Publisher's summary Edit
Disturbed by the time travel experiments of the evil Dastari and Chessene, the Time Lords send the Second Doctor and Jamie to investigate. Arriving on a station in deep space, they are attacked by a shock force of Sontarans and the Doctor is left for dead.
Across the gulfs of time and space, the Sixth Doctor discovers that his former incarnation is very much alive. Together with Peri and Jamie he must rescue his other self before the plans of Dastari and Chessene reach their deadly and shocking conclusion...
Chapter titles Edit
- Countdown to Death
- Massacre on J7
- Tomb in Space
- Adios, Doña Arana
- Creature of the Darkness
- The Bell Tolls
- The Doctor's Dilemma
- Company of Madmen
- A Song for Supper
- Shockeye the Donor
- Ice Passage Ambush
- Alas, Poor Oscar
Deviations from televised story Edit
- A scant prologue featuring what is implied to be the Time Lords in yellow robes in a violet, misty garden where the flowers grow as tall as trees is recounted briefly by Jamie.
- Much of the violence and gore has been exacerbated in the novelisation, featuring grisly details of the duty officer's acidulous murder, the bullet-ridden corpses of massacred scientists, the sanguineous method in which Chessene reads the Dona Arana's mind, the Sontarans' merciless deaths, etc.
- A fire breaks out in the main computer room while the Sixth Doctor is focussing his mind for astral projection, forcing Peri and Jamie to move him into the corridor as the flames consume the station.
- The Sixth Doctor hesitates to combat Dastari, telling Jamie he was once a champion sampola wrestler.
- Chessene's use of coronic acid alarms Dastari, as the Rutans are the weapon's inventors. With it they decimated the Sontarans at Vollotha.
- The reference to Victoria Waterfield studying graphology is excised, although Jamie remains aware of who the Time Lords are.
- The opening scene with the Second Doctor is parodied with the Sixth Doctor.
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- The publishing issue regarding making payment for using the likeness of actors in the covers of the novelisation was very much a complicated (and costly) issue at the time. It was an issue that meant this cover did not feature the either of the Doctors' faces.
- The cover price for this special (collectible) novelisation (with gold foil logo), rose from £1.50 to £1.75, before dropping down to the increased price of £1.60).
- There is a suggestion that this title had a first print run of 100,000 copies (beating the previous high of 65,000 copies of The Myth Makers and Marco Polo), but the recorded figures show a first print run of only 60,000). The fact that most of these copies were sent to the USA meant that a rapid reprint was needed. The combination of the two first very-close print runs may explain the discrepancy.
- Cover Flash: The 100th DOCTOR WHO NOVEL!
- Cover Flash: INTRODUCTION BY JOHN NATHAN-TURNER
- Back page includes Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offers without the colour images.
Cover gallery Edit
British publication history Edit
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK