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The Space Museum (novelisation)

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The Space Museum
Space Museum novel
Based on: The Space Museum
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Barbara, Ian, Vicki
Main enemy: Moroks
Main setting: Xeros
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Glyn Jones
Read by: Maureen O'Brien
Release details
Release number: 117
Release date: 18 June 1987
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 6 Chapters, 142 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20289-9
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The Space Museum was a novelisation based on the 1965 television serial The Space Museum.

Publisher's summary Edit

The TARDIS materialises on what, at first sight appears to be a dry and lifeless planet, serving only as a graveyard for spaceships.

Then the TARDIS crew discovers a magnificent museum housing relics from every corner of the galaxy. These have been assembled by the Moroks, a race of cruel conquerors who have invaded the planet Xeros and enslaved its inhabitants.

Upon further exploration the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki seem to stumble upon the impossible. For suddenly facing them in an exhibit case they find-themselves.

Chapter titles Edit

  1. AD 0000
  2. Exploration
  3. Discovery
  4. Capture
  5. Rescue
  6. The Final Phase

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Much of Dako's part, such as the first meeting with Tor and Sita and capturing the Doctor, is given to a new character, Bo. Dako is changed to the Xerons' contact among the slave workers and doesn't appear until he goes to find Barbara.
  • Another new character, Gyar, accompanies the Xerons to the armoury and takes on Sita's role of going with Vicki to find Barbara.
  • The Morok commander is named as Ogrek and the Morok that Ian captures is named Pluton. Pluton saves Dako and Gyar's lives by telling his superiors they are dead; in return, the Xerons spare him when they storm the headquarters and he accompanies them when they kill Lobos and Ogrek.
  • Lobos is given a robot companion, Matt, who he destroys in a fit of rage.
  • The Doctor's explanation for why they jumped a time track is omitted, with him simply producing the component which caused it.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Inside back cover includes in colour Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offers!
  • The original Target edition featured the artwork of David McAllister.

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

Hardback (January 1987)
  • W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:[tel:0491032951 0491032951], copies priced £7.25 (UK))
Paperback (June 1987)
  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. Single paperback edition, estimated print run: 32,500, priced £1.80 (UK).

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released 4 February 2016 complete and unabridged by BBC Physical Audio and read by Maureen O'Brien.

External links Edit

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