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

1977 edition

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!

Chapter titles

  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

  • 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

Additional cover images

British publication history

First publication:

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


  • 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

  • Published in France in May 1987 as Docteur Who Les Daleks envahissent la Terre (The Daleks invade Earth) translated by Roland C. Wagner and adapted by Corine Derblum. Illustrations by Jean-François Pénichoux.


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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