Doctor Who

Novelisations: Second Doctor: Season 5

Novelisations: Second Doctor
Archive Status / DVD Releases

As with the previous two seasons of Doctor Who, many of the episodes from Season 5 are missing from the BBC archives — of the forty episodes produced, just twenty-two are still in existence. The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World are the only two complete stories from Patrick Troughton's first two seasons in the lead role. The other twelve existing episodes are: The Abominable Snowman (2), The Ice Warriors (1, 4, 5 and 6), The Web of Fear (1, 2, 4, 5 and 6) and The Wheel in Space (3 and 6). The existing episodes are in the form of 16mm black and white telerecordings (35mm for Episode 6 of The Wheel in Space) rather than the original videotapes, however.

The Tomb of the Cybermen has been released twice on DVD in the UK, most recently as part of the Revisitations: Volume 3 box set which included a completely new restoration as well as new extras. The story was subsequently re-issued individually in the United States.

The Ice Warriors was released on DVD in August 2013 with the two missing episodes being represented by newly-created animations, which utilised the existing off-air soundtracks.

The Enemy of the World is due to be released on DVD in the UK in November 2013, with The Web of Fear following in February 2014.

The other remaining episodes from Season 5 were included in the Lost in Time box set, which gathered together what were, at the time, all of the "orphaned" episodes which weren't sufficient to form a DVD release on their own. 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. The soundtracks to The Abominable Snowmen and The Ice Warriors were included in the Collection Four set, with those to The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep and The Wheel in Space being included in Collection Five. With the exception of The Ice Warriors and The Wheel in Space, all of the stories are also available to download individually.
Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen

by
Gerry Davis
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen, Target Books (1978)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date May 1978
Original Price 60p
ISBN 0426110765
Cover Artist Jeff Cummins
Book Number (No.66)

A novelisation of the 1967 television story The Tomb of the Cybermen, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield.

Like the original cover artwork for Doctor Who and the Cybermen, this release would also show the design of Cyberman which wasn't introduced until the 1968 story The Invasion.

Later Target reprints would be numbered No.66 in the Doctor Who Library.

Back Cover Blurb
The Cybermen — silver, indestructible monsters whose only goal is power — seem to have disappeared from their planet Telos. Whan a party of archaeologists, joined by the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria, land on the Cybermen's barren, deserted planet, they uncover what appears to be their tomb.

But once inside it becomes clear that the Cybermen are not dead, and some in the group of archaeologists desperately want to re-activate these monsters! How can the Doctor defeat these ruthless, power-seeking humans and the Cybermen?
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen
UK | Hardback | Longbow / WH Allen | 1978 | 2.95 | 049102262X

Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen
UK | Paperback | Target Books | October 1992 | 2.99 | 0426110765 | No.66

A new edition of the novelisation, utilising Alister Pearson's cover art from the BBC Video release of the story, which had been issued in the UK in the May.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen
UK | 4 × CD | AudioGO | March 2013 | 13.25 | 978-1445826363
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Michael Kilgarriff, who played the Cyber Controller in the original television story.
Television Story
The Tomb of the Cybermen
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

02/09/67 Episode 1 Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler
06/09/67 Episode 2 Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler
16/09/67 Episode 3 Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler
23/09/67 Episode 4 Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler
Notes
  • Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen was the last of three novelisations to be written by Gerry Davis which featured the Cybermen. Doctor Who and the Cybermen, a novelisation of The Moonbase, had been published in 1975 with the Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet being published the following year.

    One final Gerry Davis story featuring the Cybermen would be published, although not until 1992. Return of the Cybermen was a four-part story written by Davis for Season 12 of Doctor Who in 1975, but before it was produced it underwent extensive re-writing by series script editor Robert Holmes, eventually being re-titled The Revenge of the Cybermen for transmission. Davis' original scripts for the story were eventually published in Issue 97 of the DWB fanzine in January 1992, before being reprinted a year later in The DWB Compendium: The Best of the First 100 Issues (0952230704).
  • The scripts to this story were released by Titan Books in 1989 as Doctor Who The Scripts: The Tomb of the Cybermen.
  • The planet Telos would be revisited in the 1985 story Attack of the Cybermen, which was a continuity-heavy story that picked up threads from both this story and The Tenth Planet which had aired in 1966.
Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen

by
Terrance Dicks
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen, Target Books (1974)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date November 1974
Original Price 30p
ISBN 0426105834
Cover Artist Chris Achilleos
Illustrator Alan Willow

A novelisation of the 1967 television story The Abominable Snowmen, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield.

Back Cover Blurb
A single blow from the giant, hairy paw smashes the explorer to the ground. Terrified, he flees from the monster's glowing eyes and savage fangs...

Why are the peaceful Yeti now spreading death and destruction? And what is the secret behind the glowing cave on the mountain?

When DOCTOR WHO discovers that a long-dead friend is still alive, he knows why his visit to the lonely Himalayan monastery has led to a struggle to save the Earth!

'DOCTOR WHO, the children's own programme which adults adore...'
Gerard Garrett, The Daily Sketch
Other Editions
Flag of Tirkey Click for cover image Doktor Kim: Ve Korkunç Karadamlari
Turkey | Paperback | Remzi Kitabevi | 1975 Doktor Kim: Ve Korkunç Karadamlari 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 Portugal Click for cover image Doutor Who e os Abomináveis Homens das Neves
Portugal | Paperback | Presença | 1983 | 9 Doutor Who e os Abomináveis Homens das Neves was one of ten translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released by Editorial Presença in Portugal. The cover artwork was by Rui Ligeiro, with Alan Willow's original Target Books ilustrations being re-used within. The identity of the translator is unknown.
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Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
UK | Paperback | Target Books | 1983 | 1.35 | 0426105834 | No.1
A brand new edition of the novelisation, with new cover artwork by Andrew Skilleter. The original Alan Willow illustration would be retained for this and future editions. Andrew Skilleter's cover art was reproduced in the large-format book Blacklight: The Art of Andrew Skilleter (Doctor Who Books, 1995). Later Target reprints would be numbered No.1 in the Doctor Who Library.
The Tibetan monks at the monastery of Det-sen are worried, frightened men. Many of their companions have been killed — and it seems the Yeti are the cause of all their troubles.

But normally the Yeti, giant man-like creatures living in the remotest peaks of the Himalayas, are seen only very rarely and are notoriously timid.

What is the explanation for their apparent transformation into ferocious brutes, monsters with glowing eyes and savage fangs who are spreading death and destruction in the valley of peace?

When the Doctor arrives at the monastery, his first visit for three hundred years, he expects to be wellcomed with open arms. But because of the mysterious killings the reception that awaits him is anything but friendly...
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
UK | Hardback | WH Allen | January 1985 | 5.95 | 0491036604
The very first hardback edition of Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen, re-using Andrew Skilleter's 1983 cover artwork.
Flag of France Click for cover image Docteur Who: L'Abominable Hommes des Neige
France | Paperback | Editions Garancière | August 1987 | 2734002264 | 7 Docteur Who: L'Abominable Hommes des Neige was one of eight Doctor Who novelisations to be released in France by Editions Garancière. The book was translated by Corine Derblum, although the identity of the cover artist is unknown.
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Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
UK | 4 × CD | BBC Audiobooks | January 2009 | 13.25 | 978-1408409893
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by David Troughton.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
UK | Paperback | BBC Books | July 2011 | 4.99 | 978-1849901925
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 Alan Willow 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 Abominable Snowmen the latter was by science fiction novelist Steven Baxter. To round things off, all six books had the logo in gold foil.
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Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
eBook | BBC Digital | July 2011
Digital edition of the book re-released the same month in paperback by BBC Books.
The Doctor has been to Det-Sen Monastery before, and expects the welcome of a lifetime. But the monastery is a very different place from when the Doctor last came. Fearing an attack at any moment by the legendary Yeti, the monks are prepared to defend themselves, and see the Doctor as a threat.

The Doctor and his friends join forces with Travers, an English explorer out to prove the existence of the elusive abominable snowmen. But they soon discover that these Yeti are not the timid animals that Travers seeks. They are the unstoppable servants of an alien Intelligence.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 30 September-4 November 1967.

Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his companions Jamie and Victoria.
Television Story
The Abominable Snowmen
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

30/09/67 Episode 1 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
07/10/67 Episode 2 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
14/10/67 Episode 3 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
21/10/67 Episode 4 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
28/10/67 Episode 5 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
04/11/67 Episode 6 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
Notes
  • Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen was the first Second Doctor novelisation to be published by Target Books.
  • The Abominable Snowmen was the first television story to feature the Great Intelligence, the Yeti, and Professor Travers. It proved so popular that a sequel in the form of The Web of Fear was quickly commissioned. A third story, set in the Highlands of Scotland, was considered for Season 6 but ultimately wasn't produced.
  • Downtime, an unofficial spin-off drama produced in 1995, saw Victoria once again encountering the Great Intelligence, the Yeti and Professor Travers. A novelisation of the story was published by Virgin Publishing as part of their Missing Adventures range in 1996.

    The Great Intelligence also made a significant appearance in Millennial Rites, an original Sixth Doctor novel published in October 1995. This saw the return of Professor Traver's daughter, Anne, who had first appeared in The Web of Fear.
Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors

by
Brian Hayles
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors, Target Books (1976)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date March 1976
Original Price 40p
ISBN 0426108663
Cover Artist Chris Achilleos
Book Number (No.33)

A novelisation of the 1967 television story The Ice Warriors, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield.

Later Target reprints would be numbered No.33 in the Doctor Who Library.

Back Cover Blurb
The world is in the grip of a second Ice Age, and faces total destruction from the rapidly advancing glaciers.

DOCTOR WHO, with Victoria and Jamie, lands at a top scientific base in England, where they have just unearthed an ancient ICE WARRIOR. Aliens from Mars, preserved in the ice for centuries and now revitalised, the Ice Warriors feel ready to take over...

Can the Doctor overcome these warlike Martians and halt the relentless approach of the ice glaciers...?
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors
UK | Hardback | Allan Wingate Ltd | March 1976 | 2.25 | 085523066X
Released simultaneously with the paperback edition from Target Books.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors
UK | 4 × CD | BBC Audiobooks | January 2009 | 13.25 | 978-1408426708
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Frazer Hines.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors
UK | Paperback | BBC Books | May 2012 | 4.99 | 978-1849904773
One of a second batch of six classic Doctor Who novelisations re-released by BBC Books the same month, each of which was modelled after the first Target editions and used the original artwork, in this case by Chris Achilleos. Each volume also contained a new background chapter about the characters and situations and an introduction — in the case of Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors the latter was by Mark Gatiss, who by 2012 had written four episodes for the television series. To round things off, all six books had the logo in gold foil.
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Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors
eBook | BBC Digital | May 2012
Digital edition of the book re-released the same month in paperback by BBC Books.
Varga struck the fractured ice with his great fist. He faced his comrades boldly and barked a command at their lifeless forms: 'Awake from the dead.'

The world is in the grip of a second Ice Age. Despite a coordinated global effort, the glaciers still advance. But they are not the only threat to the planet.

Buried deep in the ice, scientists at Brittanicus Base have discovered an ancient warrior. But this is no simple archaeological find. What they have found is the commander of a spaceship that crashed into the glacier thousands of years ago. Thawed from the ice, and knowing that their home planet Mars is now a dead world, the Ice Warriors decide to make Earth their own...

Can the Doctor and his friends overcome the warlike Martians and halt the advance of the glaciers?

THIS NOVEL IS BASED ON A DOCTOR WHO STORY WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST FROM 11 NOVEMBER TO 16 DECEMBER 1967. THIS WAS THE FIRST DOCTOR WHO STORY TO FEATURE THE ICE WARRIORS.

Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his companions Jamie and Victoria.
Television Story
The Ice Warriors
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

11/11/67 ONE Brian Hayles
18/11/67 TWO Brian Hayles
25/11/67 THREE Brian Hayles
02/12/67 FOUR Brian Hayles
09/12/67 FIVE Brian Hayles
16/12/67 SIX Brian Hayles
Notes
  • Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors was the second and final Doctor Who book to be written by Brian Hayles, whose novelisation of The Curse of Peladon in 1974 had completed the first year of brand new novelisations from Target. Although it was to be reprinted on a number of occasions, Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors was to be one of the few books from the early years of Target's Doctor Who range which was never to be re-issued with new cover art.
  • The Ice Warriors, strangely enough, was the first story to feature the Ice Warriors! They would return to the television series on three further occasions during the original run of the television series in The Seeds of Death, The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon, as well as playing a major role in the unproduced Season 23 story Mission to Magnus.

    During the 1990s, the Ice Warriors were brought back on several occasion in the New Adventures novels, most notably in Legacy (a sequel to the earlier Peladon stories), GodEngine and The Dying Days. Their most recent outing, however, has been in Dan Abnett's Eleventh Doctor novel The Silent Stars Go By, released in September 2011.
Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World

by
Ian Marter
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World, Target Books (1981)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date April 1981
Original Price 95p
ISBN 0426201264
Cover Artist Bill Donohoe
Book Number (No.24)

A novelisation of the 1967/8 television story The Enemy of the World, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield.

Later Target reprints would be numbered No.24 in the Doctor Who Library.

An unused piece of cover art by Steve Kyte was one of two pieces reproduced in David J Howe's large-format book Timeframe: An Illustrated History (Doctor Who Books, 1993) to represent Season 5 of the television series.

Back Cover Blurb
In the year 2030 only one man seems to know what action to take when the world is hit by a series of terrible natural disasters. Salamander's success in handling these monumental problems has brought him enormous power.

From the moment the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria land on an Australian beach, they are caught up in a struggle for world domination — a struggle in which the Doctor's startling resemblance to Salamander's plays a vital role.
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World
UK | Hardback | WH Allen | April 1981 | 4.25 | 0491029721
Released simultaneously with the paperback edition from Target Books.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World
UK | Paperback | Target Books | May 1993 | 3.50 | 0426201264 | No.24
A new edition of the novelisation, with new front cover artwork by Alister Pearson.
Television Story
The Enemy of the World
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

23/12/67 Episode 1 David Whitaker
30/12/67 Episode 2 David Whitaker
06/01/68 Episode 3 David Whitaker
13/01/68 Episode 4 David Whitaker
20/01/68 Episode 5 David Whitaker
27/01/68 Episode 6 David Whitaker
Notes
  • Rather unusually, Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World was one of only four new Doctor Who novelisations to be published in 1981 due to a writers strike. Although this gave WH Allen an opportunity to publish a number of the earliest books in hardback for the first time, it would be a further five months before another "new" title was released — Terrance Dicks' novelisation of his own scripts to The State of Decay.
  • And if the sudden decrease in the number of books being published wasn't shocking enough, Ian Marter's use of "bastard" in his novelisation certainly raised a few eyebrows.

    Several years later, a Doctor Who Monthly reader named Howard Leatherbarrow would write in to the regular Matrix Data Bank column (Issue 75, April 1983) to enquire whether the word had actually been used in the original television production.

    And DWM's reply?
    "No, it was not used in the programme. With today's standards of life having lapsed considerably one supposes that in this contemporary novelisation the use of "bastard" was in keeping with the times and would not offend."
    Quite what the DWM writer's reaction to the use of words beginning with "S", "W" and even "F" would have been with the advent of the New Adventures novels in the early 1990s is something that we'll just have to wonder about...
Doctor Who and the Web of Fear

by
Terance Dicks
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Web of Fear, Target Books (1976)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date August 1976
Original Price 45p
ISBN 0426110846
Cover Artist Chris Achilleos

A novelisation of the 1968 television story The Web of Fear, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield.

Chris Achilleos's cover art was one of two pieces reproduced in David J Howe's large-format book Timeframe: An Illustrated History (Doctor Who Books, 1993) to represent Season 5 of the television series.

Back Cover Blurb
Forty years the Yeti had been quiet. A collector's item in a museum. Then without warning it awoke — and savagely murdered.

At about the same time patches of mist began to appear in Central London. People who lingered anytime in the mist were found dead, their faces covered in cobwebs. The cobweb seeped down, penetrating the Underground System. Slowly it spread...

Then the Yeti reappeared, not just one but hordes, roaming the misty streets and cobwebbed tunnels, killing everyone in their path. Central London was gripped tight in a Web of Fear...
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Web of Fear
UK | Hardback | Allan Wingate Ltd | August 1976 | 2.25 | 0855230738
Released simultaneously with the paperback edition from Target Books.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Web of Fear
UK | Paperback | Target Books | 1983 | 1.25 | 0426110846 | No.72
A new edition of the novelisation, with new front cover artwork by Andrew Skilleter. Later Target reprints would be numbered No.72 in the Doctor Who Library.
Forty years the Yeti had been quiet — Collector's item in a museum. Then without warning it awoke — and savagely murdered.

At about the same time patches of mist began to appear in Central London. People who lingered anytime in the mist were found dead, their faces smothered in cobwebs. The cobweb seeped down, penetrating the Underground System. Slowly it spread...

Then the Yeti reappeared, not just one but hordes, roaming the misty streets and cobwebbed tunnels, killing everyone in their path. Central London was gripped tight in a Web of Fear...
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Web of Fear
UK | Paperback | Target Books | December 1993 | 3.50 | 0426201264 | No.72
A new edition of the novelisation, with new front cover artwork by Alister Pearson.
Doctor Who and the Web of Fear was also included as part of the Doctor Who Omnibus from Book Club Associates in 1977.
Television Story
The Web of Fear
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

03/02/68 Episode 1 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
10/02/68 Episode 2 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
17/02/68 Episode 3 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
24/02/68 Episode 4 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
02/03/68 Episode 5 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
09/03/68 Episode 6 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
Notes
  • The Web of Fear is a sequel to The Abominable Snowmen, which had been shown earlier in 1967. A third story, set in the Highlands of Scotland, was considered for Season 6 but ultimately wasn't produced after Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln had a major falling out with the BBC over the writing of The Dominators — so much so that it was broadcast under the name Norman Ashby.

    Although a lone Yeti was seen pursuing the Second Doctor and Brigadier through a cave in the twentieth-anniversary tale The Five Doctors, there was no indication that it was under the control of the Great Intelligence, and Haisman and Lincoln's creations wouldn't be seen again in the original run of Doctor Who.

    However, the 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen, would provide something of an origin tale for the Great Intelligence, as well as including several oblique references to the two stories from the 1960s.
  • Downtime, an unofficial spin-off drama produced in 1995, saw Victoria once again encountering the Great Intelligence, the Yeti and Professor Travers. A novelisation of the story was published by Virgin Publishing as part of their Missing Adventures range in 1996.

    The Great Intelligence also made a significant appearance in Millennial Rites, an original Sixth Doctor novel published in October 1995. This saw the return of Professor Traver's daughter, Anne, whose only television appearance had been in The Web of Fear.
  • One major point of interest about The Web of Fear is that it introduced the character of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney), who would return to the programme just five months later in The Invasion, the eight-part Cyberman epic in which UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) were unveiled for the first time, under the command of the newly promoted Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

    As well as laying the foundations for the Third Doctor's era, which would consist mainly of earth-bound adventures for its first years, The Invasion also introduced Corporal Benton who, along with the Brigadier, would be one of the regular characters in the coming years. Lethbridge-Stewart himself would continue to appear regularly up until Terror of the Zygons in 1975, by which time UNIT's days in the sun were effectively over, with a new production team in charge of the series. Despite this, the Brigadier would make several further appearances in the television series during the 1980s, beginning with Mawdryn Undead, where it is revealed he has retired from UNIT and become a maths teacher! The Five Doctors saw him once more paired up with the Second Doctor and battling a lone Yeti in the Death Zone on Gallifrey. His final on-screen appearnce to date (apart from a role in the Downtime video) was in Battlefield in 1989, in which he is called out of retirement to assist the Seventh Doctor.

    Unsurprisingly, the character would turn up in numerous original novels from Virgin Publishing and BBC Books in the 1990s and 2000s, including the alternate-history story Blood Heat, No Future, Happy Endings, The Dying Days and The Shadows of Avalon, as well as various titles set during the Third Doctor's exile on Earth when he worked as UNIT's scientific advisor.
Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep

by
Victor Pemberton
Cover image: Doctor Who, Fury from the Deep, WH Allen (1986)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date May 1986
Original Price 7.95
ISBN 0491036523
Cover Artist David McAllister

A novelisation of the 1968 television story Fury from the Deep, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep
UK | Paperback | Target Books | October 1986 | 1.95 | 0426202597 | No.110

In the dark uncharted depths of the North Sea it has lurked, growing in stregth, growing in size, and striking terror into the hearts of mariners down the untold centuries.

Landing near a North Sea gas refinery off the east coast of England, the TARDIS crew are immediately accused of sabotage. Several rig crews have mysteriously vanished, strange pressure build-ups have been detected, and in the refinery's pipelines the Doctor can hear the steady, rhythmic beat of — what?

Soon the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria will find themselves at the unrelenting mercy of the deadliest and most terrifying foe they have ever encountered.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep
UK | 6 × CD | AudioGO | July 2011 | 13.25 | 978-1408468340
An unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by David Troughton.
Television Story
Fury from the Deep
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

16/03/68 Episode 1 Victor Pemberton
23/03/68 Episode 2 Victor Pemberton
30/03/68 Episode 3 Victor Pemberton
06/04/68 Episode 4 Victor Pemberton
13/04/68 Episode 5 Victor Pemberton
20/04/68 Episode 6 Victor Pemberton
Notes
  • Fury from the Deep was the final television story to feature Victoria, who stayed behind with the Harris family at the conclusion of the story. The character did return, however, in the unofficial spin-off video Downtime in 1994, which was novelised as part of the Missing Adventures range in January 1996.
  • Fury from the Deep was the only story to be written for the television series by Victor Pemberton, although he had previously appeared on screen in the series as an unnamed character in The Moonbase and had served as story editor on The Tomb of the Cybermen. Away from Doctor Who, he would go on to write The Day of the Clone and the final episode of The Year of the Burn-Up for Timeslip, and The Power of Atep and Sisters Deadly for Season 3 of Ace of Wands.

    In 1976 he renewed his acquaintance with Doctor Who when he scripted the forty-five minute audio adventure Doctor Who and the Pescatons, which featured the Fourth Doctor and Sarah and which was released on 12" record and cassette.

    Fury from the Deep was finally novelised in 1986, with Victor Pemberton adapting his own scripts. And as the flash on the front cover said, it was definitely a "bumper volume" — at the time being the longest Doctor Who novelisation yet published, something which necessitated a one-off price rise.

    By 1991, all but a handful of the television Doctor Who stories had been novelised and the decision had been made to launch a series of wholly original novels. Launched in June 1991 with Timewyrm: Genesys, the New Adventures began just two months before Victor Pemberton's adaptation of Doctor Who and the Pescatons became the very final entry in the Target Books range of novelisations.
Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space

by
Terrance Dicks
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Wheel in Space, WH Allen (1988)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date March 1988
Original Price 7.95
ISBN 0491033567
Cover Artist Ian Burgess

A novelisation of the 1968 television story The Wheel in Space, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space
UK | Paperback | Target Books | August 1988 | 1.99 | 0426203216 | No.130

When the TARDIS rematerialises inside a rocket the Doctor and Jamie are alarmed by the presence of a hostile Servo-Robot. They discover that the rocket is drifting in the orbit of a giant space station — the Wheel in Space.

Once inside this magnificent space ship they are bewildered by its complexity and sheer size. The technicians and programmers are highly trained, but who are they working for?

Suspecting the worst, the Doctor is still horrified to find the deadly Cybermen in control. What evil plans are they plotting? Who or what are the Cybermats? Can the Doctor trust anyone on board to help him stop the Wheel as it spins relentlessly through space?
Television Story
The Wheel in Space
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

27/04/68 Episode 1 David Whitaker
04/05/68 Episode 2 David Whitaker
11/05/68 Episode 3 David Whitaker
18/05/68 Episode 4 David Whitaker
25/05/68 Episode 5 David Whitaker
01/06/68 Episode 6 David Whitaker

From a story by Kit Pedler.
Notes
  • The Wheel in Space was the first television story to feature Zoe Heriot (Wendy Padbury).
  • As in the previous Cyberman adventure, The Tomb of the Cybermen, the rodent-like Cybermats make an appearance, this time with an apparent taste for the bernalium which powers the wheel's x-ray laser. The creatures would make their third and final appearance in the original run of the television series some seven years later in Revenge of the Cybermen, before returning in 2011 for the news series episode Closing Time.