Mawdryn Undead was a novelisation based on the 1983 television serial Mawdryn Undead.
Publisher's summary Edit
1984 edition Edit
The Doctor's time-travelling machine is trapped in the flight-path of an alien spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. To avoid the fatal impact of a head-on collision the TARDIS resorts to the only escape possible and materialises onboard the on-coming liner.
This solves the immediate problem, but a new difficulty arises- the TARDIS cannot get off the ship until a radio signal transmitting from Earth has been disconnected.
Naturally enough, things don't go quite as planned...
Chapter titles Edit
- An Accidental Meeting
- A New Enemy
- An Old Friend
- The Alien in the TARDIS
- Return to the Ship
- Rising of the Undead
- Double Danger of the Brigadier
- All Present and Correct
Deviations from televised story Edit
- The Brigadier's decline is explored.
- Turlough feels contempt for his school.
- The Headmaster is named as Mr. Sellick and the Matron as Miss Cassidy.
- The Black Guardian is more obviously controlling Turlough throughout the story than on screen, causing him to attack the Doctor with the rock.
- The Brigadier sees Turlough stealing his car as a reason to bring back corporal punishment.
- Turlough lets the Doctor know he has advanced technical knowledge as a way of tipping him off that something else is going on.
- The Doctor's explanation of what Mawdryn's people want of him is clearer than the third episode cliffhanger makes it.
- The Black Guardian criticising Turlough for not getting the 1977 Brigadier to the transmit as the Doctor instructed is left out.
- The Doctor and Tegan's opening conversation about the Mara, a holdover from the previous story, is omitted.
Writing and publishing notes Edit
- This story was released as an audiobook read by Peter Grimwade.
- Early artworked covers were rejected for reasons relating to the use of the likeness of certain actors on covers without permission, approval and remuneration.
- Featured quotation: "You cannot know or dream just who I am! But every sea and every ocean and every sailor who sails across the world will know this ship, the terror of the godly: the 'Flying Dutchman' is my name!" Richard Wagner
- Dedication: "For Keith Shand"
Additional cover images Edit
British publication history Edit
- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK