a real world point of view
|The Macra Terror|
|Based on:||The Macra Terror|
|Companion(s):||Ben, Polly, Jamie|
|Main enemy:||The Macra|
|Main setting:||An Earth colony, the future|
|Publisher:||Target Books, W. H. Allen and Co. Ltd. UK|
|Writer:||Ian Stuart Black|
|Release date:||July 1987 (hardcover)|
December 1987 (paperback)
|Format:||Hardcover and paperback editions, 144 Pages|
|Doctor Who and the Cybermen||The Faceless Ones|
- This novelisation is based on the original television serial TV: The Macra Terror, written by Ian Stuart Black and shown from 11 March 1967.
- The cover and information on the right are for the original Target edition. It featured the artwork of Tony Masero. (See below for information on editions with different covers).
Publisher's summary Edit
In the far future a group of humans is living an idyllic existence on a distant planet. Their colony is run like a gigantic holiday camp and nothing seems to trouble their carefree existence.
When one of them claims that the colony is being invaded by hideous monsters, no one takes him seriously. But the Doctor’s suspicions are immediately aroused.
What is the terrible menace that lurks at the heart of this apparent paradise? Why are the colonists unaware of the danger that lies before their very eyes? And what is the Macra Terror?
Chapter Titles Edit
- Interference on the Scanner
- A Wash and Brush-up
- The Man Who Suffered from Delusions
- There's Really Nothing There
- A Voice in the Night
- The Colony by Night
- Down the Pit
- A Breath of Fresh Air
- One of the Dancers
- Forbidden Territory
- Four Minutes to Countdown
- Contains no illustrated pages
Deviations from televised story Edit
To be added
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- No photographic reference material was available to cover artist Tony Masero, who based his design on real crabs.
- Range editor Nigel Robinson was unsuccessful in trying to encourage writer Ian Stuart Black to write in the more adult way that he intended for the range by emphasising the mind controlling aspect of the story.
- Dedication: Especially for the entertainment of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (amongst others)
- Inside back cover colour details of Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offers.
Additional cover images Edit
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British publication history Edit
- Hardback (July 1987)
- W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:0491032277, copies priced £7.95 (UK))
- Paperback (December 1987)
- Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. Two paperback editions, estimated first print run: 25,500, priced £1.95 (UK).
Editions published outside Britain Edit
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See also Edit