DOCTOR WHO is strangely concerned about Professor Horner's plan to cut open an ancient barrow near the peaceful English village of Devil's End; equally worried is Miss Hawthorne, the local white witch, who foretells a terrible disaster if he goes ahead; determined that the Professor should is Mr. Magister, the new vicar (in truth the MASTER) whose secret ceremonies are designed to conjure up from out of the barrow a horribly powerful being from a far-off planet ... The Brigadier and Jo Grant assist DOCTOR WHO in this exciting confrontation with the forces of black magic!
`DOCTOR WHO, the children's own programme which adults adore...' Gerard Garrett, The Daily Sketch.
Equally worried is Miss Hawthorne, the local white witch, who foretells a terrible disaster if he goes ahead.
The only person who wants the Professor to open to the barrow is the vicar (in truth THE MASTER) whose secret ceremomies are designed to conjure up from out of the barrow a horribly powerful being ...
- The White Witch
- The New Vicar
- The Opening of the Barrow
- The Appearance of the Beast
- The Heat Barrier
- The Second Appearance
- Into Danger
- The Third Appearance
- The Rescue
- Into the Cavern
- The Sacrifice
Deviations from televised story
- As in the earlier novelisation PROSE: Doctor Who and the Zarbi, the Doctor is referred to in the text by the technically incorrect name "Doctor Who".
- Some characters are renamed: Jim is renamed Josh Wilkins and Tom Girton is renamed Tom Wilkins.
- Several characters are given first or last names: Bert is given the last name Walker, Thorpe is given the first name Ron and Winstanley's full name is given as Montmorency Vere de Vere Winstanley.
- Benton's scenes with Miss Hawthorne are expanded upon.
- Benton and Miss Hawthorne drawing a pentagram to try to destroy Bok.
- The Master is upset when he thinks he killed the Doctor.
Writing and publishing notes
- 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.
- This is the only novelisation of a televised story to be written by series producer Barry Letts. He would later novelise two Third Doctor radio plays and also write several original novels.
Additional cover images
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British publication history
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- 1980 Target Books with a new cover by Andrew Skilleter priced 75p (UK)
- 1993 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alistair Pearson priced £3.50 (UK)
Editions published outside Britain
- This novelisation was translated into Dutch and released in the Netherlands in 1974
- This novelisation was translated into Portuguese and released in in Portugal in 1983.