Publisher's summary Edit
Why does the mysterious soldier march straight over a cliff – and then reappear unharmed?
Why are they attacked by the sinister mechanics with built-in guns for hands?
Why is a picturesque country village at first deserted – then filled with mindless zombies?
And why are their best friends suddenly trying to kill them?
The Doctor has stumbled on a cunning alien plan to take over the Earth. Will he be in time to defeat the deadly Kraals and their terrifying android invasion?
Chapter titles Edit
- Strange Arrival
- Village of Terror
- The Watcher
- The Test
- The Countdown
- Hero's Return
- Death of a Doctor
Deviations from televised story Edit
- An army truck transports the android villagers to and from the village simulation instead of the large tradesman's pickup truck used in the televised version.
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- When the first seventy-three Target novelisations were retroactively numbered in 1983, this book was assigned #2; however no edition bearing the number was ever printed.
Additional cover images Edit
British publication history Edit
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
Editions published outside Britain Edit
- Published in the USA by Pinnacle Books in 1980 as a paperback edition, it was one of ten American novelisations; an introduction by Harlan Ellison features in all the editions.
- Published again in the USA by Aeonian Press in 1984 as a hardback edition; it was one of seven novelisations published in the mid-1980's.