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Novelisations: Third Doctor: Season 7

Novelisations: Third Doctor
Archive Status / DVD Releases

From Season 7 onwards every single episode of Doctor Who still exists. However, the Jon Pertwee era is notable for the mishmash of formats on which the episodes exist, something that is more evident for Season 7 than any of the others.

Spearhead from Space is the only story from the original Doctor Who series to have been produced completely on film (due to a BBC strike) and still exists in its original 16mm colour format. Episode 1 of The Ambassadors of Death is the only episode from the final three Season 7 stories which still exists as a 625-line colour videotape. Inferno exists as colour NTSC conversions from the original PAL videotapes. The remaining episodes from Season 7 are held as 16mm black and white telerecordings.

Fortunately, Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Ambassadors of Death were both recorded onto domestic videotape by a viewer when they were broadcast in the United States during the 1970s. Although the original NTSC conversions used for those broadcasts are no longer in existence, the colour signal from the off-air recordings was used to create a re-colourised version of Doctor Who and the Silurians for its video release in 1993. A modified version, which used cleaned-up copies of the film prints which were used in the 1990s, was subsequently repeated on BBC Two in 2001. More recently, a completely new version, utilising modern restoration techniques and also using new transfers from the original telerecording negatives, was created for the DVD release. As usual with the episodes that now only exist on film, they were all treated with the VidFIRE process to restore the video look that they would originally have had.

A similar re-colourising process was attempted for the video release of The Ambassadors of Death, but the quality of the off-air recordings was only good enough for Episode 5 to be completely re-coloured, although various segments from other episodes were also successfully restored. For the eventual DVD release, it was possible to process the remaining black and white segments using the new colour recovery process to extract the original colour signal from the black and white telerecordings.

All four stories from Season 7 have been released on DVD in the UK and the United States. Doctor Who and the Silurians was released as part of the Beneath the Surface box set. Spearhead from Space has most recently been released in the UK in The Mannequin Mania box set, which included a completely new restoration of the story. It has subsequently been released individually in the United States. Inferno was re-released in May 2013 in a newly restored version which replaced the soft and blurry NTSC conversion with a new version created from the telerecordings and the colour signal from the NTSC tapes. All releases are subtitled.

As Spearhead from Space was produced on film, albeit only 16mm, it is unique in Doctor Who's history, and after several years of speculation it has been announced that the story will be released on Blu-ray in 2013. Excitingly, the project has gone back to the original negatives and is set to include all of the extras from the recent Mannequin Mania DVD, plus two new documentaries which will be exclusive to the release.
Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion

by
Terrance Dicks
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, Target Books (1974)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date January 1974
Original Price 25p
ISBN 0426103130
Cover Artist Chris Achilleos
Illustrator Chris Achilleos

A novelisation of the 1970 television story Spearhead from Space, featuring the Third Doctor and Liz Shaw.

Back Cover Blurb
In this, the first adventure of his third 'incarnation', DOCTOR WHO, Liz Shaw and the Brigadier grapple with the nightmarish invasion of the AUTONS — living, giant-sized, plastic-modelled 'humans' with no hair and sightless eyes; waxwork replicas and tailors' dummies whose murderous behavior is directed by the NESTENE CONSCIOUSNESS — a malignant, squid-like monster of cosmic proportins and indescribably hideous appearance.

'This DOCTOR WHO adventure (televised as Spearhead from Space) wins my vote as the best in the lifetime of the series so far.'
Matthew Coady, The Daily Mirror

'DOCTOR WHO, the children's own programme which adults adore...'
Gerard Garrett, The Daily Sketch
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion
UK | Hardback | Allan Wingate Ltd | January 1974 | 1.75 | 0855230355
Released simultaneously with the paperback edition from Target Books. Apart from the hardback of Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters, this was to be the only hardback Doctor Who book published by Allan Wingate until a regular schedule began in November 1975 with Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders.
Flag of Turkey Click for cover image Doktor Kim: Ve Otonlar
Turkey | Paperback | Remzi Kitabevi | 1975 Doktor Kim: Ve Otonlar 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 original Target Books edition.
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Flag of Finland Click for cover image Tohtori Kuka: Ja Autonien Hyökkäys
Finland | Hardback | Weilin+ Göös | 1976 Tohtori Kuka: Ja Autonien Hyökkäys was one of two translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released by Weilin+ Göös in Finland during 1976. The identities of the cover artist and translator are unknown.
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Flag of Holland Click for cover image Doctor Who en de Invasie van de Autonen
Holland | Paperback | Gooise Uitgeverij | 1976 | 9026981058 Doctor Who en de Invasie van de Autonen was one of eight translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released in Holland in the 1970s by Gooise Uitgeverij. The book was translated by JJ v.d. Hulst-Brander and used the Chris Achilleos artwork from the 1974 Target Books edition.
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Flag of Japan Click for cover image (Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion)
Japan | Paperback | Hayakawa Bunko | April 1980 | 2
The second 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.
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Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion
UK | Hardback | WH Allen | November 1981 | 4.25 | 0491028954
A new edition of the novelisation, with new front cover artwork by Andrew Skilleter.
Flag of Portugal Click for cover image Doutor Who e a Invasao dos Autones
Portugal | Paperback | Editorial Presença | 1982 | 1
Doutor Who e a Invasao dos Autones 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 UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion
UK | Paperback | Target Books | 1982 | 0426112954 | (No.6)
The first paperback edition to use the 1981 cover artwork by Andrew Skilleter. Later Target reprints would be numbered No.6 in the Doctor Who Library.
A mysterious shower of meteorites lands in Essex, and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart of UNIT has reason to believe that they have been deliberately aimed at the Earth's surface.

The Doctor joins forces with the Brigadier and Liz Shaw in a desperate bid to prevent the nightmarish invasion of the sinister Autons. Living models of human beings — their murderous behavior is controlled and directed by the Nestene Consciousness, a malignant, squid-like monster of cosmic proportions and indescribably hideous appearance.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Auton Invasion
UK | Paperback | Target Books | March 1991 | 2.50 | 0426112954 | No.6
A new edition of the novelisation, with new front cover artwork by Alister Pearson. Unlike several of the other reprint novelisations released by Target around this time, Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion was the only one which was not to be issued under under its televeision title.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion
UK | 4 × CD | BBC Audiobooks | June 2008 | 13.25 | 978-1405687669
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Caroline John who had played Liz Shaw in all four television stories from Season 7. The audiobook re-used the original Chris Achilleos cover art from the 1974 Target Books edition.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion
UK | Paperback | BBC Books | July 2011 | 4.99 | 978-1849901932
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 with both 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 Auton Invasion the latter was by Russell T Davies, who brought the series back to television in 2005 with an episode that saw the first appearance of the Autons since Terror of the Autons in 1971.
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Put on trial by the Time Lords, and found guilty of interfering in the affairs of other worlds, the Doctor is exiled to Earth in the 20th century, his appearance once again changed. His arrival coincides with a meteorite shower. But these are no ordinary meteorites.

The Nestene Consciousness has begun its first attempt to invade Earth using killer Autons and deadly shop window dummies. Only the Doctor and UNIT can stop the attack. But the Doctor is recovering in hospital, and his old friend the Brigadier doesn't even recognise him. Can the Doctor recover and win UNIT's trust before the invasion begins?

This novel is based on 'Spearhead from Space', a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 3-24 January 1970.

Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, his companion Liz Shaw and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Auton Invasion
eBook | BBC Digital | July 2011
Digital edition of the book re-released the same month in paperback by BBC Books.
Television Story
Spearhead from Space
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Colour

03/01/70 Episode 1 Robert Holmes
12/01/70 Episode 2 Robert Holmes
19/01/70 Episode 3 Robert Holmes
26/01/70 Episode 4 Robert Holmes
Notes
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons, Target Books (1975)

Cover image: Doctor Who, The Shooting Scripts, BBC Books (2005)

Cover image: Doctor Who, Business Unusual, BBC Books (1997)

Cover image: Doctor Who, Synthespians, BBC Books (2004)

Cover image: Doctor Who, Autonomy, BBC Books (2009)
  • Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion was the first new novelisation to be released by Target Books after their reprinting of the three 1960s titles (Daleks / Zarbi / Crusaders) a year earlier. It was released simultaneously with Malcolm Hulke's novelisation of the following story, Doctor Who and the Silurians.
  • Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion was the very first Doctor Who novelisation to be written by Terrance Dicks who, at the time of publication, was script editor on the television series. Over the next thirteen years he would go on to novelise a further sixty-two Doctor Who stories for Target, before becoming a regular contributor to the various ranges of original Doctor Who novels which were published between 1991 and 2008. He also wrote, or co-wrote, six stories for the television series between 1969 and 1983.
  • Spearhead from Space was the very first story to feature the Third Doctor, who had been sentenced to exile on Earth by the Time Lords for interfering in the affairs of other worlds (see The War Games). To prevent him leaving the planet, his TARDIS had been immobilised and his memories of how to operate it were also blocked.

    The story also reintroduced UNIT, the military organisation which had first appeared in the 1968 story The Invasion, and also Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart who had appeared in that story and had first been introduced in 1967's The Web of Fear.

    Making her debut was Dr Liz Shaw, an expert in meteorites and physics who would be present throughout Season 7 as the Doctor's assistant.

    The story also introduced the Nestene Consciousness and the Autons who would return the following year in Terror of the Autons. The Autons were famously in the form of shop mannequins whose hands would drop away to reveal a gun. They were to return in the television series on one further occasion, in Rose, the debut episode of the revived Doctor Who series in 2005.

    Needless to say, the original Doctor Who novels have occasionally featured both the Nestene Consciousness and the Autons, most notably in the Sixth Doctor novels Business Unusual and SynthespiansTM, and the Tenth Doctor novel Autonomy.
  • The early part of the story features the arrival on Earth of a shower of meterorites, one of a number that have all fallen in the same area. The meteorites are all hollow and apparently contained an organism of some kind.

    In this particular case they are transporting parts of the Nestene Consciousness, but BBC1 viewers in 1970 could have been forgiven for thinking they were watching a re-make of the 1955 serial Quatermass II which also included showers of hollow meteorites falling to Earth in England and which were being tracked by the military.

    By a strange coincidence the exact same idea was also used in the 1966 science fiction movie Invasion, based on a storyline by one Robert Holmes...

    And this wouldn't be the only time that Doctor Who would be "inspired" by the Quatermass serials. The following season's The Daemons, with its ancient horned being (Azal), buried spacecraft and ties to superstition and the black arts, was clearly influenced by Nigel Kneale's final serial for the BBC, Quatermass and the Pit.

    Also of note is 1988's Remembrance of the Daleks. Although it didn't actually borrow anything from the Quatermass storylines, a conversation between Rachel and Alison makes reference to Bernard and the British Rocket Group — a modern-day incarnation of the latter would eventually be seen in 2006's The Christmas Invasion.
Cover image of Doctor Who en de Invasie van de Autonen supplied by Anthony Forth
Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters

by
Malcolm Hulke
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters, Target Books (1974)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date January 1974
Original Price 25p
ISBN 0426102924
Cover Artist Chris Achilleos
Illustrator Chris Achilleos
Book Number (No.9)

A novelisation of the 1970 television story Doctor Who and the Silurians, featuring the Third Doctor and Liz Shaw.

Later Target reprints would be numbered No.9 in the Doctor Who Library.

Back Cover Blurb
All is not well at the Wenley Moor underground atomic research station: there are unnacountable losses of power-output; nervous breakdowns amongst the staff; and then — a death! UNIT is called in and the Brigadier is soon joined by DOCTOR WHO and Liz Shaw in a tense and exciting adventure with subterranean reptile men — SILURIANS — and a 40 ft. high Tyrannosaurus rex, the biggest, most savage mammal which ever trod the earth!
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters
UK | Hardback | Allan Wingate Ltd | January 1974 | 1.75 | 0855230363
Released simultaneously with the paperback edition from Target Books. Apart from the hardback of Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, this was to be the only hardback Doctor Who book published by Allan Wingate until a regular schedule began in November 1975 with Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders.
Flag of Finland Click for cover image Tohtori Kuka: Ja Luolahirviöt
Finland | Hardback | Weilin+ Göös | 1976 Tohtori Kuka: Ja Luolahirviöt was one of two translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released by Weilin+ Göös in Finland during 1976. The identities of the cover artist and translator are unknown.
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Flag of Holland Click for cover image Doctor Who en de Holen-Monsters
Holland | Paperback | Gooise Uitgeverij | 1976 | 9026981066
Doctor Who en de Holen-Monsters was one of eight translations of Doctor Who novelisations to be released in Holland in the 1970s by Gooise Uitgeverij. The book was translated by JJ v.d. Hulst-Brander and used the Chris Achilleos artwork from the 1974 Target Books edition.
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Flag of Japan Click for cover image (Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters)
Japan | Paperback | Hayakawa Bunko | May 1980 | 3
One 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.
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Flag of Portugal Click for cover image Doutor Who e os Monstros das Cavernas
Portugal | Paperback | Editorial Presença | 1983 | 2
Doutor Who e os Monstros das Cavernas 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 UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Silurians
UK | Paperback | Target Books | August 1992 | 0426203828 | 2.99 | No.9
A new edition of the novelisation, with new front cover artwork by Alister Pearson. This was the only edition of the book which would be released under the title of the original television story from which it was adapted.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters
UK | 4 × CD | BBC Audiobooks | September 2007 | 13.25 | 978-1405677998
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Caroline John who had played Liz Shaw in all four television stories from Season 7. The audiobook re-used the original Chris Achilleos cover art from the 1974 Target Books edition.
Caroline John reads this thrilling novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure

All is not well at the Wenley Moor underground atomic research station: there are unnacountable losses of power-output; nervous breakdowns amongst the staff; and then — a death!

UNIT is called in, and the Brigadier is soon joined by Doctor Who and Liz Shaw in a tense and exciting adventure with subterranean reptile men — Silurians — and a 40 ft. high Tyrannosaurus rex, the biggest, most savage mammal which ever trod the Earth!

Caroline John, who played Liz Shaw in the original TV serial Doctor Who and the Silurians, reads Malcolm Hulke's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1974.

'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
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters
UK | Paperback | BBC Books | July 2011 | 4.99 | 978-1849901949
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 with both 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 Cave Monsters the latter was by Terrance Dicks. To round things off, all six books had the logo in gold foil.
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UNIT is called in to investigate security at a secret research centre buried under Wenley Moor. Unknown to the Doctor and his colleagues, the work at the centre has woken a group of Silurians — intelligent reptiles that used to be the dominant life form on Earth in prehistoric times.

Now they have woken, the Silurians are appalled to find 'their' planet populated by upstart apes. The Doctor hopes to negotiate a peace deal, but there are those on both sides who cannot bear the thought of humans and Silurians living together. As UNIT soldiers enter the cave systems, and the Silurians unleash a deadly plague that could wipe out the human race, the battle for planet Earth begins.

This novel is based on 'The Silurians', a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 31 January-14 March 1970.

Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, his companion Liz Shaw and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters
eBook | BBC Digital | July 2011
Digital edition of the book re-released the same month in paperback by BBC Books.
Television Story
Doctor Who and the Silurians
7 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Colour

31/01/70 Episode 1 Malcolm Hulke
07/02/70 Episode 2 Malcolm Hulke
14/02/70 Episode 3 Malcolm Hulke
21/02/70 Episode 4 Malcolm Hulke
28/02/70 Episode 5 Malcolm Hulke
07/03/70 Episode 6 Malcolm Hulke
14/03/70 Episode 7 Malcolm Hulke
Notes
Cover image: Doctor Who, Blood Heat, Doctor Who Books (1993)

Cover image: Doctor Who, The Scales of Injustice, Doctor Who Books (1996)
  • Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters was the one of the first two novelisation to be released by Target Books after their reprinting of the three 1960s titles (The Daleks, The Zarbi and The Crusaders) a year earlier. It was released simultaneously with Terrance Dicks' novelisation of the preceding story, Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion.

    Malcolm Hulke would go on to novelise a further six Doctor Who stories, with all but Doctor Who and the Green Death being based on his own scripts. Other notable successes include Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon and Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion.
  • Doctor Who and the Silurians, oddly enough, was the first story to feature the prehistoric Silurians, who had ruled the Earth before man. A semi-sequel in the form of The Sea Devils followed in 1973, which introduced their aquatic cousins, while Warriors of the Deep in 1984 brought back both species to face the Fifth Doctor. More recently, Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor encountered another group of hibernating Silurians in 2010's two-part story The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.
  • Blood Heat, published in 1993 as part of the New Adventures range of books, was a sequel to Doctor Who and the Silurians and was set in a parallel universe in which the Third Doctor had died at the hands of the Silurians.

    The only other book to feature the Silurians in a major way was Gary Russell's The Scales of Injustice, a Third Doctor Missing Adventure published in 1996.
Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death

by
Terrance Dicks
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Ambassadors of Death, WH Allen (1987)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date May 1987
Original Price 7.50
ISBN 0491037120
Cover Artist Tony Masero

A novelisation of the 1970 television story The Ambassadors of Death, featuring the Third Doctor and Liz Shaw.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death
UK | Paperback | Target Books | October 1987 | 1.95 | 0426203054 | No.121

Seven months after it left Mars there has still been no radio communications with the Probe Seven spacecraft or the astronauts inside it. Back on Earth concern is mounting and eventually a recovery capsule is sent up to rescue the astronauts.

But when the capsule returns to Earth it is found to be empty. As the Doctor and Liz Shaw investigate, they discover that the interior of the capsule is radioactive: if anyone was inside they would now surely be dead.

Have the astronauts indeed returned to Earth? And if not, who are the sinister space-suited figures who stalk the countryside and whose very touch means instant death.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death
UK | Paperback | Target Books | March 1991 | 2.50 | 0426203054 | No.121
A new edition of the novelisation, with new front cover artwork by Alister Pearson.
Television Story
The Ambassadors of Death
7 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Colour

21/03/70 Episode 1 David Whitaker
28/03/70 Episode 2 David Whitaker
04/04/70 Episode 3 David Whitaker
11/04/70 Episode 4 David Whitaker
18/04/70 Episode 5 David Whitaker
25/04/70 Episode 6 David Whitaker
02/05/70 Episode 7 David Whitaker

Major contributions to the script were also made by Malcolm Hulke and Trevor Ray, although both would be uncredited.
Notes
  • The Ambassadors of Death was the final Third Doctor story to be novelised, making this era of the programme the first to be completely available in book form. Sadly, the complications surrounding Eric Saward's two 1980s Dalek stories, and the three Fourth Doctor scripts written by Douglas Adams, meant that only the First, Second and Seventh Doctor's eras would also be completed by Target.
  • The Ambassadors of Death was to be the final story for Doctor Who to be written by David Whitaker, who had been the series' first story editor between 1963 and 1964. He went on to write three stories for each of the first two Doctors, and also wrote two of the three Doctor Who novelisations published in the 1960s — Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks, which was based on Terry Nation's first Dalek story, and Doctor Who and the Crusaders which was based on his own scripts.
Doctor Who: Inferno

by
Terrance Dicks
Cover image: Doctor Who, Inferno, WH Allen (1984)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date July 1984
Original Price 5.95
ISBN 0491031432
Cover Artist Nick Spender

A novelisation of the 1970 television story Inferno, featuring the Third Doctor and Liz Shaw.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Inferno
UK | Paperback | Target Books | October 1984 | 1.50 | 0426196171 | No.89

Inferno is the name of a top-secret drilling project to penetrate the Earth's crust and release a major new energy source.

A crisis develops when a noxious liquid leaks out as drilling progresses — the green poison has a grotesquely debilitating effect on human beings.

As the Earth's plight worsens, the Doctor is trapped in a parallel world, unable to rescue the planet and its inhabitants from the destructive force of Inferno...
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Inferno
UK | 4 × CD | AudioGO | April 2011 | 13.25 | 978-1408468326
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Caroline John who had played Liz Shaw in all four television stories from Season 7.
Television Story
Inferno
7 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Colour

09/05/70 Episode 1 Don Houghton
16/05/70 Episode 2 Don Houghton
23/05/70 Episode 3 Don Houghton
30/05/70 Episode 4 Don Houghton
06/06/70 Episode 5 Don Houghton
13/06/70 Episode 6 Don Houghton
20/06/70 Episode 7 Don Houghton
Notes
Cover imgage: Doctor Who, The Scales of Injustice, Doctor Who Books (1996)

Cover image: Eternity Weeps, Virgin Publishing (1997)
  • Inferno was one of only two stories to be written for the television series by Don Houghton, with The Mind of Evil being produced the following season.
  • Inferno was the final regular story to feature the character of Liz Shaw, who was written out between seasons, to be replaced in Terror of the Autons by Jo Grant (Katy Manning). She would later make a cameo appearance in the twentieth-anniversary story The Five Doctors, before starring in the four P.R.O.B.E. stories released on video by Reeltime Pictures in the 1990s.

    Needless to say, several original novels featured the character, including The Eye of the Giant, The Devil Goblins from Neptune and Gary Russell's The Scales of Injustice, which sees Liz leave UNIT. The character would turn up for several further adventures including David A McIntee's Rasputin story The Wages of Sin, before finally being killed off in Jim Mortimore's Seventh Doctor tale Eternity Weeps.
  • But while Liz Shaw was leaving the series, Sergeant Benton (John Levene) was making his first appearance as a regular, having first been introduced in the Second Doctor story The Invasion, when he was just a lowly Corporal. The character would remain associated with the show until UNIT ceased to appear on a regular basis. His final appearance was in the The Android Invasion in 1975. A comment by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in 1983's Mawdryn Undead would suggest that he left to become a used car saleman.
  • Strangely, Inferno was the only television Doctor Who story from the original 1963-89 series which prominently featured a parallel universe, although a brief glimpse of an alternate 1980 would be seen in Pyramids of Mars. It wasn't until Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, some thirty-six years later, that the subject was returned to.