Delta and the Bannermen was a novelisation based on the 1987 television serial Delta and the Bannermen.

Publisher's summary Edit

1989 edition Edit

As the 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...

Chapter titles Edit

  • Prologue
  • Chapter One
  • Chapter Two
  • Chapter Three
  • Chapter Four
  • Chapter Five
  • Chapter Six
  • Chapter Seven
  • Chapter Eight
  • Chapter Nine
  • Chapter Ten
  • Chapter Eleven
  • Chapter Twelve
  • Chapter Thirteen
  • Chapter Fourteen
  • Chapter Fifteen
  • Chapter Sixteen
  • Chapter Seventeen
  • Chapter Eighteen
  • Chapter Nineteen
  • Chapter Twenty
  • Chapter Twenty-One
  • Chapter Twenty-Two
  • Chapter Twenty-Three
  • Chapter Twenty-Four
  • Chapter Twenty-Five
  • Chapter Twenty-Six
  • Chapter Twenty-Seven
  • Chapter Twenty-Eight
  • Chapter Twenty-Nine
  • Chapter Thirty
  • Chapter Thirty-One
  • Chapter Thirty-Two
  • Epilogue

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The Production Notes commentary on the 2009 DVD release of Delta and the Bannermen revealed that the first edition of the novelisation contains an unfortunate typographical error: during the scene in which the Doctor and Ray are caught snooping on Gavrok, the Doctor is described as "peeing over" instead of "peering over" a shelf. This is unfortunate as "peeing" is common slang for the act of bodily urination. The typographical error also exists in the 1991 reissue. The error can be found in both editions on page 54.
  • On TV, Burton has a dog. However there is no mention of this dog in the novelisation.
  • On TV, Hawk burns his hand when he enters the ray of the sonic cone, but in the book, he injures his head.
  • In the novelisation the Doctor and Mel mention visiting the planets Zoth and Themlon.
  • The epilogue of the book shows Billy, Delta and her daughter arriving on the brood planet, which is said to be covered in hexagonal chambers as far as the eye can see. Delta and her daughter stay on the brood planet and Billy takes the Bannermen to a galactic court before returning to the brood planet.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • The first edition features a typographical error on the spine, referring to the book as Doctor Who – Delta and the Bannerman.
  • A proposed hardback edition for January 1989 was never released.

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

First publication: Paperback (January 1989)

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

Re-issues: (November 1991)

  • Target / Virgin Publishing, estimated print run: 9,000, priced £2.99 (UK).

Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released on 1 June 2017 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Bonnie Langford.

The cover blurb and thumbnail illustrations were retained in the accompanying booklet with sleevenotes by David J. Howe. Music and sound effects by Simon Power.

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