Publisher's summary Edit
Back cover Edit
'Yes, it was the supreme fragment of the precious universe, yes, it could restore the balance between good and evil in this one, but really ... did there have to be six pieces of it?'
Inside front cover Edit
The hugely powerful Key to Time has been split into six segments, all of which have been disguised and hidden throughout time and space. Now the even more powerful White Guardian wants the Doctor to find the pieces.
With the first segment successfully retrieved, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 trace the second segment of the Key to the planet Calufrax. But when they arrive at exactly the right point in space, they find themselves on exactly the wrong planet – Zanak.
Ruled by the mysterious "Captain", Zanak is a happy and prosperous planet. Mostly. If the mines run out of valuable minerals and gems then the Captain merely announces a New Golden Age and they fill up again. It's an economic miracle – so obviously something's very wrong...
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- The Doctor finds the Key to Time boring, due to its six parts.
- This was the third serial novelisation published by BBC Books, the first two also being adaptations of Douglas Adams's scripts.
- The first title page bears the following footnotes:
- THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO - This book portrays the Fourth Doctor, whose physical appearance later transformed as the Black Guardian finally caught up with him.
- THE CHANGING FACE OF THE KEY TO TIME - This book portrays the Second Segment of the Key to Time, which has been waiting for the Doctor for a very long while.
- The second title page bears the footnote This novelisation is based on the first draft scripts by Douglas Adams. / So it probably isn't what you're expecting.
- The Doctor mentions having been assigned by the Guardian the task of collecting the six parts of the Key to Time. So far, he has only found one. (TV: The Ribos Operation)