Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters was a novelisation based on the 1973 television serial Carnival of Monsters.

Publisher's summary Edit

1977 edition Edit

The Doctor and Jo land on a cargo ship crossing the Indian Ocean in the year 1926

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 ...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Dangerous Arrivals
  2. The Monster from the Sea
  3. The Giant Hand
  4. Trapped!
  5. Inside the Machine
  6. The Monster in the Swamp
  7. 'Nothing escapes the Drashigs'
  8. The Battle on the Ship
  9. Kalik Plans Rebellion
  10. The Doctor Takes Over
  11. Return to Peril
  12. The End of the Scope

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • 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

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Audiobook Edit

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback


1993 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £3.50 (UK)

Editions published outside Britain Edit

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Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released on 13 November 2014 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Katy Manning.

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.

External links Edit

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