Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus was a novelisation based on the 1964 television serial The Keys of Marinus.

Publisher's summary Edit

MARINUS a remote force-shielded island set in a sea of acid, governed by

THE CONSCIENCE the ultimate computer which rules and balances the gentle life of Marinus, guarded by

ARBITAN THE KEEPER ruthless protector of a peace-loving race threatened by

YARTEK Warlord of the brutal sub-human Voords, sworn enemy of Arbitan and of Marinus, who has within his grasp

THE KEYS OF MARINUS the Conscience's vital micro-circuits, the doors of good and evil.

Can the Doctor find the hidden circuits in time? Arbitan's command was 'Find them, OR DIE!'

Chapter titles Edit

  1. The Sea of Death
  2. The Marble City
  3. The Velvet Web
  4. The Brains of Morphoton
  5. The Screaming Jungle
  6. The Whispering Darkness
  7. The Snows of Terror
  8. The Demons
  9. Sentenced!
  10. The Mystery of the Locked Room
  11. The Missing Key
  12. Arbitan's Revenge
  13. Final Goodbyes

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The Voord are identified as a frog-like subspecies with bullet-shaped heads, lacking their distinctive helmets.
  • The warrior who initially follows Susan around the outside of the City is a "Class 1 Voord Assault Trooper" that has been programmed to kill enemies on sight, indicating that it is partly mechanical or robotic in nature.
  • Yartek is said to have developed a technological immuniser that he distributed amongst his followers rather than the unexplained resistance to the Conscience's pacifying influence of the televised version.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • This title was Philip Hinchcliffe's last contribution to the range and his sole novelisation of a serial he did not produce.
  • With no photographs for reference, cover artist David McAllister decided to try something different and feature no people on the cover.
  • Then producer John Nathan-Turner's insistent critique of the cover artwork -- namely that the TARDIS itself is blue, not grey and the light atop it white, not red -- went unheeded. The unaltered image was used for publication.

Continuity Edit

  • The passage of time on Marinus is measured in zeniths.
  • The Voord's origins here as genetically-engineered animals conflict with other sources that position them as early ancestors to the Cybermen. (COMIC: The World Shapers)

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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


A planned reissue in 1994 was cancelled.

External links Edit

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