1989)

  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. One single paperback edition, estimated print run: 22,000, priced £1.99 (UK).

Re-issues: (December 1991)

  • Target / Virgin Publishing. One single paperback edition, priced £2.99 (UK).

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Sophie Aldred.

The audio set of four CDs was released in August 2013 priced £13.99 (UK)

External links Edit

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