Terminal of Despair was a novel in the Doctor Who 2 in 1 books range.

Publisher's Summary

In Terminal of Despair, the TARDIS crew is quarantined in Terminal 4000, where the hideous Desponds have destroyed the hopes of all awaiting passengers. Can the Doctor and his friends help them escape without succumbing to despair themselves?


The Doctor, Amy and Rory have landed inside what seems to be a spaceport and look around. The Doctor meets a flight attendant with a grim face. She explains that thirteen creatures had invaded Terminal 4000. Amy and Rory, inside a shop, find that something's inside with them.

A dog-like creature is inside the shop. When Amy approaches it, it jumps on her. A tentacle protrudes from its mouth and tries to latch onto her throat. Rory helps knock it out the way and they escape. The Doctor learns the creatures are called Desponds, dog-like aliens who feed off hope. Everyone is in despair because there is no hope left inside them.

The TARDIS crew meet Roger McDowell, who has apparently shot one of the creatures. Now there are twelve. The Doctor follows Janie and Amy to the control room. Rory remains with the people in the lounge and meets Mister and Mrs Henry. In the control room, the Doctor tinkers with a machine. Realising that an alien has just entered, the computer releases a killing gas. Janie and Amy choke on it as the outside doors began to close.

The Doctor, unaffected by the gas, disperses it. Rory goes to look for Amy and the Doctor and finds Roger, who knocks him on the head with a gun butt. The Doctor decides the only way they could escape is if he dies. Amy isn't so sure.

The Doctor performs a Time Lord trick involving his binary vascular system. Amy and Janie escape and return to the lounge. The Doctor wakes and tries to figure a way out. In the lounge, everything is chaos. People talk of raiding the shop where other people went. Amy and Janie feel compelled to help them.

Amy and Janie are caught in the raid. Rory wakes in a space ship, where Roger introduces him to Cap. They believe the Doctor can fix their ship's engines. Rory is forced to agree.

The Doctor is still inside the control room, trying to get the spaceport's quarantine lifted. A control panel gives him an electrical shock. Amy grows worried about Rory.

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