1982 Target Books edition
Tegan, the young air hostess who quite unintentionally became a member of the TARDIS's crew, wants to return to her own time, but when the Doctor tries to take her back to Heathrow Airport in the twentieth century the TARDIS lands instead on the outskirts of seventeenth-century London.
The Doctor and his companions receive a decidedly unfriendly welcome - but it soon becomes clear that the sinister activities of other visitors from time and space have made the villagers extremely suspicious of outsiders.
As a result of the aliens' evil schemes, the Doctor finds himself on the point of playing a key role in a gruesome historical event...
1992 Target Books edition
"CALL YOURSELF A TIME LORD?" TEGAN SHOUTED. "A BROKEN CLOCK KEEPS BETTER TIME THAN YOU!"
The Doctor and his companions receive a decidedly cool welcome - and it soon becomes clear that the sinister activities of other visitors from space and time have made the villagers extremely sensitive of outsiders.
And as a result of the aliens' evil schemes, the Doctor finds himself on the point of playing a key role in a gruesome historical event.
2016 BBC Books edition
Trying to get Tegan back to Heathrow in 1981, the Doctor brings the TARDIS to the right place, but over 300 years early - to 1666. They are not the only visitors as Death stalks the local woods, complete with cloak, scythe and a skull like face.
In fact, 'Death' is and android bought by a group of alien Terileptils whose spaceship has crashed. Criminals and fugitives from their own race, they now plan to take over Earth. With Adric and Tegan captured, the Doctor and Nyssa try to deal with the deadly android, and a group of local villagers under the control of the Terileptils.
But even if they succeed, can they prevent the Terileptils from unleashing an even more deadly form of the Black Death?
Deviations from televised story
- The Doctor realises who the Terileptils are because they left their tag on their escape capsule; this was not explained in the televised story.
- The Squire is named Sir John.
- Elizabeth is in her room when she spots the Terileptil spacecraft crashing.
- Tegan's references to the events of Kinda while in her room are removed.
Writing and publishing notes
- This was the first book in the range to feature the use of a photographic cover. A jacket painting was commissioned and made by David McAllister, but due to objections from Peter Davison's agent about artwork depictions of him at the time, Target switched to using a photograph of Davison for the cover. (The only first edition Fifth Doctor Target books to feature artwork rather than photos of Davison's Doctor were Castrovalva and The Five Doctors.)
- This was the first title to be referred to in the Target library as book number 74. The number appeared on the cover on a subsequent reprint.
- Dedication: `For Paula, with fondest love'
- Cover Flash reads `A BBC TV PROGRAMME WITH PETER DAVISON AS THE DOCTOR'
- This novelisation was later released as part of The History Collection.
Additional cover images
British publication history
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- Howe, D.J., Stammers, M. and Walker, S.J., Doctor Who- The Eighties, p160. ISBN 978-0-75-35012-83.