Four to Doomsday was a novelisation based on the 1982 television serial Four to Doomsday.

Publisher's summary Edit

1983 edition Edit

When the TARDIS happens to materialise on an alien space craft, the commander of the ship, the reptilian Monarch, invites the Doctor and his companions to continue their journey to Earth in his company.

Monarch's hospitality even extends to a generous offer to liberate the time-travellers from the shortcomings of their bodies and replicate them as androids-so much more practical.

Although Adric finds this proposal extremely attractive, the Doctor has good reason to be suspicious of Monarch's motives...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Ship of Mystery
  2. A Meeting with Monarch
  3. The Transformation
  4. The Invaders
  5. The Explorers
  6. The Android
  7. The Convert
  8. Tegan's Gamble
  9. Death Warrant
  10. Reprieved
  11. Riot!
  12. Spacewalk

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Monarch is killed by Adric rather than the Doctor at the story's conclusion.
  • The assiter that Nyssa investigates simply stops and looks at her rather than pushing her away.
  • As in the early scripts, the assiters are described as wearing bands rather than having discs on their hands.
  • Bigon's face plate remains removed for slightly longer than on screen, with his explanatory dialogue delivered while faceless.
  • Bigon explains that Monarch has claimed he will let some of Earth's population survive for him and the others to rule but does not believe him.
  • The Doctor attempts to convince Monarch to spare him by saying only he can control the TARDIS only for Tegan to promptly dematerialise it.
  • It is explained that the TARDIS only travelled a short distance because Tegan failed to use the power booster.
  • The joke about the Doctor claiming to bowl a good Chinaman is changed to a good googly.
  • The cliffhanger ending is omitted, with the novel ending on the Doctor promising they are on the way to Heathrow and Tegan noting she's heard that before.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

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Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

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

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released on 2 March 2017 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Matthew Waterhouse.

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.

External links Edit

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