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Planet of Giants was a novelisation based on the 1964 television serial Planet of Giants.

Publisher's summary[]

The Doctor is feeling confident: this time the TARDIS has landed on Earth; in England; in 1963. But when he and his companions venture outside, they are soon lost in a maze of ravines and menaced by gigantic insects. And the insects are dying - every living thing is dying...

Meanwhile, in a cottage garden on a perfect summer's day, the man from the Ministry arrives to put a stop to the production of DN6, a pesticide with the power to destroy all life-forms. But the men who invented DN6 will stop at nothing - not even murder - in their desire to see DN6 succeed.

Can the one-inch-tall Doctor foil their plans?

Chapter titles[]

  1. Dangerous Landfall
  2. The Unknown
  3. The Terrible Truth
  4. The Destroyer
  5. Death in a Country Garden
  6. Getting Away with Murder
  7. Dangerous Rescue
  8. Whirlpool
  9. Suspicion
  10. The Doctor's Plan
  11. Barbara's Peril
  12. Plan of Action
  13. Fire!
  14. A Question of Size

Deviations from televised story[]

  • The novelisation reinstates numerous scenes from the television script excised from the broadcast version.
  • Forester's first name is Mark.
  • The cat is described as "ginger" rather than tortoiseshell.

Story notes[]

  • The cover and information on the right are for the only Target edition. It featured the artwork of Alister Pearson.

Writing and publishing notes[]

  • This was the last story of the First Doctor's era to be novelised.

British publication history[]

One single paperback edition, priced £1.99 (UK), estimated print run: 22,000 copies.


This Target Novel was released as an audiobook on 4 May 2017 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Carole Ann Ford.

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.

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