Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters was a novelisation based on the 1973 television serial Carnival of Monsters.
Publisher's summary Edit
1977 Target Books edition Edit
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
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
- 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
- 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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- An unabridged audiobook of the story was recorded by Gabriel Woolf for the RNIB in 1978, alongside The Three Doctors and The Loch Ness Monster. It was only available to the registered blind. More recently in 2014, BBC Audio released a new recording of the story, read by Katy Manning.
Additional cover images Edit
British publication history Edit
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- 1993 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £3.50 (UK)
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