A diamond raid in 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...
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...
Lytton stepped forward and bowed to one of the creatures. "We are your prisoners, leader," he said. He sounded pleased.
On 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...
- The Day Begins
- The Perfect Crime
- The Peripatetic Doctor
- The Search Begins
- A Close Encounter of a Very Nasty Kind
- The Tombs of the Cybermen
- The Great Escape
- The Final Encounter
Deviations from televised story
- 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
- 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
to be added
British publication history
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).
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".