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Doctor Who - The Novelisations

By Paul Scoones

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DOCTOR WHO AND THE DAY OF THE DALEKS by Terrance Dicks

[The Day of the Daleks: cover version 1] [The Day of the Daleks: cover version 2] [The Day of the Daleks: cover version 3] [The Day of the Daleks: cover version 4] [The Day of the Daleks: cover version 5]
Covers: Chris Achilleos (1974-75; 1976-82); Andrew Skilleter (1981 HB; 1982-87); Alister Pearson (1991-94)
Terrance Dicks' second novelisation and the sixth book published was adapted from Louis Marks' scripts and incorporated segments cut from the televised story as well as adding extra material including entire chapters at the beginning and end that featured untelevised material. Some of the details were changed from the televised version, including Monia becoming Moni, the house was called Austerly instead of Auderly and a railway tunnel was featured instead of a canal tunnel. Some of these changes were present in the original scripts. Chris Achilleos drew eleven interior illustrations - this was the last of four books for which he provided the interior illustrations - one of which was a map of the grounds of the house where much of the action took place. Achilleos also created the cover artwork which appeared with a black 'block' logo and an orange spine and back cover. The first paperback edition was published April 1974, and was priced 30p. It was reprinted 1974 (30p, second impression) and April 1975 (30p). In 1976 the cover was altered to feature a black curve logo with a white spine and back cover. Printings in this format included: 1976 (40p, second impression), 1978 (60p, third impression, print run 15,000), 1979 (70p, third impression), 1979 (75p, fourth impression, print run 12,000), 15 August 1980 (75p, fourth impression, print run 12,000), 1980 (75p, fifth impression). A hardback edition was published 21 August 1981 with new cover artwork by Andrew Skilleter, a yellow neon logo and a blue spine and back cover, priced £4.50 with a print run of 3,000. The text was re-typeset for the hardback, removing all of the interior illustrations. The paperback was next issued in 1982, priced £1.35. This edition had the Chris Achilleos cover, black curve logo and white spine and back cover, but adopted the new typesetting from the hardback without interior illustrations. All editions published after this time were without the interior illustrations. The book was issued again in 1982, featuring the Andrew Skilleter cover artwork that had first appeared on the hardback, but with a red neon logo, white spine and back cover. Further printings in this format included 1984 (£1.35) and 1987 (£1.95, re-jacketed 1984 printing, print run 9,000). From 1984 the book was numbered 18 in the Doctor Who library. The book was re-issued 18 April 1991, retitled Doctor Who - The Day of the Daleks, priced £2.50 with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson, the McCoy logo and a blue spine. This edition had a print run of 8,000 copies. The book was again reprinted 20 January 1994, priced £3.50. There were also 1994 editions priced at £2.50. The novelisation was also included in a hardback called Doctor Who - Dalek Omnibus, which was a collection of three Dalek novelisations all by Terrance Dicks. This book was published 23 June 1983, priced £6.95 with new cover artwork by Andrew Skilleter.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE CURSE OF PELADON by Brian Hayles

[The Curse of Peladon: cover version 1] [The Curse of Peladon: cover version 2] [The Curse of Peladon: cover version 3] [The Curse of Peladon: cover version 4] [The Curse of Peladon: cover version 5]
Covers: Chris Achilleos (1975-77; 1979; 1980-84); Brian Donohoe (HB only, 1980); Alister Pearson (1992)
Brian Hayles novelized his own scripts for this, the eleventh novelisation. It was the first of two books Hayles wrote for the series. The book is mostly faithful to the televised version but one notable omission is the suggestion that the Time Lords were responsible, present in the last scene of the TV story. The cover was painted by Chris Achilleos and featured a black 'block' logo and a brown spine and back cover. The book featured a set of six interior illustrations which were drawn by Alan Willow. The first paperback edition was published January 1975 (although it was originally due out in late 1974, as indicated by the publication date in the book), and was priced 30p. It was reprinted March 1976 (40p) and 1977 (40p). The July 1979 reprinting saw the cover altered to feature a white curve logo (the only instance of the logo ever appearing on a novelisation cover with this colour scheme), but retaining the brown spine and back cover. This edition was priced 70p and had a print run of 12,000. The book was then simultaneously published in hardback and paperback 17 July 1980 but with two very different looking covers. The hardback featured a new cover painting by Bill Donohoe, with a green curve logo and green spine and back cover. This edition had a print run of 3,000 and was priced £3.95. The Donohoe cover art never appeared on a paperback edition. The paperback edition saw the white curve logo of the previous paperback edition replaced with a brown one, matching the spine and back cover, over the previously used Chris Achilleos artwork. This edition was priced 75p, and had a print run of 12,000. There was a second printing in 1980 with the same quantity. The book was reprinted in 1982 (£1.50, print run 6,000) and 1984 (£1.35). From 1984, the book was numbered 13 in the Doctor Who library. The book was re-issued 18 June 1992, retitled Doctor Who - The Curse of Peladon, priced £2.99 with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson, the McCoy logo and a blue spine.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE SEA-DEVILS by Malcolm Hulke

[The Sea-Devils: cover version 1] [The Sea-Devils: cover version 2]
Covers: Chris Achilleos (1974-76); John Geary (1979-1987)
This was Malcolm Hulke's third novelisation and the ninth in the series. It was originally intended to be titled Doctor Who and the Sea-Monsters (presumably to match Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters), and was written in just over a week, 3-12 January 1974. In typical Hulke fashion, he made a large number of changes in adapting his own scripts. Much was added to the first episode, including details of the Master's trial, but subsequent episodes were reduced from their TV length. The story is defined as taking place in 1977 and the book includes footnotes referring the reader to Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters, and Doctor Who and the Daemons, the latter of which was published simultaneously with The Sea-Devils. The cover was painted by Chris Achilleos and featured a black 'block' logo and a green spine and back cover. The book featured a set of six interior illustrations which were drawn by Alan Willow. The first paperback edition was published 17 October 1974, priced 30p. It was reprinted 1975 (40p, second impression), and January 1976 (40p, second impression). The cover was then replaced with a new painting by John Geary and featuring a green curve logo and a white spine and back cover. This version was first published 19 April 1979 (60p, second impression, print run 12,000 copies), and was reprinted 15 January 1981 (dated 1980, 90p, third impression, print run 15,000). A hardback edition was finally produced in 1981, featuring the John Geary cover artwork with an green curve logo, blue spine and back cover, published 18 June 1981, priced £4.25, with a print run of 3,000 copies. Further paperback editions were printed in 1982 (£1.35), 1984 (£1.35), and 1987 (£1.95, re-jacketed 1984 printing, print run 4,000). The 1984 and 1987 editions were numbered 54 in the Doctor Who library. The book was due to be republished in May 1992 as Doctor Who - The Sea-Devils, a rush-release reusing the John Geary artwork with the McCoy logo and a blue spine to tie in with a repeat on BBC2. However although a cover proof was produced, this edition was never printed.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE MUTANTS by Terrance Dicks

[The Mutants cover]
Cover: Jeff Cummins (1977-87)
An unusual feature of all paperback versions of this book is that the abbreviated title 'Dr Who' appears on the spine. The full name 'Doctor Who' appears on the spine of the hardback edition. Terrance Dicks stuck closely to the TV version scripted by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. This book featured popular artist Jeff Cummins' first original edition cover painting, which remained for all editions of this book. Unusually, Cummins received a credit on the back cover. The Third Doctor's face was not used on this or subsequent covers in line with a new policy of only featuring the Doctor's face on books based on stories from the current Doctor's era. The first page of the book however erroneously makes reference to the Doctor's appearance on the cover, in its 'The Changing Face of Doctor Who' section and this feature was dropped from all subsequent titles. The cover had a black curve logo and a white spine and back cover. The book was first published simultaneously in hardback and paperback 29 September 1977. The hardback was priced £2.95, with a print run of 3,000 copies. The paperback was priced 60p, with a print run of 30,000 copies. Subsequent paperback reprintings include20 November 1979 (75p, second impression), 1982 (£1.25, reprinted twice), 1984 (£1.35, print run 15,000), 1984 (print run 14,800) and 1987 (£1.95, print run 15,000, which was a re-jacketed version of the 1982 and 1984 printings). From 1984, editions were numbered 44 in the Doctor Who library.

DOCTOR WHO - THE TIME MONSTER by Terrance Dicks

[The Time Monster cover]
Cover: Andrew Skilleter (1986)
This was the penultimate Third Doctor novelisation and also completed the Ninth Season. Terrance Dicks turned out a faithful adaptation of Robert Sloman's scripts. This was one of only two Third Doctor first editions featuring a Andrew Skilleter painting on the cover. The cover featured a red neon logo and a blue spine and back cover. The book was first published in hardback 12 September 1985, priced £6.25. The only standalone paperback edition was published 13 February 1986, priced £1.60, with a print run of 55,000 copies. The book was number 102 in the Doctor Who Library. The novelisation was reissued paired with Barry Letts' adaptation of The Daemons, in the fourth volume of the Doctor Who Classics series, published by Star Books 16 March 1988, priced £2.95.

DOCTOR WHO - THE THREE DOCTORS by Terrance Dicks

[The Three Doctors: cover version 1] [The Three Doctors: cover version 2] [The Three Doctors: cover version 3]
Covers: Chris Achilleos (1975-76); Jeff Cummins (1976-84); Alister Pearson (1991)
This novelisation represented a challenge to Terrance Dicks, writing his seventh Doctor Who novel, in that he had to differentiate in his writing between three versions of the same character. His solution was to have Jo Grant think of Troughton's version as 'Doctor Two' and Hartnell as 'the old man'. The book was also unusual in that it was also the first in the series not to follow the title format of 'Doctor Who and the...'. The book is a reasonably faithful adaptation of the serial by Bob Baker and Dave Martin with some minor changes, for instance Mr Ollis was Mr Hollis in the book. The cover was painted by Chris Achilleos, returning after a brief break, during which time Peter Brookes had provided the cover art for four titles. Achilleos also painted a small back cover illustration for the paperback, a feature that had been introduced whilst Brookes was painting the covers. The cover had a black curve logo and a white spine and back cover. The book was first published simultaneously in hardback and paperback 20 November 1975. The hardback was priced £2.25. The paperback was priced 35p, and was reprinted in 1976 as a 'second impression' priced 40p. The last appearance of the Chris Achilleos cover was on a reprint of the hardcover in 1977, with a print run of 1,500 copies. The previous year, the paperback version was issued with new cover artwork by Jeff Cummins, featuring a red curve logo and a white spine and back cover, this time without a back cover illustration. The cover was also retitled Doctor Who and the Three Doctors. This version first appeared in 1976, priced 60p, 'second impression'. It was reprinted 20 April 1978 (60p, print run 14,500), 25 October 1979 (75p, 'third impression'), 1980 (85p), 1982 (£1.35), 1983 (£1.35), and 1984 (£1.50, print run 6,000). The 1983 and 1984 editions numbered numbered 64 in the Doctor Who library. The book was re-issued 15 August 1991, reverting to the original title Doctor Who - The Three Doctors, priced £2.50 with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson, the McCoy logo and a blue spine. This edition had a print run of 9,000, and proof covers, corrected before publication, had the cover tag line 'Based on a Doctor Who adventure first broadcast in 1872'.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS by Terrance Dicks

[The Carnival of Monsters: cover version 1] [The Carnival of Monsters: cover version 2]
Covers: Chris Achilleos (1977-85); Alister Pearson (1993)
The publication of this book saw the completion of the novelisations for Season Ten - the first season to be fully novelised. Terrance Dicks' novelisation is closely based on Robert Holmes' original scripts, containing many scenes cut from the TV version. The book includes a footnote referring the reader back to The Three Doctors, published one year earlier. The cover artwork was painted by Chris Achilleos, with a green curve logo and yellow spine and back cover. The book was first published simultaneously in hardback and paperback 20 January 1977. The hardback was priced £2.50, with a print run of 3,000 copies. The paperback was priced 50p, with a print run of 35,000 copies. The hardback was reprinted in 1978, priced £2.95, with a print run of 1,500 copies. Subsequent paperback reprintings include 19 April 1979 (70p, 'second impression', print run 12,000), 1979 (85p, possibly a rejacketed 1980 reprinting), 1980 (85p, 'third impression'), 1982 (£1.25), 1984 (£1.35), and 1985 (£1.50, print run 10,000). The 1985 edition was numbered 8 in the Doctor Who library. The book was re-issued 20 May 1993, retitled Doctor Who - Carnival of Monsters, priced £3.50 with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson, the McCoy logo and a blue spine.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE SPACE WAR by Malcolm Hulke

[The Space War: cover version 1] [The Space War: cover version 2]
Covers: Chris Achilleos (1976; 1976-87)
Malcolm Hulke's sixth contribution to the series was perhaps his most faithful adaptation of one of his own scripts, with the most significant change being his rewriting of the last few scenes. One of the characters called Patel on TV was renamed Doughty in the book. The main character is called 'Doctor Who', and the book had a title change from Frontier in Space to Doctor Who and the Space War which was considered more appealing to readers. The cover was painted by Chris Achilleos, and doesn't feature the Doctor's face, even though the title page claimed that it did. The cover had a green curve logo and a white spine and back cover. The book was first published simultaneously in hardback and paperback 23 September 1976. The hardback was priced £2.50, with a print run of 3,000 copies. The paperback was priced 45p, with a print run of 40,000 copies. The hardback was reprinted in 1978 with a print run of 1, 500 copies. Subsequent paperback reprintings all featured a blue curve logo in place of the original green version. The book was reprinted 18 January 1979 (60p, 'second impression', print run 10,000), 21 February 1980 (85p, print run 15,000), 1982 (£1.25), 1983 (£1.35), 1984 (£1.35), and 1987 (£1.95, print run 14,500, which was a re-jacketed version of the 1984 printing). The 1984 and 1987 editions were numbered 57 in the Doctor Who library.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE PLANET OF THE DALEKS by Terrance Dicks

[The Planet of the Daleks: cover version 1] [The Planet of the Daleks: cover version 2] [The Planet of the Daleks: cover version 3]
Covers: Chris Achilleos (1976-77, 1980-87; 1978); Alister Pearson (1992)
In a rare example of Target following the TV series story order, this book based on Terry Nation's serial, was published directly after its predecessor, The Space War, but unfortunately although the stories are linked on screen, both Hulke and Dicks altered the respective ending and beginning of their books so that the connection no longer works as well. Chris Achilleos' cover painting is a unique departure from his usual style, in that for once the Third Doctor is not depicted as a black and white line drawing. The cover has a red curve logo and a white spine and back cover. The book was first published simultaneously in hardback and paperback 21 October 1976. The hardback was priced £2.50, with a print run of 3,000 copies. The paperback was priced 45p, with a print run of 40,000 copies. The paperback was reprinted many times, firstly 21 July 1977 (60p, print run 10,000). The 1978 'Second Impression' reprinting (60p, print run 4,000), uniquely features a green curve logo - all other editions of the Achilleos cover have a red logo. The book was again reprinted in 1980 (75p, 'third impression', print run 12,000), 1980 (85p), 1982 (twice, £1.25), 1983 (print run 20,000), 1984 (£1.35) and 1987 (£1.95, print run 8,400, which was a re-jacketed version of the 1984 printing). Later editions were numbered 46 in the Doctor Who library. The book was re-issued 16 July 1992, retitled Doctor Who - Planet of the Daleks, priced £2.99 with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson, the McCoy logo and a blue spine. The novelisation was also included in a hardback called Doctor Who - Dalek Omnibus, which was a collection of three Dalek novelisations all by Terrance Dicks. This book was published 23 June 1983, priced £6.95 with new cover artwork by Andrew Skilleter.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE GREEN DEATH by Malcolm Hulke

[The Green Death: cover version 1] [The Green Death: cover version 2]
Covers: Peter Brookes (1975-77); Alun Hood (1979-85)
Based on Robert Sloman's serial this, the fourth of Malcolm Hulke's seven books was the only one not adapted from one of Hulke's own scripts. As usual, Hulke made a number of changes, including altering the name of the company from Global to Panorama Chemicals, changing dialogue and removing scenes, especially from the last few episodes. The character of Elgin appears throughout the whole book as per the original scripts, whereas on TV he was replaced mid-story by Mr James. The cover was painted by Peter Brookes, who also produced a small back cover painting that only appeared on the first two printings. This was the last book to feature a set of interior illustrations, which were drawn by Alan Willow, who provided six for this book. The cover featured a green curve logo and a white spine and back cover. The paperback was first published 21 August 1975, priced 35p. It was reprinted April 1976, priced 40p, 'second impression', and 24 March 1977, priced 40p. A new cover illustration was introduced painted by Alun Hood, featured with a green curve logo, white spine and back cover. This version was first published 29 March 1979, priced 60p, 'second impression', with a print run of 12,000 copies. It was reprinted 24 April 1980, priced 75p, with a print run of another 12,000 copies. A hardback edition was finally produced in 1981, featuring the Alun Hood cover artwork with a green curve logo, green spine and back cover, published 16 April 1981, priced £4.25, with a print run of 2,750 copies. Further paperback editions were printed in 1982 (£1.35), 1982 (£1.50, print run 20,000 copies), 1983 (£1.35) and 1985 (£1.50). The 1983 and 1985 editions were numbered 29 in the Doctor Who library.

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