Publisher's summary Edit
1984 edition Edit
When the TARDIS materialises on Earth in the year 2084, the Doctor meets an old enemy – the Sea Devils. Once the masters of this planet, they are now forced to live in the murky depths of the sea. But their intention is to reclaim their position of domination...
This will entail the infiltration of Earth's defence systems and the provocation of another World War, more terrible than any yet experienced, to bring about the complete annihilation of the human race.
Not only is the first stage of the Sea Devil's attack successful, their associates in this dastardly plan are the sinister Silurians, also known to the Doctor of old.
Chapter titles Edit
- The Intruder
- The Traitors
- The Sea Devils Awake
- The Attack
- The Myrka
- The Breakthrough
- The Hostage
Deviations from televised story Edit
- In the televised version it is implied the Sea Devils are hibernating in a bunker beneath the ocean floor. In the novelisation they are hibernating in the lower depths of the Silurian craft.
- Terrance Dicks in his novelisation makes no implication regarding the two sides in the human conflict, clearly referring to them as "East Bloc" and "West Bloc".
- The novelisation explains that Tegan's foot is undamaged when trapped under the heavy door "by a kind of freak accident".
- Terrance Dicks paints Doctor Solow as a sympathetic character, persuaded by Nilson that the "East Bloc" had the solution to banish suffering and injustice from the world.
- Icthar's reference to twice having offered the hand of friendship does not fit with shown continuity (possibly explained in the Virgin Missing Adventures novel The Scales of Injustice), and is rewritten as the Doctor having twice tried in vain to make peace.
- Icthar is clearly identified as the unnamed Silurian previously encountered by the Third Doctor in the televised Doctor Who and the Silurians.
- Terrance Dicks retains in his novel an attempted rescue of the Doctor by Turlough and Preston, cut from the televised version to emphasise Turlough's cowardice and selfishness.
- On television the Sea Devils had been hibernating for hundreds of years. In the novelisation Terrance Dicks changes this to thousands.
- When Nilson takes Tegan hostage, the Doctor follows them to the ultraviolet converter. In the novelisation, when the Doctor follows, he grabs a base rifle for protection, but is forced to abandon it when Nilson threatens Tegan with his blaster.
- The world of 2084 is explored in detail.
- This was the first book to use the white outline version of the Target Books logo, which would be used for the remainder of the range's run. The previous colour logo appeared on one book published later before being retired.
Additional cover images Edit
British publication history Edit
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK