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DOCTOR WHO AND THE TIME WARRIOR by Terrance Dicks

[The Time Warrior: cover version 1] [The Time Warrior: cover version 2]
Covers: Roy Knipe (1978-84); Alister Pearson (1993)
Although the book does not credit him, the original author of this book was the story's writer, Robert Holmes. Holmes wrote ten pages before abandoning the adaptation. Terrance Dicks took up the task, but retained Holmes' contribution which forms a prologue created specially for the book, telling how the Sontaran Linx came to land on Earth. Artist Roy Knipe painted the cover, his first of six paintings for the range, and the cover featured a red curve logo and a white spine and back cover. The novelisation was first published in hardback 18 May 1978, priced £2.95 with a print run of 4,000 copies. The first paperback edition appeared 29 June 1978 priced 60p with a print run of 25,000 copies. The paperback was reprinted as a 'Second Impression' 21 February 1980 (75p, print run 12,000), 1982 (£1.35), 1983 (£1.35) and 1984 (£1.50, print run 15,000). The 1983 and 1984 editions were numbered 65 in the Doctor Who library. The book was re-issued 17 June 1993, retitled Doctor Who - The Time Warrior, priced £3.50 with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson, the McCoy logo and a blue spine. This was a rejacketed version of the 1984 printing.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE DINOSAUR INVASION by Malcolm Hulke

[The Dinosaur Invasion: cover version 1] [The Dinosaur Invasion: cover version 2] [The Dinosaur Invasion: cover version 2]
Covers: Chris Achilleos (1976); Jeff Cummins (1978-84); Alister Pearson (1993)
The first five of Hulke's novelisations were written in chronological order, one from each season. This was his fifth, and featured footnotes referring back to two of his earlier books, The Cave-Monsters and The Green Death, as well as a preface section providing factual information about dinosaurs. Hulke made a number of changes, including replacing the Whomobile with a motorbike as it had been in his original scripts. The first and last sections are new to the book; the TV version ended with the Doctor trying to coerce Sarah into a trip to Florana, which linked in with the following story. The serial was titled Invasion of the Dinosaurs but the book was renamed Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion. Chris Achilleos painted the cover and incorporated a comic strip-style sound effect 'KKLAK!' into the artwork, which apparently displeased the publishers who asked the artist not to repeat this innovation. The cover featured an orange curve logo and a white spine and back cover. The book was simultaneously published in hardback and paperback 19 February 1976. The paperback was priced 40p; the hardback was priced £2.25 with a print run of 3,000 copies, and reprinted in 1977 with a print run of 1,500 copies. Jeff Cummins produced a new cover painting, with a red curve logo and a white spine and back cover, for the 'Second Impression' paperback published 29 June 1978, priced 60p, with a print run of 25,000 copies. The Cummins cover was used on four subsequent reprintings, including 13 December 1979 (75p, 'Third Impression', print run 12,000 copies), 1982 (£1.35), 1983 (£1.35), and 1984 (£1.35). The 1984 edition was numbered 22 in the Doctor Who library. The book was reissued 18 November 1993 with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson with the McCoy logo and a blue spine, priced £3.50, retitled Doctor Who - Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

DOCTOR WHO - DEATH TO THE DALEKS by Terrance Dicks

[Death to the Daleks: cover version 1] [Death to the Daleks: cover version 2]
Covers: Roy Knipe (1978-85); Alister Pearson (1991)
Terrance Dicks' novelisation, based on the television serial by Terry Nation, was only the second published without the word 'and' in the title. The cover painting was by Roy Knipe, his second of six covers for the series, and was featured with a black curve logo and a white spine and back cover. The novelisation was published in paperback 20 July 1978, priced 60p, with a print run of 25,000 copies. A hardback edition was also published in July 1978, priced £3.25 with a print run of 3,500 copies. The paperback was reprinted as a 'Second Impression' 20 November 1979, 75p, with a print run of 12,000 copies. A 'Third Impression' appeared in 1980, priced 75p. The book was printed twice in 1982, priced £1.35, and twice again in 1984, priced £1.35 for the first printing and £1.50 for the second. 1985 saw yet another printing, priced £1.50, with a print run of 10,000 copies. The 1984 and 1985 editions were numbered 20 in the Doctor Who library. The book was reissued 18 April 1991 with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson with the McCoy logo and a blue spine, priced £2.50, with a print run of 8,000 copies.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE MONSTER OF PELADON by Terrance Dicks

[The Monster of Peladon: cover version 1] [The Monster of Peladon: cover version 2]
Covers: Steve Kyte (1980-84); Alister Pearson (1992)
When this book appeared in December 1980 it was the first new Third Doctor novelisation published in over two years, its immediate predecessor being Death to the Daleks in July 1978. It was also the last until July 1984. Terrance Dicks produced a faithful adaptation of Brian Hayles' serial. The book featured a cover painting by Steve Kyte, his second of only two Doctor Who novelisation covers, and featured a green curve logo, with a green spine and back cover. The book was first published in hardback 20 November 1980, priced £3.95 with a print run of 3,250 copies. The first paperback edition appeared 4 December 1980, priced 85p, with a print run of 35,000 copies. The paperback was reprinted 1982 (£1.25), 1984 (£1.35) and 1987 (£1.95), the 1987 edition being a re-jacketed version of 8,300 copies from the 1984 printing, which also saw the book numbered 43 in the Doctor Who library. The book was reissued 18 June 1992, retitled Doctor Who - The Monster of Peladon, with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson with the McCoy logo and a blue spine, priced £2.99.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE PLANET OF THE SPIDERS by Terrance Dicks

[The Planet of the Spiders: cover version 1] [The Planet of the Spiders: cover version 2] [The Planet of the Spiders: cover version 2]
Covers: Peter Brookes (1975); Alun Hood (1978-84); Alister Pearson (1991)
Terrance Dicks' sixth novelisation was a faithful adaptation of Robert Sloman's serial, with the chapter endings matching the originally-planned cliffhangers. A prologue featuring Jo Grant was added specially for the book. The first edition featured a cover painting by Peter Brookes with an orange curve logo and a white spine and back cover. The back cover also featured a second smaller picture by Brookes. The first paperback edition was published 16 October 1975, priced 35p. A hardback edition was issued 20 November 1975, priced £2.25. This was the first of the regular hardback releases (previously only the initial five novelisations had been issued in hardback). A 'Second Impression' of the hardback was released in 1977, priced £2.95. The paperback 'Second Impression' published 28 September 1978 featured a new cover painting by Alun Hood, with a blue curve logo and a white spine and back cover, priced 60p, print run 10,000 copies. The book was reprinted in this format in 1979 ('Third Impression', 70p, 12,000 copies), 1980 (85p, 15,000 copies), 1982, and 1984 (£1.35). The 1984 edition was numbered 48 in the Doctor Who library. The book was reissued 22 August 1991, retitled Doctor Who - Planet of the Spiders, with a new cover painting by Alister Pearson with the McCoy logo and a blue spine, priced £2.50, print run 9,000 copies.

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This item appeared in TSV 32 (February 1993).

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