Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos was a novelisation based on the 1971 television serial The Claws of Axos.

Publisher's summary Edit

1979 Target Books edition Edit

`Axos calling Earth, Axos calling Earth...'

The creatures stood before them, beautiful golden humaniods, offering friendship and their priceless Axonite, in return for - what?

Only DOCTOR WHO remains suspicious. What is the real reason for the Axon's sudden arrival on Earth? And why is the evil Master a passenger on their spaceship? He very soon finds out...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Invader from Space
  2. The Landing
  3. The Voice of Axos
  4. Enter the Master
  5. The Doctor Makes a Plan
  6. Escape from Axos
  7. The Axons Attack
  8. The Power Robbers
  9. The Sacrifice
  10. Brainstorm
  11. The Feast of Axos
  12. Trapped in Time

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Many cut scenes are reinstated, including Bill Filer meeting Jo (although Jo dropping her files and Bill picking them is new to the novel); Chinn demanding that the Doctor is suspended from his duties as he does not officially exist.
  • In the opening scene, the tracking station is a separate building, whereas on-screen it is part of UNIT HQ. Likewise the two operators, who are given the names Harry and Ransome (unnamed on-screen), are not part of UNIT. They are looking over star charts. They have a  list of names and numbers to contact about unidentified flying objects including UNIT which Harry is not familiar with. Ransome phones their director (who does not appear), who is home in bed.
  • For later scenes the tracking room scenes resumes to UNIT HQ as on-screen with unnamed radio operators.
  • Chinn is given the first name of Horatio.
  • The reason for Chinn's investigation is for the newly created Ministry of Security, an organisation designed to put together all of Britain's intelligence organisations under one central umbrella. He has been sent in due to the Brigadier's refusal as they report to Geneva.
  • UNIT is part funded by the British government.
  • It is Chinn's second day with UNIT. He appears to be on his own, unlike on-screen where there are at least a couple of non-speaking assistants looking at files.
  • The Brigadier daydreams of having Chinn taken out the back and shot through the head. He thinks Chinn is a horror of peace.
  • Chinn looks at Jo's file and deems her too young and inexperienced for security work, which he sees as a mark against the Brigadier.
  • There is an empty folder marked 'The Doctor' whereas on-screen Chinn looks through several files marked 'Top Secret'. The Brigadier intended to be assemble a dossier of the Doctor since he joined UNIT during the Auton Invasion but never got around to it.
  • The business of the Doctor bumping the door into Chinn is omitted. They are introduced to each other by the Brigadier.
  • Woods and lawns surround UNIT HQ.
  • The brief scene of Yates asking Benton about the UFO as they walk through the UNIT corridor is omitted (this was a scene worked out in rehearsals of the televised story)
  • Some of Benton's dialogue in the operations room is given to a technician.
  • Corporal Bell does not appear and her role is given to a technician (the inclusion of the Corporal was later addition to the televised story). Also, the dialogue about freak weather conditions is omitted (again, something added later to explain discrepancies in filming).
  • Pigbin Josh is renamed Old Josh. He has different dialogue (mainly internal narration) and his yokel ramblings are removed. He doesn't look through rubbish tips as on-screen. He is travelling from his tumbldown cottage to his local pub, a journey that has been extended two miles longer due to the building of the science complex in the middle of the marshes. The pond that Josh falls into is named Duckett's Pond.
  • The Doctor and Jo travel to the landing site not in a UNIT vehicle, as on-screen, but in Bessie (which does not feature in the TV story).

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Title page includes: THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration of this book portrays the third DOCTOR WHO whose physical appearance was altered by the Time Lords when they banished him to planet Earth in the Twentieth Century.

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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


1979 Target Books with a new cover by John Geary priced 75p (UK)
1989 Star Books with The Mind of Evil priced £2.95p (UK)

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released 2 June 2016 complete and unabridged by BBC Physical Audio and read by Richard Franklin.

Reading produced by Neil Gardner.

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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