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The Three Doctors
Doctor Who The Three Doctors
Based on: The Three Doctors
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion(s): Jo
Featuring: First Doctor
Second Doctor
The Brig, Benton
Main enemy: Omega, Gell guards
Main setting: Earth, circa 1970s
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Read by: Gabriel Woolf, Katy Manning
Cover by: Chris Achilleos
Release details
Release number: 64 (given to later editions)
Release date: 20 November 1975
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 11 Chapters, 127 Pages
ISBN 0-426-11578-3
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The Three Doctors was a novelisation based on the 1972 television serial The Three Doctors.

Publisher's summary Edit

1975 edition Edit

Jo glanced up at the Doctor. 'Things must be pretty serious then.' 'They are, Jo. Very serious indeed. The whole of the Universe is in danger!'

The most amazing DOCTOR WHO adventure, in which Doctors One, Two and Three cross time and space and come together to fight a ruthlessly dangerous enemy – OMEGA. Once a Time Lord himself, now exiled to a black hole in space, Omega is seeking a bitter and deadly revenge against the whole Universe...

DOCTOR WHO scripts — awarded the 1974 Writers' Guild Award for the best British children's original drama script.

2012 BBC Edition Edit

The President of the Time Lords turned triumphantly to the Chancellor. "You see, my Lord? We cannot help the Doctor, but perhaps he can help himself!"

A mysterious black hole is draining away power from the Universe. Even the Time Lords are threatened. The Doctor is also in trouble. Creatures from the black hole besiege UNIT Headquarters. The only person who can help the Doctor is... himself.

The Time Lords being together the first three incarnations of the Doctor to discover the truth about the black hole and stop the energy drain. The Doctors and their companions travel through the black hole itself, into a universe of anti-matter. Here they meet one of the very first Time Lords - Omega, who gave his race the power to travel through time.

Trappend for aeons in the black hole, he now plans to escape - whatever the cost.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story originally broadcast from 30 December 1972 to 20 January 1973.

Featuring the first three Doctors as played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, together with Jo Grant and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Lightning from Space
  2. Attack from the Unknown
  3. The Menace of the Black Hole
  4. Beyond the Unknown
  5. A Shock for the Brigadier
  6. In the Hands of the Enemy
  7. Door to Freedom
  8. Escape from Omega
  9. 'All things shall be destroyed'
  10. Return through the Flame
  11. Three Doctors Minus Two

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Jo is given greater respect from the First Doctor than in the television story.
  • The Second Doctor speaks to the the man from the ministry in person rather than on videophone.
  • An original sequence features the Brigadier, Jo and Benton fruitlessly trying to fortify UNIT.
  • The last name of Arthur Ollis is changed to Arthur Hollis.
  • There is a Young Time Lord in the novel that was not present in the TV story.
  • The Gel guards are named as Blob men.
  • The Blob men, as Terrance Dicks described them, appear to have arms and legs and a sort of head. This is different from the TV story, as in the TV story, they are blobs of jelly with a claw.
  • The blob men are more advanced in the novel. An example is when Benton blows one apart, the legs keep running before finally, the legs fall down.
  • Mrs. Ollis (Hollis in this novel) has the first name of Mary.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Title page includes: “THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO: The cover illustration portrays the first, second and third Doctors”
  • This was the first novelisation to be published without using the form "Doctor Who and ..."
  • A few years after this book was published, Target Books began numbering its Doctor Who novelisations. Rather than number the stories in order of broadcast, or original publication, Target initially numbered the books alphabetically. Coincidentally, however, The Three Doctors, numbered as No. 64 in the Target series, was also the sixty-fourth story to be broadcast (if one does not consider the single-episode TV: Mission to the Unknown as a standalone story).

Errors Edit

  • There is a reference in Chapter 7 to the Master being the only other Time Lord the Doctor has faced as an enemy before Omega. This is incorrect, as the Monk is a Time Lord. (TV: The Time Meddler)

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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


60p (UK)
1976 reissue with new cover by Jeff Cummins
1991 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £2.50 (UK)

Editions published outside Britain Edit

to be added

 Audiobook Edit

An unabridged audiobook of the story was recorded by Gabriel Woolf for the RNIB in 1978, alongside The Loch Ness Monster and Carnival of Monsters. It was only available to the registered blind. More recently in 2014, BBC Audio released a new recording of the story, read by Katy Manning.

More recently, a new reading of the story was released by BBC Audio and read by Katy Manning.

The audio set of four CDs was released in April 2010 priced £13.99 (UK)

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