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Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth was a novelisation based on the 1964 television serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

Publisher's summary Edit

1977 Target Books edition Edit

The TARDIS lands in a London of future times — a city of fear, devastation and holocaust... a city now ruled by DALEKS.

The Doctor and his companions meet a team of underground resistance workers, among the few survivors, but after an unsuccessful attack on the Dalek spaceship, they are all forced to flee the capital.

A perilous journey through England finally brings them to the secret centre of Dalek operations...and the mysterious reason for the Dalek invasion of Earth!

1990 Target Books edition Edit

The TARDIS materializes in London - but Ian and Barbara have not returned home. The streets are deserted; the buildings are crumbling.

But the city is not as empty as it seems. Robotized humans stalk the decaying streets, searching for the beleaguered freedom fighters; and from their flying saucer in Trafalgar Square the Daleks plan the subjugation of the peoples of the world and the transformation of the planet into a giant spaceship.

This story, first broadcast on television in 1964, marked the second appearance of the Daleks and ended with the break-up of the original TARDIS crew.

Terrance Dicks, who was the Doctor Who script editor for five years, has written more than sixty novels based on Doctor Who television stories. This is a new edition of one of his earliest novelizations.

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Return to Terror
  2. The Roboman
  3. The Freedom Fighters
  4. Inside the Saucer
  5. Attack the Daleks!
  6. The Fugitives
  7. Reunion with the Doctor
  8. The Mine of the Daleks
  9. Dangerous Journey
  10. Trapped in the Depths
  11. Action Underground
  12. Rebellion!
  13. Explosion!
  14. The Farewell

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • As is common in many of the Target Novelisations, the wording of the dialogue is quite different, including the First Doctor's famous farewell speech to Susan. Some lines of dialogue are also given to different characters.
  • When Ian asks how the Daleks survived, the Doctor, rather than claim the events of The Daleks took place "a million years in the future", merely suggests the Daleks had other colonies on Skaro that were not involved in the Thal attack and so the destruction was not as complete as everyone believed.
  • Carl Tyler is renamed Jim Tyler. Similarly, Jack Craddock is renamed Bill Craddock.
  • The Black Dalek is larger than the other Daleks.
  • The Dalek Saucer Commander is not identified, although a second-in-command is present.
  • The Doctor does not pass out like he does in Episode 4 and helps David disarm the Dalek firebomb (called a "blockbuster bomb").
  • Some Robomen are present when Barbara and Jenny are arrested by the Daleks at the womens' hut.
  • Instead of the two brothers killing each other in a struggle, Larry kills the robotised Phil by knocking his helmet off, then a Dalek arrives on the scene and kills Larry in his grief.
  • The Doctor orders both the slaves and the Robomen to clear the mine area before the explosion. What happened to the Robomen after the Dalek invasion force is destroyed is left unexplained.
  • A few scenes are changed to closer resemble the movie remake of the story starring Peter Cushing:
    • Dortmun's death sees him buried under falling rubble, taking a Dalek with him, rather than just being shot by them.
    • Ian uses some wooden planks to send the Dalek bomb on the wrong course as Tom Campbell did, rather than jamming it in place.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

Re-issues:

  • Paperback
Virgin Publishing Ltd. UK September 1990 Cover by Alistair Pearson (£2.50 UK)
Virgin Publishing Ltd. UK May 1991 Cover by Alistair Pearson (£2.50 UK)

Editions published outside Britain Edit

  • Published in Germany by Schneider-Buch in 1981 as a paperback edition, translated by Ulla Neckenauer and published as Dr. Who - Kampf um die Erde, it was one of two German novelisations published in the early 1980’s.
  • Published in France by Editions Garanciere in 1987 as a paperback edition, translated by Roland C. Wagner and published as Docteur Who – Les Daleks Envahissent la Terre, it was one of eight French novelisations; each book is given the strapline ‘Igor et Grichka Bogdanoff presentent’ they presented a French science programme called Temps X, the broadcaster had bought and dubbed a selection of Fourth Doctor stories in 1986 but didn’t show them until 1989. The novelisation features an image of the First Doctor with the Fourth Doctor’s scarf.[1]
  • Published again in Germany by Goldmann Verlag in 1989 as a paperback edition, translator unknown and published as Dr. Who und das Komplott der Daleks, it was one of six German novelisations published in the late 1980’s.

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released on 5 November 2009 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by William Russell with Dalek voices by Nicholas Briggs.

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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