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|image=Attack of the Cybermen novel.jpg
 
|image=Attack of the Cybermen novel.jpg
|series=[[Target novelisation]]s
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|number= 138
 
|number= 138
 
|doctor=Sixth Doctor
 
|doctor=Sixth Doctor
 
|companions= [[Peri Brown|Peri]]
 
|companions= [[Peri Brown|Peri]]
|enemy= [[Cybermen (Mondas)|Cybermen]], [[Lytton]]
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|enemy= [[Cybermen (Mondas)|Cybermen]], [[Cyber-Controller|Cyber Controller]]
 
|setting= [[London]] and [[Telos]], [[1985]]
 
|setting= [[London]] and [[Telos]], [[1985]]
 
|writer= [[Eric Saward]]
 
|writer= [[Eric Saward]]
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|format= Paperback Book; 10 Chapters, 140 Pages
 
|format= Paperback Book; 10 Chapters, 140 Pages
 
|isbn= ISBN 0-426-20290-2
 
|isbn= ISBN 0-426-20290-2
|prev=The Twin Dilemma (novelisation)
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|prev= Dragonfire (novelisation)
|next=Vengeance on Varos (novelisation)
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|next= The Nightmare Fair (novelisation)
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|series2 = [[List of Doctor Who television stories|TV series order]]
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|prev2=The Twin Dilemma (novelisation)
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|next2=Vengeance on Varos (novelisation)
 
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'''''{{StoryTitle}}''''' was a novelisation based on the 1985 television serial ''[[Attack of the Cybermen]]''.
'''''{{StoryTitle}}''''' was a novelisation based on the [[1985 (releases)|1985]] television serial ''[[Attack of the Cybermen]]''.
 
   
 
== Publisher's summary ==
 
== Publisher's summary ==
=== 1989 edition ===
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=== 1989 Target Books edition ===
A [[diamond]] raid in [[1985|modern]] [[London]]... a secret base hidden deep in the heart of the city's sewer system... a cold and desolate planet light years from [[Earth]]... and a daring plan to alter the entire course of interplanetary history...
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A [[diamond]] raid in [[1985|modern-day]] [[London]]...a secret base hidden deep in the heart of the city's sewer system...a cold and desolate planet light years from [[Earth]]...and a daring plan to alter the entire course of interplanetary history...
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On [[20th century|twentieth-century]] [[Earth]] it appears that [[Sixth Doctor|the Doctor]]'s old enemy, [[Lytton]], has allied himself with the ruthless [[Cyberman (Mondas)|Cybermen]]. The Cybermen have devised a scheme which, if successful, could completely destroy the web of time and bring the [[human]] race to its knees.
   
On [[20th century|twentieth-century]] [[Earth]] it appears that [[Sixth Doctor|the Doctor]]'s old enemy, [[Lytton]], has allied himself with the ruthless [[Cyberman (Mondas)|Cybermen]]. The Cybermen have devised a scheme which, if successful, could completely destroy the web of time and bring the [[human]] race to its knees. <br />
 
 
When the Cyber-planet of [[Mondas]] was destroyed in [[1986]] the Cybermen were forced to retreat to the planet [[Telos]]. Now they have journeyed back in time to prevent the destruction of their home world. And for Mondas to survive, the Earth must die...
 
When the Cyber-planet of [[Mondas]] was destroyed in [[1986]] the Cybermen were forced to retreat to the planet [[Telos]]. Now they have journeyed back in time to prevent the destruction of their home world. And for Mondas to survive, the Earth must die...
   
=== 1992 edition ===
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=== 1992 Target Books edition ===
[[Lytton]] stepped forward and bowed to one of the creatures. "We are your prisoners, leader," he said. He sounded pleased.
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LYTTON STEPPED FORWARD AND BOWED TO ONE OF THE CREATURES. 'WE ARE YOUR PRISONERS, LEADER,'
   
On [[20th century|twentieth-century]] [[Earth]], the [[Sixth Doctor]]'s old enemy, Lytton, appears to have allied himself with the ruthless [[Cybermen]], who have devised a scheme which, if successful, could completely destroy the web of time and bring the human race to its knees. For when the Cyberplanet [[Mondas]] was destroyed in [[1986]], the Cybermen were forced to retreat to the planet [[Telos]]. Now they have journeyed back in time to prevent the destruction of their home world, and for Mondas to survive, the Earth must die...
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On twentieth-century Earth, the Doctor's old enemy, Lytton, appears to have allied himself with the ruthless Cybermen, who have devised a scheme which, if successful, could completely destroy the web of time and bring the human race to its knees. For when the Cyberplanet Mondas was destroyed in 1986, the Cybermen were forced to retreat to the planet Telos. Now they have journeyed back in time to prevent the destruction of their home world, and for Mondas to survive, the Earth must die...
   
 
[[Eric Saward]]'s novelisation is based on the original story by [[Paula Moore]], which featured [[Colin Baker]] in the role of the Doctor.
 
[[Eric Saward]]'s novelisation is based on the original story by [[Paula Moore]], which featured [[Colin Baker]] in the role of the Doctor.
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== Additional cover images ==
 
== Additional cover images ==
''to be added''
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File:2AttackCybermen.jpg|1992 edition.<br />Cover by [[Alister Pearson]]
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== British publication history ==
 
== British publication history ==
 
First publication:
 
First publication:
 
Paperback (April 1989)
 
Paperback (April 1989)
* Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. One single paperback edition, estimated print run: 21,000, priced £1.99 (UK).
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* Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. One single paperback edition, estimated print run: 21,000, priced £1.99 (UK).
 
Re-issues: (October 1992)
 
Re-issues: (October 1992)
 
* Target / Virgin Publishing, with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £2.99 (UK).
 
* Target / Virgin Publishing, with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £2.99 (UK).
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== Audio book ==
 
== Audio book ==
 
In August 1995, BBC Audio released an abridged audio book version of the novel, read by [[Colin Baker]].
 
In August 1995, BBC Audio released an abridged audio book version of the novel, read by [[Colin Baker]].
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It became part of the BBC MP3-CD Audio sampler ''[[Tales from the TARDIS (audio anthology)|Tales from the TARDIS]]'' Volume 1, "Ten hours on just one disc".
 
It became part of the BBC MP3-CD Audio sampler ''[[Tales from the TARDIS (audio anthology)|Tales from the TARDIS]]'' Volume 1, "Ten hours on just one disc".
   
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
* [http://www.personal.leeds.ac.uk/~ecl6nb/OnTarget/general/main.htm ''On Target'' a comprehensive guide to the Target novelisations by Tim Neal]
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* [http://www.personal.leeds.ac.uk/~ecl6nb/OnTarget/general/main.htm ''On Target'' a comprehensive guide to the Target novelisations by Tim Neal]
 
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Latest revision as of 02:53, December 25, 2019

RealWorld

Attack of the Cybermen was a novelisation based on the 1985 television serial Attack of the Cybermen.

Publisher's summary Edit

1989 Target Books edition Edit

A diamond raid in modern-day London...a secret base hidden deep in the heart of the city's sewer system...a cold and desolate planet light years from Earth...and a daring plan to alter the entire course of interplanetary history...

On twentieth-century Earth it appears that the Doctor's old enemy, Lytton, has allied himself with the ruthless Cybermen. The Cybermen have devised a scheme which, if successful, could completely destroy the web of time and bring the human race to its knees.

When the Cyber-planet of Mondas was destroyed in 1986 the Cybermen were forced to retreat to the planet Telos. Now they have journeyed back in time to prevent the destruction of their home world. And for Mondas to survive, the Earth must die...

1992 Target Books edition Edit

LYTTON STEPPED FORWARD AND BOWED TO ONE OF THE CREATURES. 'WE ARE YOUR PRISONERS, LEADER,'

On twentieth-century Earth, the Doctor's old enemy, Lytton, appears to have allied himself with the ruthless Cybermen, who have devised a scheme which, if successful, could completely destroy the web of time and bring the human race to its knees. For when the Cyberplanet Mondas was destroyed in 1986, the Cybermen were forced to retreat to the planet Telos. Now they have journeyed back in time to prevent the destruction of their home world, and for Mondas to survive, the Earth must die...

Eric Saward's novelisation is based on the original story by Paula Moore, which featured Colin Baker in the role of the Doctor.

Chapter titles Edit

  1. The Day Begins
  2. The Perfect Crime
  3. The Peripatetic Doctor
  4. The Search Begins
  5. A Close Encounter of a Very Nasty Kind
  6. Telos
  7. The Tombs of the Cybermen
  8. The Great Escape
  9. Caught
  10. The Final Encounter

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The opening scene with the sewer workers Bill and David does not appear.
  • The silvery metal used to make Cybermen bodies is called arnickleton.
  • Lytton's race is called the Charnels.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • One of the titles with the longest history is this title, originally discussed in June 1984 and finally published in 1989.
  • In dedication to the memory of Bob, the father, And the splendour of the indigenous Peoples of the Americas.
  • Back page includes un-illustrated Doctor Who Magazine advert.

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication: Paperback (April 1989)

  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. One single paperback edition, estimated print run: 21,000, priced £1.99 (UK).

Re-issues: (October 1992)

  • Target / Virgin Publishing, with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £2.99 (UK).

Audio book Edit

In August 1995, BBC Audio released an abridged audio book version of the novel, read by Colin Baker.

It became part of the BBC MP3-CD Audio sampler Tales from the TARDIS Volume 1, "Ten hours on just one disc".

External links Edit

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