Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters was a novelisation based on the 1973 television serial Carnival of Monsters.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
1977 Target Books edition[edit | edit source]
Or so they think.
Far away on a planet called Inter Minor, a travelling showman is setting up his live peepshow, watched by an eager audience of space officials
On board ship, a giant hand suddenly appears, grasps the Tardis and withdraws. Without warning, a prehistoric monster rises from the sea to attack.
What is happening? Where are they? Only the Doctor realises, with horror, that they might be trapped ...
1993 Target Books edition[edit | edit source]
Programming the TARDIS to visit the attractive planet of Metebelis 3, the Doctor and Jo are disappointed to find they've arrived in a cargo ship bound for Singapore. Or so they think. In fact, they are trapped in a time-loop on the far away planet Inter Minor, where all the life-forms of the Galaxy miniaturised in the Scope - a peepshow for arch-showman Vorg. These lifeforms include the terrifying Drashigs - huge underwater dragons who add to the monumental problems the Doctor and Jo face in trying to escape this nightmare circus.
Chapter titles[edit | edit source]
- Dangerous Arrivals
- The Monster from the Sea
- The Giant Hand
- Inside the Machine
- The Monster in the Swamp
- 'Nothing escapes the Drashigs'
- The Battle on the Ship
- Kalik Plans Rebellion
- The Doctor Takes Over
- Return to Peril
- The End of the Scope
Deviations from televised story[edit | edit source]
- The introduction makes specific reference to the events of The Three Doctors.
- The Scope is made more impressive in the novelisation, producing a mild-hypnotic effect that helps draw the viewer into the experience of the scene being viewed.
- Other creatures such as Ice Warriors are contained within the scope.
- While in the televised version the Doctor ignited the marsh gas with his sonic screwdriver, he uses a flare pistol taken from the SS Bernice in the novelisation.
- The aggrometer affects the Doctor but not Jo.
- While in the televised version Jo uses the magnetic core extractor to open the plates, the Doctor uses it in the novelisation.
- Orum survives, breaks down and confesses everything.
Writing and publishing notes[edit | edit source]
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Additional cover images[edit | edit source]
British publication history[edit | edit source]
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- 1993 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £3.50 (UK)
Audiobook[edit | edit source]
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