Doctor Who

Original Novels: Game Books: 1980s

Original Novels: Game Books
Doctor Who: Search for the Doctor

by
David Martin
Cover image: Doctor Who, Search for the Doctor, Severn House (1986)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Severn House
Publication Date June 1986
Original Price 1.95
ISBN 0727820877
Cover Artist Gail Bennett
Illustrator Gail Bennett

Search for the Doctor is an original game book featuring the Sixth Doctor, K-9 Mark III, Omega and Drax.

Back Cover Blurb
Have you ever longed to climb aboard the TARDIS and enter another dimension? Meet the Doctor and join him in outwitting his enemies? Well now's your chance! All you need is a pair of dice, a pencil, a little bit of luck and all your wits about you. Ready?

Search for the Doctor
The year is 2056, and the Doctor is trapped in toroidal stasis by arch enemy Omega. But help is at hand from the Doctor's old friends Drax and K9 — and you! Now open the covers and join the Doctor in an adventure through Time and Space...
Other Editions
Flag of United States Click for cover image Doctor Who: Search for the Doctor
United States | Paperback | Ballantine Books | August 1986 | $2.50 | 0345332245 | #1
The cover art was by Romas.
Notes
  • The first book in the Severn House range of Make Your Own Adventure books. All six titles were released in the United States by Ballantine Books as part of the Find Your Fate series.
  • The author, David Martin, is best known to most Doctor Who fans as Dave Martin — co-writer with Bob Baker of no less than eight stories for the television series, amongst which is The Invisible Enemy, the Season 15 tale that introduced the robotic dog K-9.

    His second and final book for the Make Your Own Adventure With Doctor Who range was The Garden of Evil which was published in the August.
  • The inside of the book stated that two titles named The Space Pirates and Doctor Who and the Dominators were part of the range. These had no connection whatsoever to the television stories of the same name and were eventually released as Mission to Venus and Invasion of the Ormazoids respectively.
  • K-9 Mark III made his first television appearance in the 1981 spin-off drama K-9 and Company, in which he was given to ex-Doctor Who companion Sarah Jane Smith.

    The twentieth-anniversary Doctor Who story The Five Doctors saw both characters return to the screen, with a further appearance some twenty-three years later in the Season 28 story School Reunion, which starred David Tennant and Billie Piper.

    After being blown up in School Reunion, the revamped K-9 Mark IV went on to make a number of appearances in the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  • The character of Omega was a renegade Time Lord who had been created by Bob Baker and Dave Martin as the nemesis to face the first three incarnations of the Doctor in the tenth-anniversary television story The Three Doctors.

    Omega was subsequently brought back in 1983's Arc of Infinity and has since been a major character (although never seen) in the back story of the Time Lords which has been built up in the various Doctor Who novel ranges.

    1988's Remembrance of the Daleks included a Time Lord artefact named the Hand of Omega which was apparently instrumental in creating the black hole that gave the Time Lords their power over time, and which is subsequently used to destroy Skaro, the Daleks' home planet.
  • Drax was created for Baker and Martin's 1979 story The Armageddon Factor. Like Omega, Drax was also a renegade Time Lord, but was probably the only one of the two to have been imprisoned in Brixton jail for trying to steal the Crown Jewels!
Doctor Who: Crisis in Space

by
Michael Holt
Cover image: Doctor Who, Crisis in Space, Severn House (1986)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Severn House
Publication Date June 1986
Original Price 1.95
ISBN 0727820931
Cover Artist Gail Bennett
Illustrator Gail Bennett

Crisis in Space is an original game book featuring the Sixth Doctor, Peri Brown and Turlough.

Back Cover Blurb
Have you ever longed to climb aboard the TARDIS and enter another dimension? Meet the Doctor and join him in outwitting his enemies? Well now's your chance! All you need is a pair of dice, a pencil, a little bit of luck and all your wits about you. Ready?

Crisis in Space
Garth Hadeez, overlord of the grim and gruesome Golons, has released a black hole into the solar system. His plan is to annihilate Earth. Only the Doctor — and you — can save it! Now open the covers and join the Doctor in an adventure through Time and Space...
Other Editions
Flag of United States Click for cover image Doctor Who: Crisis in Space
United States | Paperback | Ballantine Books | August 1986 | $2.50 | 0345332253 | #2
The cover art is by Romas.
Characters
Sixth Doctor / Peri Brown / Turlough
Notes
  • The second book in the Severn House range of Make Your Own Adventure books. All six titles were released in the United States by Ballantine Books as part of the Find Your Fate series.
  • Michael Holt's only previous connection with the world of Doctor Who had been a series of five puzzle books for Magnet, released between 1982 and 1985.
  • Like Search for the Doctor, the inside of the book listed The Space Pirates and Doctor Who and the Dominators as forthcoming titles.
  • It's unclear how Fifth Doctor-era companion Turlough came to be in the TARDIS alongside the Sixth Doctor and Peri seeing as he was written out of the series in Planet of Fire, the story in which Peri was introduced.

    A similar situation later arose in the Solo-Play Adventure Game Doctor Who and the Rebel's Gamble which saw the Sixth Doctor and Peri travelling with Fourth Doctor-era companion Harry Sullivan...
Doctor Who: The Garden of Evil

by
David Martin
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Garden of Evil, Severn House (1986)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Severn House
Publication Date August 1986
Original Price 1.95
ISBN 072792113X
Cover Artist Gail Bennett
Illustrator Gail Bennett

The Garden of Evil is an original game book featuring the Sixth Doctor.

Back Cover Blurb
Have you ever longed to climb aboard the TARDIS and enter another dimension? Meet the Doctor and join him in outwitting his enemies? Well now's your chance! All you need is a pair of dice, a pencil, a little bit of luck and all your wits about you. Ready?

The Garden of Evil

A dark force is at work to destroy all living beings and replace them with monstrous machines. Only the Doctor — and you — can find the source of this evil and save the Universe! Now open the covers and join the Doctor in an adventure through Time and Space...
Other Editions
Flag of United States Click for cover image Doctor Who: Garden of Evil
United States | Paperback | Ballantine Books | September 1986 | $2.50 | 0345332261 | #3
The cover art is by Romas.
Notes
  • The third book in the Severn House range of Make Your Own Adventure books. All six titles were released in the United States by Ballantine Books as part of the Find Your Fate series.
  • The Garden of Evil was David Martin's second book for the Make Your Own Adventure series, having written the opening title Search for the Doctor.
Doctor Who: Race Against Time

by
Pip and Jane Baker
Cover image: Doctor Who, Race Against Time, Severn House (1986)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Severn House
Publication Date August 1986
Original Price 1.95
ISBN 0727821164
Cover Artist Gail Bennett
Illustrator Gail Bennett

Race Against Time is an original game book featuring the Sixth Doctor, Peri Brown and the Rani.

Back Cover Blurb
Have you ever longed to climb aboard the TARDIS and enter another dimension? Meet the Doctor and join him in outwitting his enemies? Well now's your chance! All you need is a pair of dice, a pencil, a little bit of luck and all your wits about you. Ready?

Race Against Time

Somewhere deep in the Universe the Rani is planning an evil experiment to plunge the Earth back into primeval slime. Only the Doctor — and you — can locate her fiendish Time Destabilizer and save the world! Now open the covers and join the Doctor in an adventure through Time and Space...
Other Editions
Flag of United States Click for cover image Doctor Who: Race Against Time
United States | Paperback | Ballantine Books | December 1986 | $2.50 | 0345332288 | #6
The cover art is by Romas.
Characters
Sixth Doctor / Peri Brown / The Rani
Notes
  • The fourth book in the Severn House range of Make Your Own Adventure books. All six titles were released in the United States by Ballantine Books as part of the Find Your Fate series.
  • Pip and Jane Baker are best known to Doctor Who fans for writing, or co-writing, the television stories The Mark of the Rani, Terror of the Vervoids, The Ultimate Foe and Time and the Rani. They also wrote the Space: 1999 episode A Matter of Balance (novelised in The Space Jackers by Michael Butterworth) as well as creating the children's science fiction series Watt on Earth.
  • The character of the Rani first appeared in the 1985 television story The Mark of the Rani, in which she was on Earth during the Industrial Revolution and extracting brain chemicals from the mine workers in a northern mining town. The character returned two years later in the Seventh Doctor's debut story Time and the Rani.

    More recently the character made a surprise return in Christopher Bulis' 1994 novel State of Change (again featuring the Sixth Doctor) and was one of the characters featured in Gary Russell's Divided Loyalties, parts of which were flashbacks to events on Gallifrey before the Doctor left for the first time.
Doctor Who: Mission to Venus

by
William Emms
Cover image: Doctor Who, Mission to Venus, Severn House (1986)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Severn House
Publication Date October 1986
Original Price 1.95
ISBN 0727821229
Cover Artist Gail Bennett
Illustrator Gail Bennett

Mission to Venus is an original game book featuring the Sixth Doctor.

Back Cover Blurb
Have you ever longed to climb aboard the TARDIS and enter another dimension? Meet the Doctor and join him in outwitting his enemies? Well now's your chance! All you need is a pair of dice, a pencil, a little bit of luck and all your wits about you. Ready?

Mission to Venus

Evil forces have hijacked the starship Medusa on an urgent resue mission. Time and fuel are running out and it's up to the Doctor — and you — to conquer the invaders and save the colonists of Venus. Now open the covers and join the Doctor in an adventure through Time and Space...
Other Editions
Flag of United States Click for cover image Doctor Who: Mission to Venus
United States | Paperback | Ballantine Books | October 1986 | $2.50 | 0345332296 | #4
The cover art is by Romas.
Notes
  • The fifth book in the Severn House range of Make Your Own Adventure books. All six titles were released in the United States by Ballantine Books as part of the Find Your Fate series.
  • William Emms wrote the 1965 Doctor Who television story Galaxy 4 which he novelised for WH Allen twenty years later under the title Galaxy Four. A script book titled Galaxy 4 was released by Titan Books in 1994.
  • Mission to Venus is based on an unused idea for a Second Doctor television story called The Imps.
  • Mission to Venus originally advertised as a forthcoming title under the title The Space Pirates.
Doctor Who: Invasion of the Ormazoids

by
Philip Martin
Cover image: Doctor Who, Mission to Venus, Severn House (1986)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Severn House
Publication Date November 1986
Original Price 1.95
ISBN 0727821008
Cover Artist Gail Bennett
Illustrator Gail Bennett

Invasion of the Ormazoids is an original game book featuring the Sixth Doctor.

Back Cover Blurb
Have you ever longed to climb aboard the TARDIS and enter another dimension? Meet the Doctor and join him in outwitting his enemies? Well now's your chance! All you need is a pair of dice, a pencil, a little bit of luck and all your wits about you. Ready?

Invasion of the Ormazoids

Vengeful renegade Lord Darval seeks to conquer the human race with his fanatical Ormazoid troops. Only the Doctor — and you — have the secret of his hyper-time tunnel and you must challenge the despot before it's too late... Now open the covers and join the Doctor in an adventure through Time and Space...
Other Editions
Flag of United States Click for cover image Doctor Who: Invasion of the Ormazoids
United States | Paperback | Ballantine Books | November 1986 | $2.50 | 0345332318 | #5
The cover art is by Romas.
Notes
  • The sixth and final book in the Severn House range of Make Your Own Adventure books. All six titles were released in the United States by Ballantine Books as part of the Find Your Fate series.
  • Philip Martin is best known to Doctor Who fans for writing the television adventures Vengeance on Varos and Mindwarp, both of which he later novelised and both of which featured the devious Sil. Mission to Magnus, which would have been produced as part of the abandoned Season 23, was novelised by him in 1990 and featured both Sil and the Ice Warriors.

    Other television series he has written for include Gangsters, Star Cops and Virtual Murder.
  • Invasion of the Ormazoids was originally advertised as a forthcoming title under the title Doctor Who and the Dominators.
Doctor Who and the Rebel's Gamble

by
William H Keith, Jr
Cover image: Doctor Who and the Rebel's Gamble, FASA Corporation (1986)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher FASA Corporation
Publication Date 1986
Original Price $3.95
ISBN 0931787688
Cover Artist Harry Quinn

Doctor Who and the Rebel's Gamble is an original game book featuring the Sixth Doctor, Peri Brown and Harry Sullivan.

Back Cover Blurb
Something was seriously wrong with history...

And the disappearance of a psychiatrist and his patient from the 20th century was only the beginning. In this plot-your-own Doctor Who adventure, The Doctor and his Companions travel back to America at the time of the Civil War. There, they learn that a time-loose rebel soldier has discovered how the war turned out and is hard at work making certain that this time around, the South wins!
Notes
  • The first of FASA's range of two Solo-Play Adventure Game books to be based on Doctor Who.
  • The American Civil War was also used as the setting for Blood and Hope, the penultimate Doctor Who novella from Telos in January 2004.
Doctor Who and the Vortex Crystal

by
William H Keith, Jr
Cover image: Doctor Who and the Vortex Crystal, FASA Corporation (1986)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher FASA Corporation
Publication Date 1986
Original Price $3.95
ISBN 093178767X
Cover Artist Harry Quinn

Doctor Who and the Rebel's Gamble is an original game book featuring the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan and the Daleks.

Back Cover Blurb
The planet did not look inviting...

On the fog-shrouded planet Gathwyr, The Doctor and his Companions stumble across the keys to a mystery that lead them to plot and counterplot in a struggle that threatens the universe itself. In this plot-your-own Doctor Who adventure from FASA, the Doctor must use all of his intelligence, charm and luck to discover what power is eroding the barriers between Time and Space. Somewhere on Gathwyr lies the clues to the puzzle, but as the puzzle comes together, The Doctor learns he still faces his greatest challenge, a confrontation with the dark lord of the enigmatic Vortex Crystal!
Notes
  • The second and final title in FASA's range of Solo-Play Adventure Game books to be based on Doctor Who.
  • This is the second story featuring the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry in which they had encountered the Daleks. 1975's Genesis of the Daleks saw them up against Davros, the creator of the Daleks.
  • Apart from the various Dalek annuals of the 1960s and 1970s, and also several short stories from Terry Nation, this was the first appearance of the Daleks in an original work of fiction.

    Despite the proliferation of original Doctor Who fiction from the 1990s onwards, they would still only make a further handful of appearances in print. See War of the Daleks, Legacy of the Daleks, The Dalek Factor, I Am a Dalek, Short Trips: Dalek Empire and Prisoner of the Daleks.