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The Mysterious Planet was a novelisation based on the 1986 television serial The Mysterious Planet.

Publisher's summary

The TARDIS has been taken out of time and the Doctor has been brought before a court of his fellow Time Lords. There the sinister Valeyard accuses the Doctor of breaking Gallifrey's most important law and interfering in the affairs of other planets.

If the Valeyard can prove him guilty, the Doctor must sacrifice his remaining regenerations. To prove his case the Valeyard focuses on an adventure set in the Doctor's past.

It is an adventure set on the planet Ravolox, a seemingly primitive world but one which the Doctor and Peri find strangely familiar...

Chapter titles

  1. The Trial Begins
  2. Underground
  3. Barbarian Queen
  4. The Stoning
  5. The Reprieve
  6. Meeting the Immortal
  7. Escape
  8. Captives of Queen Katryca
  9. The Attack of the Robot
  10. Hunt for the Doctor
  11. Secrets
  12. Tradesman's Entrance
  13. The Big Bang
  14. End and Beginning

Deviations from televised story

  • Valeyard, like Inquisitor, seems to be a Time Lord title, a Special Prosecutor assigned by the High Council in serious, often political, cases.
  • The Doctor informs Peri they are currently two million years or more after her time period, while in the televised version it is not explicitly clear whether the Doctor said "two million" or "two billion."

Writing and publishing notes

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Additional cover images

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British publication history

Hardback (November 1987)
  • W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:0491030967, copies priced £7.95 (UK))
Paperback (April 1988)
  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. One single paperback edition, estimated print run: 22,500, priced £1.99 (UK).

 Audiobook

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Lynda Bellingham.

The audio set of four CDs was released in September 2013 as part of The Trial of a Time Lord Vol. 1

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