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The War Machines
War Machines novel
Novelised as: The War Machines
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Dodo, Ben, Polly
Main enemy: WOTAN, War Machines
Main setting: London, 20 July 1966
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Ian Stuart Black
Release details
Release number: 136
Release date: 16 February 1989
Format: Paperback Book; 13 Chapters, 144 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20332-1
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The War Machines was a novelisation based on the 1966 television serial The War Machines.

Publisher's summary Edit

1989 edition Edit

London, 1966 — when the TARDIS materialises outside the Post Office Tower The Doctor becomes aware of a powerful and evil force nearby, so he and the ever-curious Dodo set off to investigate.

Inside the tower they track down the source of power to Professor Brett and WOTAN, his revolutionary new computer.

Designed as a universal problem solver, WOTAN has suddenly begun to think for itself and has formulated a deadly plan. Using its phenomenal power it will programme humans to build mobile fighting computers, and with these indestructible war machines WOTAN will take over the world...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. The Home-Coming
  2. The Super-Computer
  3. A Night Out
  4. Servant turned Master
  5. Putting the Team Together
  6. Working for the Cause
  7. A Demonstration of Power
  8. The One Who Got Away
  9. Attack and Defence
  10. Taking to the Streets
  11. Setting the Trap
  12. The Showdown
  13. We Can't Stay Long

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The Doctor gains access to the Post Office Tower with forged credentials and the fact that he and Brett have a mutual acquaintance in Ian Chesterton.
  • The Doctor defeats the first War Machine by burning out its circuit with a radiowave, rather than it simply stopping.
  • The second War Machine is named as Valk. It is not armed prior to going rogue, meaning the Doctor has to fit it with an automatic rifle after reprogramming it.
  • The Doctor enters the tower on realising humans are in danger from Valk's attack.
  • The battle between WOTAN and Valk is more involved, with the computer trying to defend itself with electrical charges.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

First publication: Paperback (February 1989)

  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. One single paperback edition, estimated print run: 21,000, priced £1.99 (UK).

Re-issues: (November 1992)

  • Target / Virgin Publishing, priced £2.99 (UK).

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