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Our Planet Story was a Gallifreyan nursery book. Romana and the Doctor both had copies when they were Time Tots; the Doctor thought it was "very good". It related Gallifreyan history, from Rassilon to criminals such as Lady Scintilla and Salyavin. One passage read:

And in the Great Days of Rassilon, five great principles were laid down. Can you remember what they were, my children? (WC: Shada, AUDIO: Shada, PROSE: Shada)

The book was illustrated vividly; decades later, Romana recalled a picture of "the wild, screaming insanity of the Great Mind Outlaw Salyavin" and another illustration of Scintilla, a "haughty flame-haired woman in red robes" with "six-inch razor-sharp nails painted blood red". (PROSE: Shada)

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The passage above is found in all versions of Shada, but the title Our Planet Story, and the details of its illustrations, come from the novelisation by Gareth Roberts.

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