a real world point of view
|The Power of the Daleks|
|Based on:||The Power of the Daleks|
|Main enemy:||The Daleks|
|Main setting:||Vulcan, near future|
|Publisher:||Target Books, Virgin Publishing Ltd. UK|
|Release number:||154 (given to later editions)|
|Release date:||July 1993|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 256 Pages|
|Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet||The Highlanders|
- This novelisation is based on the original television serial TV: The Power of the Daleks, written by David Whitaker and shown from 5 November 1966.
- The cover and information on the right are for the original Target edition. It features the artwork of Alister Pearson. (See below for information on editions with different covers).
- The appearance of the Second Doctor on the cover marked the first time this incarnation had appeared on the cover of a Target novelisation since Doctor Who and the Web of Fear was published in 1976.
- The opening chapters novelises the events of Episode 4 of TV: The Tenth Planet.
Publisher's summary Edit
THE STRANGER DREW HIMSELF UP TO HIS FULL HEIGHT.
`I AM THE DOCTOR,’ HE ANNOUNCED.
Disorientated after his regeneration, the Second Doctor takes the TARDIS to the Earth Colony Vulcan. Ben and Polly are disturbed - the Doctor isn’t the man he used to be.
The Doctor too is worried. The colonists have found the remains of two Daleks - which they plan to revive.
Once revived, the Daleks claim that they are content to serve humanity. Can it really be true? Or do they have their own, more sinister plans?
This is a brand-new novelization of a classic Dalek story, which is also the first story to feature Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. It has been unavailable since its broadcast in 1966.
- Contains no illustrated pages
Deviations from televised story Edit
- The prologue refers to John Benton and UNIT, Sarah Jane Smith - who is described as "UNIT's official chronicler" - and Allison Williams. None of these were introduced into the series until well after the original serial was broadcast. This marks one of the few times that established characters have been inserted into a novelisation of a story of which they were not originally part.
- Frequent mention is also made of the Interplanetary Mining Corporation as the driving force behind the colony's founding and funding. The IMC's first mention in the television series was not until 1971's Colony in Space.
- According to the novelisation, The Tenth Planet occurs during the 1990s.
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- Along with The Evil of the Daleks and The Paradise of Death, this was significantly different from previous titles. The three were regarded as a bridging point between the old Target range of Doctor Who books and the soon-to-be-launched Virgin Missing Adventures range, while also fitting in with the ongoing Virgin New Adventures range. They all had a new-look cover with no Target logo being featured. Furthermore, each title was identified as part of the Doctor Who imprint and not the Target imprint. Together, these three books were unique. While part of the Virgin brand, they did not include the Virgin branding, a fact that was not overlooked. From the start it was decided that the Doctor Who imprint would be replaced with the more “appropriate” Virgin branding more associated with the New Adventures range.
- Dedicated to the memories of David Whitaker, Patrick Toughton and William Hartnell and with special thanks to June Barry.
- Features Seventh Doctor and Ace illustrated advert for Doctor Who Magazine.
- Doctor Who 30th Anniversary logo features on back cover.
- Back cover flash reads `TARGET DOCTOR WHO NOVELIZATIONS 8 MILLION COPIES SOLD’
Additional cover images Edit
To be added
British publication history Edit
One single paperback edition, priced £4.50 (UK).
Editions published outside Britain Edit
To be added
See also Edit