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The Revenge of the Cybermen (novelisation)

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The Revenge of the Cybermen
Revenge of the Cybermen novel
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Sarah, Harry
Main enemy: Cybermen
Main setting: Nerva Beacon and Voga, the 30th century
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen, Pinnacle Books
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: Chris Achilleos
Release details
Release number: 51
Release date: 20 May 1976
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 13 Chapters, 128 Pages
ISBN 0-426-10997-X
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Target novelisations
Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster

The Revenge of the Cybermen was a novelisation based on the 1975 serial Revenge of the Cybermen.

Publisher's summary Edit

1976 edition Edit

A mysterious plague strikes Space Beacon Nerva, killing its victims within minutes. When DOCTOR WHO lands, only four humans remain alive. One of these seems to be in league with the nearby planet of gold, Voga ... Or is he in fact working for the dreaded CYBERMEN, who are now determined to finally destroy their old enemies, the VOGANS?

The Doctor, Sarah and Harry find themselves caught in the midst of a terrifying struggle to death – between the ruthless, power-hungry Cybermen and the desperate determined Vogans.

Chapter Titles Edit

  • The Creation of the Cybermen
  1. Return to Peril
  2. The Cybermat Strikes
  3. A Hot Spot for the Doctor
  4. A Visit to Voga
  5. Rebellion!
  6. Attack of the Cybermen
  7. The Living Bombs
  8. Journey into Peril
  9. Countdown on Voga
  10. Explosion!
  11. Skystriker!
  12. 'The Biggest Bang in History'

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Magrik survives the story.
  • The Vogans needed humanity to build the glittergun because their gold is useless against the Cybermen otherwise.
  • The Cybermen in the novelisation are portrayed as they appeared in TV: The Invasion, with their helmet weapons replaced by rifles described as: "plain foot-long metal rods with white cylinders on the end."
  • An epilogue features the Doctor, Harry and Sarah setting course for Loch Ness. (TV: Terror of the Zygons)

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • The inside page includes the comments: "THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration of this book portrays the fourth DOCTOR WHO"
  • At the story's close, Sarah's question “I wonder why the Brigadier's calling us for somewhere near Loch Ness?” there is an asterix that leads to “You can discover the answer in `Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster'.
  • The first edition gives the title on the cover as Doctor Who - The Revenge of the Cybermen, but as Doctor Who and the Revenge of the Cybermen on the inside front page. Later editions use the latter title on the cover.

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback

Editions published outside Britain Edit

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