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Novelisations: First Doctor: Season 1

Novelisations: First Doctor
Archive Status / DVD Releases

With the exception of the seven episodes from Marco Polo and the fourth and fifth episodes of The Reign of Terror, all episodes from Season 1 exist in the form of 16mm telerecordings.

All episodes from Season 1 have now been released on DVD in both the UK and the United States. The first three stories were included in the Beginning box set, while the Reign of Terror release saw the two missing episodes being represented by newly-created animations which utilised the existing off-air soundtracks. A newly-restored version of The Aztecs was released in March 2013 and also included Air Lock, the previously missing episode from the Season 3 story Galaxy 4 which was re-discovered in 2011. All releases are subtitled.

Fortunately, all 97 missing episodes of Doctor Who exist in the form of off-air audio recordings, made at the time of their original transmission by fans in the UK and Australia, and have been released on CD with linking narration by a member of the cast. More recently, five CD box sets containing all of the stories which contain missing episodes have been released, with the soundtracks to Marco Polo and The Reign of Terror being included in Collection One. The two stories are also available to download individually.
Doctor Who and An Unearthly Child

by
Terrance Dicks
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and An Unearthly Child, Target Books (1981)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date October 1981
Original Price 1.25
ISBN 0426201442
Cover Artist Andrew Skilleter
Book Number (No.68)

A novelisation of the 1963 television story 100,000 BC, featuring the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman.

To celebrate the release of the first television story in novel form, the logo on the front of the first Target edition was in red foil. Later reprints using the Andrew Skilleter cover art would continue to feature the "First publication of the very first Doctor Who story" strap across the bottom right-hand corner.

Later Target reprints would be numbered No.68 in the Doctor Who Library.

Andrew Skilleter's cover art was reproduced in the large-format book Blacklight: The Art of Andrew Skilleter (Doctor Who Books, 1995).

Back Cover Blurb
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THE VERY FIRST DOCTOR WHO STORY

A strange girl who knows far more than she should about the past — and the future...

Two worried teachers whose curiosity leads them to a deserted junk yard, an extraordinary police box and a mysterious traveller known only as the Doctor...

A fantastic journey through Space and Time ending in a terrifying adventure at the dawn of history...

DOCTOR WHO AND AN UNEARTHLY CHILD

THE BEGINNING OF A LEGEND
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and An Unearthly Child
UK | Hardback | WH Allen | October 1981 | 4.95 | 0491027486
Released simultaneously with the paperback edition from Target Books. No dust jacket.
Flag of France Click for cover image Docteur Who: Entre en Scène
France | Paperback | Editions Garancière | March 1987 | 2734002019 | 1
Entre en Scène was the first of eight Doctor Who novelisations to be released in France by Editions Garancière. The cover art was by Penichoux, with the book being translated by Jean-Daniel Breque.
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Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child
UK | Paperback | Target Books | February 1990 | 2.50 | 0426201442 | No.68 A new edition of the novelisation, utilising Alister Pearson's cover art from the BBC Video release of the story, which was issued in the UK the same month. It was reproduced in David J Howe's large-format book Timeframe: An Illustrated History (Doctor Who Books, 1993).
Flag of Germany Click for cover image Doctor Who und das Kind von den Sternen
Germany | Paperback | Goldmann Verlag | 1990 | 3442236266 Doctor Who und das Kind von den Sternen was the sixth and final Doctor Who novelisation to be released in Germany between 1989 and 1990 by Goldmann Verlag, and was the only one not to feature the Daleks. Rather bizarrely, this edition used David McAllister's cover art from Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus. The book was translated by Bettina Zeller.
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Television Story
100,000 BC
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC | Black and White

23/11/63 An Unearthly Child Anthony Coburn
30/11/63 The Cave of Skulls Anthony Coburn
07/12/63 The Forest of Fear Anthony Coburn
14/12/63 The Firemaker Anthony Coburn
Notes
  • Doctor Who and An Unearthly Child was released to tie in with the Five Faces of Doctor Who repeat season on BBC2 in 1981. It included the first complete UK broadcast of 100,000 BC since 1963, as well as screenings of The Krotons, Carnival of Monsters, The Three Doctors and Logopolis.
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Scripts: The Tribe of Gum, Titan Books (1988)

Cover image: Doctor Who, The Scripts: The Masters of Luxor, Titan Books (1992)

Cover image: Doctor Who, Time and Relative, Telos Publishing (2001)
  • The scripts to 100,000 BC were released by Titan Books in 1988 under the title The Tribe of Gum. This was the only story actually produced for the television series which was written by Anthony Coburn, although he did also script The Masters of Luxor, a six-part story which wasn't produced. The complete scripts to the latter were eventually published by Titan Books in 1992 as part of their range of Doctor Who script books.
  • 100,000 BC was the very first story of the television series, and the opening episode, An Unearthly Child, is now rightly recognized as an important piece of television in its own right. Although the series would never explore what had happened to the Doctor and Susan prior to this adventure, several of the original novels and novellas did deal with the subject.

    Marc Platt's Lungbarrow, in 1997, saw the Seventh Doctor returning to Gallifrey and gave a possible explanation for the First Doctor and Susan fleeing the Time Lords in a TARDIS.

    Kim Newman's Time and Relative, published as the first novella in the Telos Publishing series, was set on Earth in the months before the Doctor kidnapped Ian and Barbara, and while Susan was a pupil at Coal Hill School.

    Tara Samm's Frayed, again published by Telos, was set in the gap between the TARDIS leaving Gallifrey and landing in 1960s London.

    Also of note are several television stories which returned to the scene of the opening episode, with Remembrance of the Daleks seeing the Seventh Doctor and Ace encountering several warring Dalek factions in Coal Hill shortly after the First Doctor had hurriedly departed, and saw scenes set at both the famous junkyard in Totter's Lane and also Coal Hill School. 1985's Attack of the Cybermen also saw the TARDIS returning to the junkyard, although for no good reason. Lawrence Miles' two-part novel Interference also featured the junkyard, again for no sensible reason, but put a rather different spin on things, with particular emphasis on IM Foreman, who owned the junkyard.
Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks

by
David Whitaker
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks, Frederick Muller Ltd (1964) Cover Reprint Cover
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher Frederick Muller Ltd
Publication Date November 1964
Original Price 12/6
ISBN N/A
Cover Artist Arnold Schwartzman
Illustrator Arnold Schwartzman

A novelisation of the 1963/4 television story The Daleks, featuring the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman.

The very first Doctor Who novelisation to be published — two further titles would be released by Frederick Muller Ltd over the following two years.

The first edition from Muller had a pink dustjacket, while the second edition onwards had a grey one.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks
UK | Paperback | Armada Paperbacks | October 1965 | 2/6
The very first Doctor Who novelisation to be made available in paperback, with cover artwork and internal illustrations by Peter Archer. Armada Paperbacks are best known to tie-in collectors for producing original novels based on many of Gerry Anderson's 1960s Supermarionation series, such as Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Stingray and Thunderbirds.
The story from the beginning! Here is the exciting adventure of Dr. Who, Susan, Barbara and Ian, from the moment they meet one foggy autumn night on a lonely common beside a Police Box (Ah, but what a curious Police Box!) to the time they encounter the weird Daleks.

It is a thrilling story, and we know this book will be one of the most popular in the Armada series.

Can you wait any longer? Start reading!
Flag of United States Click for cover image Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks
United States | Paperback | Avon Books | July 1966 | 50¢
The Avon Books edition was released to tie in with the US release of the movie Dr. Who and the Daleks, the big-screen version of The Daleks, starring Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden and Roberta Tovey.
THE DALEKS HAVE ARRIVED

Free...free... He thought when he woke in the strange machine that had whisked him away from despair on Earth. But the flight through space had ended and he and the hollow-eyed girl he found by his side were strangling in the poisoned air they swallowed with every breath. And around them lay a world in ashes controlled by a hidden city of monstrous machines.

To sleep on earth...and awaken to interplanetary horror!
Flag of United States Cover image needed Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks
United States | Hardback | Soccer Books | 1966
Details of this edition are sketchy at best, although it was at one time listed in the Library of Congress catalogue records.
Flag of Holland Click for cover image Dr. Who en de Daleks
Holland | Hardback | U.-M 'West-Friesand' | 1967
Dr. Who en de Daleks was the only foreign language Doctor Who book to be released during the 1960s. The book was translated by Tuuk Buijtenhuijs, with the cover artwork and internal illustrations by Herson. A completely new translation of the novelisation was released in paperback in Holland during 1974 under the title Doctor Who en de Daleks.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Daleks
UK | Paperback | Target Books | May 1973 | 25p | 0426101103 | (No.16)
Doctor Who and the Daleks was one of the first three releases from Target Books, with the 1960s novelisations of Doctor Who and the Zarbi and Doctor Who and the Crusaders also being re-issued at the same time. Over the next twenty years the company would go on to novelise all but five of the television stories produced up to the cancellation of the series by the BBC in 1989. First editions of these three books can all be easily identified by the presence of five digits from their respective ISBNs at the bottom of the spine. The cover artwork is by Chris Achilleos, although the illustrations are the original Arnold Schwartzman ones from the Frederick Muller Ltd hardback. Later reprints would be numbered No.16 in the Doctor Who Library.
This is DOCTOR WHO's first exciting adventure — with the DALEKS! Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright travel with the mysterious DOCTOR WHO and his grand-daughter, Susan, to the planet of Skaro in the space-time machine, Tardis. There they strive to save the peace-loving Thals from the evil intentions of the hideous DALEKS. Can they succeed? And what is more important, will they ever again see their native Earth?
Flag of UK Cover image needed Doctor Who and the Daleks
UK | Hardback | Allan Wingate Ltd | May 1973
Believed to have been released simultaneously with the Target Books edition. However, like the hardback edition from Soccer Books in the United States, there are some doubts as to whether it was ever published at all.
Flag of Holland Click for cover image Doctor Who en de Daleks
Holland | Paperback | Gooise Uitgeverij | 1974 | 9026981023
Doctor Who en de Daleks was one of eight translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released in Holland in the 1970s by Gooise Uitgeverij. The novelisation had previously been released in hardback in Holland during the 1960s under the title Dr. Who en de Daleks, although this was a completely new translation by Ronald Cohen and used the Chris Achilleos artwork from the 1973 Target Books edition.
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Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Daleks
UK | Hardback | White Lion | June 1975 | 2.10 | 0856861723
The first of three hardback reprints from White Lion of the original 1960s trio of novelisations. The cover of this particular edition shows Tom Baker, who was at the time playing the Fourth Doctor on television. The internal illustrations are once again the original Arnold Schwartzman ones from the original Frederick Muller edition. The identity of the artist responsible for the cover artwork is unknown.
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Flag of Turkey Click for cover image Doktor Kim: Ve Dalekler
Turkey | Paperback | Remzi Kitabevi | 1975
Doktor Kim: Ve Dalekler was one of seven translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released by Remzi Kitabevi in Turkey during the mid-1970s. The book was translated by Reha Pinar and used the Chris Achilleos artwork from the 1973 Target Books edition.
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Flag of Japan Click for cover image (Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks)
Japan | Paperback | Hayakawa Bunko | March 1980 | 1
The first of of five translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released in Japan during 1980 by Hayakawa Bunko. The book was translated by Yukio Sekiguchi with the cover by Michiaki Sato. A slight misunderstanding has obviously occurred at some point, as the picture of the TARDIS on the front cover is clearly based on a traditional red telephone box.
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Flag of Portugal Click for cover image Doutor Who e os Daleks
Portugal | Paperback | Editorial Presença | 1983 | 7
Doutor Who e os Daleks was one of ten translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released by Editorial Presença in Portugal. The book was translated by Conceicao Jardim and Eduardo Nogueira, with cover artwork by Rui Ligeiro.
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Flag of France Click for cover image Docteur Who: Les Daleks
France | Paperback | Editions Garancière | May 1987 | 2734002043 | 3
Docteur Who: Les Daleks was one of eight Doctor Who novelisations to be released in France by Editions Garancière. The book was translated by Corine Derblum.
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Flag of Germany Click for cover image Doctor Who und die Invasion der Daleks
Germany | Paperback | Goldmann Verlag | 1989 | 3442236118
Doctor Who und die Invasion der Daleks was one of six translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released in Germany between 1989 and 1990 by Goldmann Verlag, with all but one being Dalek stories. Rather bizarrely, the cover for this particular edition used Andrew Skilleter's artwork from the first Target Books release of Doctor Who and the Destiny of the Daleks. To maintain the balance, the Goldmann edition of that book used the original Target cover art to Doctor Who and the Daleks! The book was translated by Peter Tuscher.
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Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Daleks
UK | Paperback | Target Books | January 1992 | 2.99 | 0426101103 | No.16
The original Arnold Schwartzman illustrations were not included in this particular edition from Target.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Daleks
UK | MP3-CD | BBC Audiobooks | March 2005 | 19.99 | 0563527293
An unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by William Russell who had played Ian Chesterton in the television series between 1963 and 1965. The release would use the Chris Achilleos artwork from the 1973 Target Books edition, and was five hours and twenty-five minutes in duration. It would be one of a short-lived range of releases from BBC Audiobooks which would be in MP3 format, enabling the purchaser to either copy the files directly to an MP3 player or listen via an MP3-capable CD or DVD player. Somewhat surprisingly, this was the very first unabridged Doctor Who audiobook to be made commercially available.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Travels in Time & Space
UK | 15 × CD | BBC Audiobooks | November 2005 | 65.00 | 0563504242
The Travels in Time & Space tin contained unabridged readings of Doctor Who and the Zarbi and Doctor Who and the Crusaders, as well as the reading of Doctor Who and the Daleks which had already been released as an MP3-CD earlier in the year. All three titles were narrated by William Russell and were spread over five CDs each, with each audiobook being housed in the same style of plastic case which would be used for the regular range of narrations which were to begin with Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters in September 2007. The tin was limited to just 8000 copies, and all three of the individual titles would sport the Chris Achilleos cover art from the 1973 Target Books editions. Unfortunately, an error during authoring resulted in a track being omitted from the Doctor Who and the Daleks audiobook. Specifically, it should have been Track 19 of Disc 1, and covers the entirety of page thirty-one of the Target Books edition and the conclusion of the first paragraph on page thirty-two.
William Russell reads Doctor Who's first exciting adventure — with the Daleks!

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright travel with the mysterious Doctor Who and his granddaughter, Susan, to the planet of Skaro in the space-time machine, the TARDIS.

There they strive to save the peace-loving Thals from the evil intentions of the hideous Daleks. Can they succeed? And, what is more important, will they ever see their native Earth again?

'They're well-written books — adventure stories of course, but with some thought... the creation of the character of the Doctor had a touch of genius about it.'
Westminster Press

William Russell, who created the role of Ian in the original television series of Doctor Who, reads David Whitaker's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published in hardback in 1964.

The book went on to spearhead the Target Books range of Doctor Who titles, and it is one of the best-loved novelisations to be based on the programme.

This CD also features a bonus interview with William Russell, in which he recalls his memories of recording the original Dalek serial, and of the time he spent on Doctor Who on general.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Daleks
UK | Paperback | BBC Books | July 2011 | 4.99 | 978-1849901956
One of six classic Doctor Who novelisations re-released by BBC Books the same month, each of which was modelled after the first Target editions, with the original artwork and internal illustrations where necessary, in this case by Chris Achilleos and Arnold Schwartzman respectively. Each volume also contained a new background chapter about the characters and situations and an introduction — in the case of Doctor Who and the Daleks the latter was by novelist Neil Gaiman, whose eagerly-awaited television episode, The Doctor's Wife, had been broadcast just a few months earlier. To round things off, all six books had the logo in gold foil.
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The mysterious Doctor and his granddaughter Susan are joined by unwilling adventurers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright in an epic struggle for survival on an alien planet.

In a vast metal city they discover the survivors of a terrible nuclear war — the Daleks. Held captive in the deepest levels of the city, can the Doctor and his new companions stop the Daleks' plan to totally exterminate their mortal enemies, the peace-loving Thals? More importantly, even if they can escape from the Daleks, will Ian and Barbara ever see their home planet Earth again?

This novel is based on the second Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 21 December 1963-1 February 1964.

Featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell, and his companions Susan, Ian and Barbara.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Daleks
eBook | BBC Digital | July 2011
Digital edition of the book re-released the same month in paperback by BBC Books.
Television Story
The Daleks
7 × 25 Minutes | BBC | Black and White

21/12/63 The Dead Planet Terry Nation
28/12/63 The Survivors Terry Nation
04/01/64 The Escape Terry Nation
11/01/64 The Ambush Terry Nation
18/01/64 The Expedition Terry Nation
25/01/64 The Ordeal Terry Nation
01/02/64 The Rescue Terry Nation
Notes
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Zarbi, Frederick Muller Ltd (1965)

Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Crusaders, Frederick Muller Ltd (1966)
  • Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventures with the Daleks was the very first Doctor Who novelisation to be published, and was one of three to be released in hardback by Frederick Muller Ltd during the 1960s. Doctor Who and the Zarbi followed in October 1965, with Doctor Who and the Crusaders being published in March 1966.

    Although it was no unusual thing for tie-in books based on television programmes to be released (as this web site should demonstrate!) the series from Frederick Muller was unusual in that they were based on existing television stories. With several notable exceptions, such as A for Andromeda and The Andromeda Breakthrough, which were sold abroad as science fiction novels in their own right thanks to having Fred Hoyle's name attached, and several collections of Twilight Zone adaptations from Rod Serling, the trend at the time was very much for original novels, with the likes of The Avengers, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the various Supermarionation series from Gerry Anderson all spawning series of original fiction.

    By the time the main series of Doctor Who novelisations from Target began to be released in the mid-1970s, TV tie-ins were routinely based on pre-existing television episodes, with the original novels now lagging behind. It would be a further twenty years before original fiction started to dominate the TV tie-in marketplace once more.
  • Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventures with the Daleks was the first of two novelisations to be written by David Whitaker, who was the story editor on the television series from its inception in 1963 through to The Dalek Invasion of Earth in 1964. His second novelisation, Doctor Who and the Crusaders, was based on his own four-part story — one of seven he would write for the television series between 1964 and 1970.
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Scripts: The Daleks, Titan Books (1989)
  • The scripts to The Daleks were released by Titan Books in 1989 under the title The Daleks. The story was the first of eleven to be written for Doctor Who by Terry Nation, with all but two of them featuring the Daleks, the mechanical pepperpots from Skaro who made his name. The popularity of the creatures was such that, as well as invading toyshops throughout the UK, the first two Dalek stories were eventually transferred to the big screen in full colour, with Peter Cushing taking the lead role.
  • As the first Doctor Who novel to be published it was obviously decided that it would be best to introduce the characters properly by going back to the beginning of their adventures. However, instead of summarising the events of 100,000 BC, David Whitaker came up with a completely new start to the series in his novelisation, beginning with a car crash on a cold and foggy Barnes Common. This change in established continuity would be echoed in the 1970s when Malcolm Hulke novelised his scripts to Colony in Space as Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon and created a completely new introduction for Jo Grant who, in reality, had first appeared three stories earlier in Terror of the Autons. In the event, that story was to be novelised by Terrance Dicks just over twelve months later, in May 1975.
  • Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks was unusual in being one of the few Doctor Who books to be written in the first person, in this instance from Ian Chesterton's point of view.
Cover image of Doctor Who en de Daleks (1974) supplied by Anthony Forth
Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction

by
Nigel Robinson
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Edge of Destruction, WH Allen (1988)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date May 1988
Original Price 7.95
ISBN 0491031386
Cover Artist Alister Pearson A novelisation of the 1964 television story Inside the Spaceship, featuring the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction
UK | Paperback | Target Books | October 1988 | 1.99 | 0426203275 | No.132

In a final bid to regain control of the TARDIS's faulty control system the Doctor is driven to experiment with a dangerous untried combination.

With a violent explosion the TARDIS blacks out and the crew find themselves trapped inside.

A simple technical fault? Sabotage? Or something even more sinister? Tension mounts as the Doctor and his companions begin to suspect one another.

What has happened to the TARDIS? Slowly a terrifying suspicion dawns. Has the TARDIS become the prisoner of some powerful fifth intelligence which is even now haunting the time-machine's dark and gloomy corridors?
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction
UK | 4 × CD | AudioGO | January 2011 | 13.25 | 978-1408466766

An unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by William Russell who played Ian Chesterton in the television series between 1963 and 1965. The audiobook ran to three hours and nineteen minutes in length and used a modified version of the original Alister Pearson artwork for the front cover.
Television Story
Inside the Spaceship
2 × 25 Minutes | BBC | Black and White

08/02/64 The Edge of Destruction David Whitaker
15/02/64 The Brink of Disaster David Whitaker
Notes
  • The Edge of Destruction was the fourth and final Doctor Who novelisation to be written by Nigel Robinson. He went on to write Timewyrm: Apocalypse and Birthright for the New Adventures range of original Doctor Who novels, as well as novelising all five stories produced for the 1990s re-make of The Tomorrow People.
  • Inside the Spaceship was the first of seven stories to be written for the television series by David Whitaker.
  • The Edge of Destruction is the only novelisation to be set entirely in the TARDIS.
Doctor Who: Marco Polo

by
John Lucarotti
Cover image: Doctor Who, Marco Polo, WH Allen (1984)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date December 1984
Original Price 5.95
ISBN 0491034938
Cover Artist David McAllister

A novelisation of the 1964 television story Marco Polo, featuring the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Marco Polo
UK | Paperback | Target Books | April 1985 | 1.50 | 0426199677 | No.94

The young Venetian Marco Polo is on his way to the Emperor's court in Peking when he meets the intrepid time-travellers, for the TARDIS has landed on Earth in the Year 1298.

Marco Polo recognises in the TARDIS a means of winning favour with the Emperor. But in the end the Doctor has no one but himself to blame for the loss of his wondrous travelling machine — which he gambles away to Kublai Khan...
Television Story
Marco Polo
7 × 25 Minutes | BBC | Black and White

22/02/64 The Roof of the World John Lucarotti
29/02/64 The Singing Sands John Lucarotti
07/03/64 Five Hundred Eyes John Lucarotti
14/03/64 The Wall of Lies John Lucarotti
21/03/64 Rider from Shang-tu John Lucarotti
28/03/64 Mighty Kublai Khan John Lucarotti
04/04/64 Assassin at Peking John Lucarotti
Notes
  • Marco Polo was the first of three stories to be written for the television series by John Lucarotti, all of them being historically based stories featuring the First Doctor. During the 1980s he was the first of the 1960s Doctor Who script-writers to return to novelise his own television stories as the Target range started to increasingly focus on the early years of the series, with The Aztecs being published some six months prior to Marco Polo, and The Massacre eventually being released in 1987. Other writers to return would include Gerry Davis (who had already novelised several stories for Target during the 1970s), Donald Cotton, William Emms, Ian Stuart Black and Paul Erickson.
  • Unfortunately for fans of the television series, Marco Polo is the first gap in the BBC archives, as none of the seven episodes are currently known to exist. As was then standard policy, after being copied to 16mm film for sales overseas, the original videotapes of Doctor Who were either destroyed or erased.

    As the 1960s and 1970s progressed, the film copies themselves were then destroyed as the time period in which they were allowed to be sold expired. Fortunately, a number of the original 16mm negatives were retained by BBC Enterprises (who sold the series overseas) and prints of various other stories were recovered from overseas or from other sources.

    As of October 2013, 97 of Doctor Who's 253 episodes from the 1960s are still missing from the archives — the most recent to be recovered being Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 from The Enemy of the World and Episodes 2, 4, 5 and 6 of The Web of Fear, all of which were returned from a TV station in Nigeria in 2013.

    Fortunately, although the pictures may be lost forever, every single one of the missing episodes still exists in the form of off-air audio recordings made by fans of Doctor Who during the 1960s and early-1970s.
Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus

by
Philip Hinchcliffe
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus, Target Books (1980)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date August 1980
Original Price 85p
ISBN 0426201256
Cover Artist David McAllister
Book Number (No.38)

A novelisation of the 1964 television story The Keys of Marinus, featuring the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman.

David McAllister's cover art was later used on Doctor Who und das Kind von den Sternen, the German translation of Doctor Who and an Unearthly Child, which was published by Goldmann-Verlag in 1990.

Later Target reprints would be numbered No.38 in the Doctor Who Library.

Back Cover Blurb
MARINUS
a remote force shielded island set in a sea of acid, governed by

THE CONSCIENCE
the ultimate computer which rules and balances the gentle life of Marinus, guarded by

ARBITAN THE KEEPER
ruthless protector of a peace-loving race threatened by

YARTEK
Warlord of the brutal sub-human Voords, sworn enemies of Arbitan and of Marinus, who has within his grasp

THE KEYS OF MARINUS
the Conscience's vital micro-circuits, the doors of good and evil. Can the Doctor find the hidden circuits in time? Arbitan's command was 'Find them, OR DIE!'
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus
UK | Hardback | WH Allen | August 1980 | 3.95 | 0491029217
Released simultaneously with the paperback edition from Target Books. Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus was the first hardback from the Allan Wingate/Longbow/WH Allen line which was issued without a dust jacket.
Television Story
The Keys of Marinus
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC+ BBC1 | Black and White

11/04/64 The Sea of Death Terry Nation
18/04/64 The Velvet Web Terry Nation
25/04/64 The Screaming Jungle Terry Nation
02/05/64 The Snows of Terror Terry Nation
09/05/64 Sentence of Death Terry Nation
16/05/64 The Keys of Marinus Terry Nation
Notes
  • The Keys Of Marinus was one of only two television stories by Terry Nation not to include the Daleks — the other being The Android Invasion.
  • David McAllister's cover art was originally intended for a novelisation of The Edge Of Destruction which David Whitaker was working on before his death. Rather bizarrely, it would later be used on the German edition of Doctor Who and an Unearthly Child.
Doctor Who: The Aztecs

by
John Lucarotti
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Aztecs, WH Allen (1984)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date June 1984
Original Price 5.95
ISBN 0491034628
Cover Artist Nick Spender

A novelisation of the 1964 television story The Aztecs, featuring the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Aztecs
UK | Paperback | Target Books | September 1984 | 1.50 | 0426195884 | No.88

The TARDIS materialises in Mexico during the Aztec civilisation. The Doctor and his companions step outside to discover they are in a tomb — the tomb it turns out, of Yetaxa, once High Priest of the Aztecs.

Barbara is hailed as Yetaxa's reincarnation by Autloc, High Priest of Knowledge, and Tlotoxl, High Priest of Sacrifice, when they find her in the precincts of the tomb wearing the bracelet of the deceased Priest, now revered as a god.

And she takes advantage of her position of unaccustomed power to try and dissuade the Aztecs from practising human sacrifice...
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Aztecs
UK | Paperback | Target Books | September 1992 | 2.99 | 0426195884 | No.88
A new edition of the novelisation, utilising the same Andrew Skilleter artwork which would appear on the BBC Video release of the story two months later. It was later reproduced in the large-format book Blacklight: The Art of Andrew Skilleter (Doctor Who Books, 1995).
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Aztecs
UK | 4 × CD | AudioGO | August 2012 | 13.25 | 978-1445891781
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by William Russell.
Television Story
The Aztecs
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

23/05/64 The Temple of Evil John Lucarotti
30/05/64 The Warriors of Death John Lucarotti
06/06/64 The Bride of Sacrifice John Lucarotti
13/06/64 The Day of Darkness John Lucarotti
Notes
  • The Aztecs was the second of John Lucarotti's three historical adventures for Doctor Who, although the subsequent 1984 novelisation was his first for WH Allen/Target.
Doctor Who: The Sensorites

by
Nigel Robinson
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Sensorites, WH Allen (1987)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date February 1987
Original Price 7.50
ISBN 0491034555
Cover Artist Nick Spender

A novelisation of the 1964 television story The Sensorites, featuring the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Sensorites
UK | Paperback | Target Books | July 1987 | 1.95 | 0426202953 | No.118

The TARDIS materialises on board a dark and silent spaceship. As the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara penetrate the craft's eerie gloom they come across what appears to be the bodies of two dead astronauts.

But the astronauts are far from dead, and are living in mortal fear of the Sensorites, a race of telepathic creatures from the Sense-Sphere.

When the lock of the TARDIS is stolen the Doctor is forced into an uneasy alliance with the aliens. And when he arrives on the Sensorites' planet he discovers that it is not only the Humans who have cause to be afraid...
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Sensorites
UK | 5 × CD | AudioGO | May 2011 | 13.25 | 978-1445892351
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by William Russell.
Television Story
The Sensorites
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

20/06/64 Strangers in Space Peter R Newman
27/06/64 The Unwilling Warriors Peter R Newman
11/07/64 Hidden Danger Peter R Newman
18/07/64 A Race Against Death Peter R Newman
25/07/64 Kidnap Peter R Newman
01/08/64 A Desperate Venture Peter R Newman
Notes
Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror

by
Ian Marter
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Reign of Terror, WH Allen (1987)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date March 1987
Original Price 7.50
ISBN 0491037023
Cover Artist Tony Masero

A novelisation of the 1964 television story The Reign of Terror, featuring the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror
UK | Paperback | Target Books | August 1987 | 1.95 | 0426202643 | No.119

It is 1774 and the TARDIS materialises some distance from Paris during the French Revolution — the infamous Reign of Terror.

Soon the TARDIS crew find themselves caught up in the tangled web of historical events. Imprisoned in a dank dungeon, Ian is entrusted with delivering a message to master-spy James Stirling.

Who is James Stirling? What world-shattering events are being discussed in a deserted inn off the Calais road? And can the Doctor and his friends escape a violent and bloody death at the dreaded guillotine?
Television Story
The Reign of Terror
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

08/08/64 A Land of Fear Dennis Spooner
15/08/64 Guests of Madame Guillotine Dennis Spooner
22/08/64 A Change of Identity Dennis Spooner
29/08/64 The Tyrant of France Dennis Spooner
05/09/64 A Bargain of Necessity Dennis Spooner
12/09/64 Prisoners of Conciergerie Dennis Spooner
Notes
  • The Reign of Terror was the final Doctor Who novelisation to be 100% finished by Ian Marter before his death in 1987. Although he completed a first draft of The Rescue, it was subsequently given a final polish by series editor Nigel Robinson prior to publication.
  • The Reign of Terror neatly ended the first season of Doctor Who by sending the travellers back to the 18th Century and the French Revolution, a period in history which Susan has an interest in, having been handed a book on the subject by Barbara in the very first episode of the series.
  • The Reign of Terror was the first of three complete First Doctor stories to be written for Doctor Who by Dennis Spooner, who later went on to write The Romans and The Time Meddler. During 1965/6 he also co-wrote the twelve-part The Daleks' Master Plan with Terry Nation, with each man being responsible for six of the episodes. Spooner also worked on the television series as story editor during the majority of Season 2, replacing David Whitaker who had held the position during Season 1 and also for The Dalek Invasion of Earth and Planet of Giants, which were actually made along with Season 1 and then held over to the following season.

    Away from Doctor Who, Dennis Spooner's name can be found on the credits of almost every notable telefantasy and action series produced for ITV during the 1960s, having contributed to the likes of Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds and The Avengers. Series created, or co-created by Dennis Spooner, include Man in a Suitcase, The Champions, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Department S and its spin-off Jason King. During the 1970s he worked primarily as a freelance script writer contributing to UFO, Doomwatch, Space: 1999 and The New Avengers.