Doctor Who

Novelisations: Seventh Doctor: Season 24

Novelisations: Seventh Doctor
Archive Status / DVD Releases

All four stories from Season 24 have been released on DVD in the UK and the United States. Dragonfire was released in the UK in the Ace Adventures box set. The story was released individually in the United States. All releases are subtitled.
Doctor Who: Time and the Rani

by
Pip and Jane Baker
Cover image: Doctor Who, Time and the Rani, WH Allen (1987)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date December 1987
Original Price 7.95
ISBN 0491031866
Cover Artist N/A

A novelisation of the 1987 television story Time and the Rani, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Melanie Bush.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Time and the Rani
UK | Paperback | Target Books | May 1988 | 1.99 | 0426202325 | No. 128

Assailed by violent bolts of multi-coloured energy, the TARDIS is blasted off-course and forced to land on the barren planet of Lakertya. The turbulence brings about the Doctor's sixth regeneration. But that is the least of his worries. He has been hijacked by that ruthless renegade Time Lady, the Rani.

Why has the Rani brought the Doctor to Lakertya? What are the hideous Tetrap guards? Who are the eleven geniuses she has imprisoned in her stronghold? What is the vital significance of the asteroid of Strange Matter? And can the Doctor stop the Rani's diabolical scheme before it affects the whole of creation throughout time and space?
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Time and the Rani
UK | Paperback | Target Books | October 1991 | 2.50 | 0426203313 | No. 128

A new paperback edition of the novelisation, with new cover artwork from Alister Pearson, which was later one of two pieces reproduced in David J Howe's large-format book Timeframe: An Illustrated History (Doctor Who Books, 1993) to represent Season 24 of the television series.
'HE GLARED BLEAKLY AT THE RANI. 'THAT ASTEROID'S COMPOSED OF STRANGE MATTER! WHAT MONSTROUS EXPERIMENT ARE YOU DABBLING IN NOW?'

Assailed by violent bolts of energy, the TARDIS is blasted off-course and forced to land on the barren planet of Lakertya, and the violent buffeting triggers the Doctor's sixth regeneration. But that is the least of his worries. He has been hijacked by that ruthless renegade female Time Lord, the Rani.

Why has the Rani brought the Doctor to Lakertya? What are the hideous Tetrap guards? Who are the eleven geniuses she has imprisoned in her stronghold? What is the vital significance of the asteroid of Strange Matter? And can the Doctor stop the Rani's diabolical scheme before it affects the whole of creation throughout time and space?
Television Story
Time and the Rani
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Colour

07/09/87 Part One Pip and Jane Baker
14/09/87 Part Two Pip and Jane Baker
21/09/87 Part Three Pip and Jane Baker
28/09/87 Part Four Pip and Jane Baker
Regular Characters
Seventh Doctor / Melanie Bush

Familiar Faces / Returning Characters
The Rani
Notes
  • Time and the Rani was the first story to feature the Seventh Doctor, after BBC1 controller Michael Grade had ordered a re-vamp for Doctor Who and the removal of Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor. The opening few seconds sees a badly-wigged Sylvester McCoy (dressed as the Sixth Doctor) rolling over just in time to regenerate into the new Seventh Doctor.

    Spiral Scratch, an original novel leading up to the regeneration, was published by BBC Books in 2005.
  • Time and the Rani was the last of Pip and Jane Baker's television stories for Doctor Who, and also (mercifully) the last of their four novelisations for Target Books.
  • The character of the Rani was created by Pip and Jane Baker for the Season 22 story The Mark of the Rani. Although the character would not be seen in the television series again (apart from in the mind-numbingly awful Dimensions in Time sketch for Children in Need in 1993), she did make appearances in a number of books over the years.

    • Race Against Time was one of six Make Your Own Adventure books published by Severn House in 1986, and saw the Bakers once again pitting the Rani against the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown.
    • State of Change from Christopher Bulis in 1994 was another Rani/Sixth Doctor/Peri tale, with Divided Loyalties from Gary Russell in 1999 including a number of flashback scenes set on Gallifrey (before the Doctor left) and which revealed that the Rani's name was Ushas.
    • The Rani's final appearance to date was in The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind, an audio drama from BBV. Once again, the story was scripted by Pip and Jane Baker and saw Kate O'Mara reprising her television role as the Rani.
  • Time and the Rani was the first novelisation to be published which featured the Seventh Doctor, and as such saw the first use of the new logo from the television series.

    Rather unfortunately, an error occurred in the production of the first paperback edition from Target Books. Eagle-eyed owners will notice that the book claims to be No.127 on the spine when it was actually No.128. To confuse the matter further, No.127 (The Mysterious Planet) claims to be No. 126 on the inside...

    And talking of first paperback editions, the book was considered worthy enough to have "First Edition" plastered across the front cover. Over twenty years later and precisely no one has yet uncovered a good explanation as to why such a bad book should get such treatment.
Doctor Who: Paradise Towers

by
Stephen Wyatt
Cover image: Doctor Who, Paradise Towers, Target Books (1988)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date December 1988
Original Price 1.99
ISBN 0426203305
Cover Artist Alister Pearson
Book Number No.134

A novelisation of the 1987 television story Paradise Towers, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Melanie Bush.

Back Cover Blurb
Much in need of a holiday, Mel and the Doctor head for Paradise Towers: a luxury man-made planet with sparkling fountains, sunny streets, exotic flowers and a shimmering blue swimming pool.

But when the TARDIS materialises in a dark, rubbish-filled, rat-infested alley it seems that this particular Paradise has turned into Hell!

Pursued by rogue cleaning machines, authoritarian caretakers and old ladies with strange eating habits, the Doctor and Mel track down the source of the chaos to one mysterious character - the designer of Paradise Towers, the Great Architect himself...
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Paradise Towers
UK | 4 × CD | AudioGO | April 2011 | 13.25 | 978-1408426715
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Bonnie Langford.
Television Story
Paradise Towers
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Colour

05/10/87 Part One Stephen Wyatt
12/10/87 Part Two Stephen Wyatt
19/10/87 Part Three Stephen Wyatt
26/10/87 Part Four Stephen Wyatt
Notes
  • Paradise Towers was the first of two stories to be written for the television series by Stephen Wyatt, with The Greatest Show in the Galaxy being broadcast the following year as the final story in Season 25. Both stories were novelised by Wyatt himself.
  • Paradise Towers was the first Doctor Who novelisation from Target/WH Allen since the 1970s to be published only in paperback — the hardback range from WH Allen had been cancelled due to falling sales, with the final title in that range being The Smugglers, published in June 1988.

    Ignoring the series of novellas from Telos, which were generally to be found only in specialist Sci-Fi shops, the next hardback title to be easily found on the high-street was The Clockwise Man in 2005.
Doctor Who: Delta and the Bannermen

by
Malcolm Kohll
Cover image: Doctor Who, Delta and the Bannermen (1989)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date January 1989
Original Price 1.99
ISBN 042620333X
Cover Artist Alister Pearson
Book Number No.135

A novelisation of the 1987 television story Delta and the Bannermen, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Melanie Bush.

Back Cover Blurb
As the ten billionth customers at a space tollport the Doctor and Mel win the Grand Prize — a place on the Fabulous Fifties Coach Tour to Disneyland, Planet Earth.

Unfortunately, they don't quite make it there... Knocked off-course by a wayward satellite the coach party arrives instead at Shangri-la, a remote Welsh holiday camp.

But the peace and quiet of the countryside are soon shattered by the arrival of an army of marauding Bannermen soldiers, led by the ruthless Gavrok. They are tracking down Delta, the last of the Chimeron, with only one thought in mind — her destruction...
Television Story
Delta and the Bannermen
3 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Colour

02/11/87 Part One Malcolm Kohll
09/11/87 Part Two Malcolm Kohll
16/11/87 Part Three Malcolm Kohll
Notes
  • Delta and the Bannermen was the only story written for the television series by Malcolm Kohll, as well as being his only novelisation.
Doctor Who: Dragonfire

by
Ian Briggs
Cover image: Doctor Who, Dragonfire, Target Books (1989)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date March 1989
Original Price 1.99
ISBN 0426203224
Cover Artist Alister Pearson
Book Number No.137

A novelisation of the 1987 television story Dragonfire, featuring the Seventh Doctor, Melanie Bush and Ace.

Alister Pearson'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 24 of the television series.

Back Cover Blurb
When the Doctor and Mel arrive in the Space Trading Colony, Iceworld, the Doctor can feel that there is mischief afoot. And he and Mel don't have to wait long before they discover the culprit, for there in the Refreshment Bar they meet up with that old intergalactic rogue, Sabalom Glitz.

Glitz is hot on the trail of hidden treasure and the Doctor, keen to do some scientific research, decides to join him. Down into the Ice Passages they go — through the Ice Garden, past the Singing Trees, beyond the Lake of Oblivion — in search of the Dragon's Treasure.

But the Doctor and his companions don't know the true worth of this mythical hoard. Only Kane, the most feared man in Iceworld, knows the secret of the Dragonfire...
Television Story
Dragonfire
3 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Colour

23/11/87 Part One Ian Briggs
30/11/87 Part Two Ian Briggs
07/12/87 Part Three Ian Briggs
Regular Characters
Seventh Doctor / Melanie Bush / Ace

Familiar Faces / Returning Characters
Sabalom Glitz
Notes
  • Dragonfire was the first of two stories written for the television series by Ian Briggs, the second being The Curse of Fenric which was produced for the following season. As with the majority of Doctor Who novelistions around this time, Briggs novelised both stories himself.
  • Dragonfire is probably most notable for seeing the daparture from the television series of Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford) and the introduction of Ace (Sophie Aldred).

    And making a re-appearance for the final time in the television series was Sabalom Glitz, who had last been seen in The Trial of a Time Lord the previous year. The character would later turn up in the original Sixth Doctor novel Mission: Impractical in 1998.